While staying in Wagga Wagga in country New South Wales, we did several day trips to explore the surrounding small towns. We were amazed at the wealth of history which is being preserved in the many museums in the rural towns. If you are an aviation buff, or have an interest in military history, the Temora Aviation Museum is one attraction not to be missed.
TEMORA AVIATION MUSUEM
I don’t know a Lockheed Hudson from a Spitfire but even I could appreciate the variety of aircraft and the way they’ve been lovingly restored, preserving a lost era of aviation.
All the aircraft in the collection continue to be airworthy and to be flown on a regular basis. The Temora Aviation Museum was established in 1999 and dedicated to aircraft and pilots who had defended Australia. The museum has a reputation for being a world class attraction for its display of military aircraft which has a historical significance to Australia.
The aircraft lineup includes Australia’s only two flying Spitfires, and the oldest Tiger Moth still flying in the country.
History has been captured in video interviews with the people who flew the aircraft back in the day which personalises the experience.
Temora Aviation Museum is split into three sections, two of the three are accessible. There’s the hangar with the aircraft on display, an area with archive history and the viewing area above the maintenance hangar (this has stairs to access it).
ACCESSIBILITY AT TEMORA AVIATION MUSEUM
Access at the museum is excellent with step-free accessibility throughout.
Wide aisles make circulating throughout the museum a breeze and information noticeboards are at a good height for reading for wheelchair users.
A unisex stand-alone bathroom is available.
The gift shop is definitely worth a look with many unusual aviation related items including books, DVDs and clothing.
The Temora Aviation Museum holds flying displays throughout the year. The Aircraft Showcases deliver a day of entertainment including flying displays, interviews with pilots and veterans, children’s activities, pilot meet and greet and tours of the engineering workshop. These days sound like the ultimate visit for true aviation enthusiasts.
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and appreciated the easy access. I can imagine BJ would have loved to visit on one of the Aircraft Showcase days. Perhaps that warrants another visit in the future.
You can read more about the Temora Aviation museum on their website.