The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum

Home of the Paul Butler Collection

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









Opening Hours

  • Monday - by appointment
  •  Tuesday - by appointment
  • Wednesday: 9.30 - 4.30
  • Thursday: 9.30 - 4.30
    Friday: 9.30 - 4.30
    Saturday: 9.30 - 4.30
    Sunday: 9.30 - 4.30

LAST ENTRY TIME: - 3.30pm (to give time to look around)


Adult: $17.50 pp
Child: 6-16 yrs: $6.00 pp

Child Under 6 yrs: free
Concession & Seniors Card: $15.00 pp
*Groups: $15.00 pp (by Appointment so we have adequate volunteers to look after you)

Morning and Afternoon tea: $7.00 (Served in the Brabham Room)
BBQ or Light Lunch also available
*All meals are Prearranged by Calling (02) 42 614 100 Mondays & Thursdays
*Prices are subject to change without notice

Motoring Library

Anyone who would like to access the library acquisitions can do so by appointment with the Librarian by calling the Museum on 42614100

The museum has an extensive library consisting of:
Magazines: over 12,000 magazines including Autosport, Motorsport, RCN, SCW, Wheels, Modern Motor, Motor Manual, The Autocar, T&CC, C&SC, Road & Track and many motor bike issues.
Follow the magazine link to access the catalogue on

General motoring books - over 2500 books covering all aspects of motoring and motor sport
Follow the Books link to access the catalogue on TinyCat. 

Over 5000 items consisting of reference and technical books, parts catalogues, workshop manuals, ephemera, maps, etc
The catalogue is accessible in the museum library.

All items are accessible for reference/research at the museum with prior arrangement. The museum entry fee includes supervised access to the library contents.

Any and all donations to the library will be gratefully received.

The library is usually staffed on Mondays and Thursdays between 9am and 3pm and can be contacted on 


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  •  31-10-2021 08:35 AM

The Australian MOTOR MUSEUM will not be holding its Annual Motoring EXPO for 2021

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  •  16-05-2021 09:30 AM - 16-05-2021 04:00 PM
  •   Australian Motorlife Museum - Integral Energy Recreation Park, 94 Darkes Rd, Kembla Grange 2526

NATIONAL MOTORING HERITAGE DAY – Sunday May 16th 2021 Sunday 16th May 2021 is the 15th National Historic Motoring Heritage Day. This is a special day for all old car and 'bike fans, celebrated annually on the 3rd Sunday of May it is an initiative of the AUSTRALIAN HISTORIC MOTORING FEDERATION supported by heritage and historic motoring clubs throughout Australia. The day gives owners of all types of vintage, veteran and classic vehicles an opportunity to get out for a drive and meet other like-minded enthusiasts. Some go for long drives, some prefer a short local trip, some attend club gatherings in large numbers, others choose to go their own way. There are many suitable advertised destinations and this year the Australian Motorlife Museum at Kembla Grange NSW welcomes drivers and riders of all types of historic vehicles to our wonderful facility. We will have ample parking for all in and around the park surrounding the Museum, a sausage sizzle and refreshments available, and offer a special discounted admission to the Museum on the day: $12 adults, $6 kids aged 6 to 16. The Museum is situated just off the M1 south of Wollongong an hour and a half drive from Sydney and open from 9.30am. For directions and contact details and more on the story of the Museum and its contents see links on this page. See you there !

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About the 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 honor 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 a beautiful parkland.

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.
The Committee of The Australian MOTORLIFE Museum 


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

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

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  • Integral Energy Recreation Park, 94 Darkes Road, Kembla Grange 2526 N.S.W