The Australian Motorlife Museum

Home of the Paul Butler Collection

PATRONS Pedr Davis OAM, Jeremy Morris SC, Warren Brown, Wayne Gardner AM


About About
The Australian Motorlife Museum  

The Australian Motorlife Museum is a not for profit volunteer organisation with Authority to Fund Raise as a Tax Exempt Charity that began in the early 1990’s with a group of veteran and Vintage motoring enthusiasts building the Illawarra Motor Museum with the sole purpose of showcasing the Veteran and Vintage cars to all Australian and international visitors.  

With the inclusion of more exhibits there was a need expand so we moved into the new building with a new name to include “Motorlife” which was chosen from an early magazine publication so as to cover not only the main exhibits, the cars, motorcycles and bicycles but also the technology that helped change the face of Australia during  the late 1800’s and so you will see a very wide range of exhibits from tools, gramophones, typewriters, scales, telephones and more, with a lot of the exhibits resorted by our volunteers or on loan from members and friends.  

The museum houses:  The Paul Butler Collection which is the accumulation of many years of collecting a wide range of cars and memorabilia; one person’s passion. The Wayne Gardner Collection of trophies and motorcycles. The NRMA Heritage display. And some fine examples of Australian motoring heritage.  

Motorlife has continued to run popular events for the enthusiast over the years such as our Annual Expo on the October Long Weekend, Wheels in Motion on the 2nd Sunday of every month and we are a venue for National Motoring Heritage Day in May.

The Members Room opened by and named in honour of Sir Jack Brabham can be hired for functions with a fully equipped industrial kitchen and bar area. There are also seating nooks in our café area for morning tea, lunch or afternoon tea (bookings required) other facilities include seating on the veranda to enjoy your packed lunch. We are easy walking distance from a BBQ picnic area with full playground all set in beautiful parklands.

Our visitors can take their time exploring our single storey building with easy access for wheelchairs and full amenities including parent changing room. We allow visitors to take photos and we have a few interesting photo opportunities for our visitors.

For further background on our museum please ask for a copy of our publication “The Story So Far” when you visit or send a stamped addresses A4 envelope and we will send you a copy.  

The Committee of The Australian Motorlife Museum 


STANDARD: $17.50pp
CHILD 6-16: $6.00pp
CONCESSION: $15.00pp
Catering and self catering options available
Morning and Afternoon tea $7.00
(Above Served in the Brabham Room)
Meals are prearranged by Calling : (02) 4621 4100 Monday's & Thursday's
*prices subject to change without notice

monday: Closed


A Member Of:
Australasian Motor Museums Association
Council Of Heritage Motor Clubs N.S.W
Destination Wollongong
Museums Australia
Council Of Motor Clubs
Destination Shellharbour


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The 9th Annual Motoring Expo

  • Date: 30/09/2018 08:30 AM - 30/09/2018 02:00 PM
  • Location: Australian Motorlife Museum Integral Energy Recreation Park Darkes Road Wollongong (Map)

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Australian MOTORLIFE Museum members are a group of people interested in heritage motoring and also parallel advancements in technology during the same period that saw the evolution of the motor vehicle.

Australian MOTORLIFE Museum is managed by an annually elected committee and our membership takes a keen interest in the life of the Museum by attending meetings, events and by volunteering their time to assist in the running of the Museum in some way and aim to use their skills and some time to help the Museum achieve its goals.

Australian MOTORLIFE  Museum offers several different types of membership. Membership with full voting rights, Membership plus Partner with full voting rights for both. Applicants who are not known by Members will be offered membership as Friends of AMM (without voting rights) for 12 months when upon agreement of both parties membership can be transferred to Full Membership.

For further information please contact us

Function room and gift shop

Gift shop

The gift shop at Australian Motorlife Museum is full of unusual gifts for your male and female friends and relatives. Why not take a look at our gift shop, you do not need to enter the Museum to do so, and have a coffee and make a purchase which will delight the lucky recipient.

Function room

Our function Room, The Brabham Room, opens onto a verandah and grassed area which is included in the hire and is a great place to continue the party outdoors or for kids to play in full view. The layout of the Brabham Room is able to be arranged to suit the needs of any occasion. The Brabham Room is available for hire for both day and evening functions 7 days a week. We have tables and seating for 80 people with Crockery and cutlery available for an additional cost. An equipped industrial kitchen is available for an extra cost. The Brabham Room is suitable for weddings, conferences, club meetings, regular bookings, training in services, birthdays, or just an event to get together with family and friends. The Brabham Room is ready for you to make it your own. Please see contacts page of this site to make enquiries.


  • Integral Energy Recreation Park, 94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange 2526 N.S.W
  • (02) 42614100
  • Sunday 9:30am–4:30pm Monday Closed Tuesday 9:30am–4:30pm Wednesday 9:30am–4:30pm Thursday 9:30am–4:30pm Friday 9:30am–4:30pm Saturday 9:30am–4:30pm