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Heritage Pump Station

“I’ve always had a love of steam trains and the incredible power they had, so I love visiting the Pump Station and imagining I’ve stepped back in time.”

In the not too distant past, Heritage Pump Station delivered water to Couridjah to replenish the steam locomotives on the old southern railway after their long haul up the steep grade from Picton.

Today, steam train fans and history buffs will love checking out this fascinating link with Thirlmere’s locomotive history. The restored sandstone heritage pumphouse is the only remaining example of a building of its kind, and is a great place to visit if you’re thinking about day trips from Picton, Tahmoor and Campbelltown.

There are detailed information displays to let you and your kids learn more about this historic site. Be sure to explore the original pump housekeeper’s track or Thirlmere Lakes walking track and stop for a picnic at Werri Berri picnic area.


Getting there

Getting there:

Heritage Pump Station is accessed from Couridjah picnic area in the southern precinct of Thirlmere Lakes National Park. To get there:

  • If travelling north from Buxton on West Parade, turn left onto Slades Road or Pumphouse Road.
  • If travelling south from Picton, turn right onto Slades Road and continue to the picnic area, which will be on the left.

Get driving directions


Vehicle access:

Unsealed road/trail - 2WD (no long vehicle access) - All weather


Parking is available at Couridjah picnic area.

Important info

You should know:

  • Drinking water is not available in this area, so it’s a good idea to bring your own.
  • There is limited/no mobile reception in this park

Wheelchair access:


Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty.

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Heritage Pump Station bricks hero, Thirlmere Lakes National Park. Photo: John Spencer