Yass Area

Highlights

Enjoy wine tasting at iconic wineries and discover National Trust treasures in the beautiful Yass Valley, in southwest NSW. Within easy reach of Canberra and Sydney, the valley is also home to marvellous festivals, magnificent limestone caves, prehistoric fossils and outdoor adventures.

  • Canberra Winery Tours, Yass
  • Burnelee Excursions on Horseback, Poacher's Way

About the Yass Valley

In the beautiful Yass Valley in southwest NSW are acclaimed wineries, colonial streetscapes, fun festivals and outdoor adventures. You’ll discover amazing natural wonders on tours, such as splendid limestone formations inside Careys Cave and fossils from the Devonian period 400 million years ago.

Getting to the historic riverside town of Yass is easy. The drive north from Canberra is 50 minutes and southwest from Sydney three hours. Or take a scenic train trip from Sydney and alight at Yass Junction for a short taxi ride to town, where you can rent a car and explore this marvellous region.

Shaw Vineyard Estate, Yass

With many wonderful things to do and see, stop by the Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre in Yass and pick up maps, brochures and friendly tips. Begin your discovery on the Yass historical walk and drive and visit great colonial explorer Hamilton Hume’s Cooma Cottage, a National Trust treasure.

There is more beautifully preserved heritage and museums. The National Trust-classified main street of Gundaroo is an outdoor heritage museum. This charming destination is about 40 minutes’ drive southeast of Yass. A short drive northwest of Yass is Binalong, home of the Binalong Motor Museum.

Murrumbateman Moving Feast, Yass

You’ll be delighted with the food and wine experiences too, from wine tasting at cellar doors in the Canberra District wine region to browsing gourmet food shops and farmers markets. The enticing events calendar includes a vibrant arts and cultural program and delectable food and wine festivals.

Murrumbateman is the wine capital of the Canberra District and home to award-winning wineries Clonakilla and Helm. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Yass, Murrumbateman hosts the Canberra District Wine Harvest Festival in April and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast on the October long weekend.

Helm Wines, Murrumbateman

You’ll find plenty of places to stay in the Yass Valley. For adventurers, there are campgrounds and caving and bushwalking are popular activities. Burrinjuck Dam is a perfect for water sports. In Wee Jasper, join Cooradigbee Fossil Tours and explore one of the world’s significant Devonian fossil areas.

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Local areas

  • Gundaroo Explore a National Trusted-listed colonial streetscape, visit wineries and galleries, and enjoy delicious food in a heritage pub.
  • Murrumbateman The wine capital of the Canberra District wine region is home to iconic and award-winner wineries Clonakilla and Helm.
  • Yass Discover great colonial explorer Hamilton Hume’s National Trust treasure and other heritage and enjoy delicious food and wine experiences.