One of the Illawarra's best kept secrets for a great family-friendly day out!
The HARS Aviation Museum, located at Shellharbour Regional Airport in Albion Park (just over an hour by road South of Sydney), is a fantastic local tourist attraction that showcases some of Australia's aviation history, right here in the Illawarra.
Operating since 1979, this local aviation 'interactive' museum is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of historical aircraft, including the last Boeing 747-400 in Australia. You can board many of their aircraft and even sit in the pilot's seat of an F111 supersonic fighter.
The museum offers families a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with the aeroplanes, walk through the hangars, sit in some of the cockpits and even explore some of the planes on display.
There is even a great cafe on site (Cafe Connie) for a pit stop for hungry little tummies while taking a break from all the busy plane gazing (kids menu too) as well as coffee, cold drinks and ice creams.
Tarmac Days - popular with kids and families
HARS Tarmac Days will be held outside the HARS hangars on the weekend of the second Friday of the month. Members of the public will be able to board and sit in some of the aircraft including the cockpits of the F-111C fighter bomber and Neptune submarine hunter. CLICK HERE to learn more
Opening hours and admission: Open daily/7 days a week from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm, last tour leaves at 2pm. No need to book in advance though advance notice of groups of 10 or more is appreciated.
General admission includes a guided museum tour through ALL of their displays and hangars. Tours are guided by their dedicated volunteers to ensure that you get the most out of the experience. Family passes also available. Check out their different tour/admission options HERE
You can learn more about HARS Aviation Museum HERE for all you need to know in planning a great day out one weekend with the fam - one that the kids will want to go back to!