Explore the heritage of great Australian explorer Hamilton Hume, discover beautiful streetscapes and intriguing museums, and enjoy elegant Canberra District wines and delicious fresh produce in riverside Yass, north of Canberra. You can also enjoy fishing, boating, caving and fossil exploring.
With beautiful streetscapes, fascinating heritage and wonderful wineries, Yass is a charming rural escape in southwest NSW. The picturesque town on the banks of the pretty Yass River is a lovely base for adventure too, from water sports at Burrinjuck Dam to exploring deep inside Careys Cave.
Begin your discovery on the Yass historical walk and drive, admiring colonial grandeur such as Yass Courthouse. Pick up brochures for the self-guided tour and other intriguing things to do from the Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre in Coronation Park, a popular spot for a picnic or barbecue.
The great colonial explorer Hamilton Hume lived in Yass from 1840 until his death in 1873. You can visit his home Cooma Cottage, a National Trust museum, and his grave at Yass General Cemetery. The Yass and District Museum offers more insights into Hume and fellow explorer William Hovell.
Along the tree-lined streets are antique stores, gift shops and galleries, and enjoy cafes, wine bars and restaurants. Other food and wine experiences include tastings at Canberra District cellar doors such as Dog Trap Vineyard and fresh produce at the Yass Farmers Market, bimonthly on a Saturday.
Check out wine-tasting tours such as Canberra Winery Tours and an enjoyable events calendar is full of surprise, fun and tradition, with the Yass Show in March a rural delight. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in and around Yass, which is less than an hour from Canberra and three hours from Sydney.
A scenic drive south of Yass is the enchanting village of Wee Jasper, where you can join Cooradigbee Fossil Tours and discover fossils from the Devonian period 400 million years ago. At the Wee Jasper Reserves, enjoy camping, fishing and bushwalking. Careys Cave is a short drive from Wee Jasper.