UPDATE – Unfortunately this great car museum closed in early 2019
Just one hour’s drive north from Sydney’s CBD is a museum which is a motor enthusiasts idea of heaven. And that’s exactly why AJ and I stayed home today and let the boys enthuse away at the Gosford Classic Car Museum. With a collection of over 450 cars and motorcycles, the largest in the Southern Hemisphere, we felt it best to let the boys admire, linger, analyse and ponder until their hearts were content. Joining the boys was Hubby’s brother, a fellow car enthusiast so they had the company of someone with a shared interest. Considering many of the cars on display are for sale, I feel it was probably brave of me to let the boys loose for the day! Thankfully they came home in the same car they left home in!
Gosford Classic Car Museum is one of the 5 largest car museums in the world. Museum owner Tony Denny, views cars as a work of art and wanted to open a museum so others could appreciate the automotive world he loves so much.
Housed in an old Bunnings hardware site the vehicles cover an expanse of more than 11,000 square metres. The total value of cars and motorbikes on display is estimated at over $70 million with 95% of the vehicles in the collection purchased within Australia. The remaining cars come from the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
One of the museum’s first purchases was a collection of 53 cars from the Rambler Museum of Western Australia.
With 35 Ferraris, 25 Communist cars and the full range of Holden’s from 1948-1978, there’s sure to be something to please all motoring fans.
I’m told, even a non-motoring enthusiast will find something of interest, or at the very least it will prove a trip down memory lane. If like me,you need caffeine to be a supportive partner in such a situation, there is a café onsite! A cup of tea can save a marriage in so many situations. Hubby tells me the café works out of a food van which has two steps up to order. Hubby did say the staff at the museum were exceptionally helpful so I’d be hopeful someone would be able to assist if a wheelchair user was wanting to order.
The boys spent a good couple of hours at the museum which was impressive given it was such a hot day with the temperature rising over 40 degrees. Hubby’s highlight was a Corvette, his dream car.
We even lugged a huge book on Corvettes home from the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, such is his love of this vehicle.
BJ apparently loved the Lamborghini and Goggomobil. Talk about a taste of extremes.
As you can see from the video, the museum has wide aisles making access a breeze.
Four accessible parking spaces are available.
Australian Companion Card is accepted.
There’s a stand-alone unisex accessible bathroom which is located beside the general bathroom facilities. Hubby found it difficult to find as it isn’t sign posted but staff were happy to point him in the right direction.
The venue is not air conditioned so on hot days it’s best to arrive early in the day.
You can read more about Gosford Classic Car Museum on their website.
A big thanks to Hubby’s brother, also BJ, for the video footage.