Most of our 3.5 kilometre tramline winds through the bush, as did many of Sydney’s tram routes, on the way to beaches or ferry wharves.
In the northerly direction, trams run parallel to Rawson Avenue on their own right-of-way past the TAFE College and the Army depot to our present terminus about 800 metres south of Sutherland railway station. Our next objective is to complete the tramline by extending the track under the railway bridge and into the Sutherland shopping centre to terminate outside the original steam tram starter’s building adjacent to Sutherland railway station
In the other direction is Parklink, the former railway line which stretches two kilometres into the Royal National Park to terminate at the old railway station platform. From there, it is a short stroll to the Bungoona lookout. A further kilometre’s downhill walk along the Honeymoon Track brings you to the pictureseque Audley weir, Weir Cafe and National Park Visitor’s Centre.
Our Parklink trams depart at a quarter past each hour, beginning at 10.15 each day we’re open with the last one running at 4.15 on Sundays and at 2.15 pm on Wednesdays. A return service operates to the Museum fifteen minutes after leaving the Museum (i.e. the first one for the day returns at 10.30).
Using Parklink you can combine a ride into the National Park with a visit to the Museum – or you can catch a tram into the Park right from the gate of the Museum. The Museum is right alongside Loftus railway station, so transfer from CityRail trains is a hop, skip and a jump. Start or finish your day at the National Park with a Parklink tram ride!
Parklink trams depart from the Museum at hourly intervals from 10:15am until 4:15pm on Sundays and public holidays (except Christmas Day); on Wednesdays a limited service operates between 10:15am and 2:15pm. Return trips leave the Royal National Park approximately 15 minutes later. [These tickets are purchased from the conductor onboard the tram.]
On Sundays and advertised public holidays, three trams are usually operational; on Wednesdays, this is reduced to two. A variety of different trams is usually available for these services.
For the convenience of visitors to the Royal National Park, independent return fares of $6 adults, $4 child/concession are available on the Parklink service which does not cover entry to the Museum.