Yass Area

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.

Sun sets over the Yass River and the old railway bridge

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.

Shaw Vineyard Estate, Yass Area

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.

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Yass Community Markets

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Saturday 02 February 2019 , Yass

    Support the local producers and come to the Yass Community Markets. Local wine, jams, sauces and craft items. Oil, baked goods and great coffee or juices. Vegetables and plants too. Home made food, arts and crafts. Its a great place to c…

    18 Aug - 02 Feb
  2. Burnelee Excursion on Horseback

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Saturday 15 December 2018 , Murrumbateman

    Saddle up for an adventure in the Australian countryside with Burnelee Excursions on Horseback. Just thirty minutes from Canberra between Murrumbateman and Gundaroo. At Burnelee, a fully operational grazing property of 3,500 acres, you can …

    18 Aug - 15 Dec
  3. Hillgrove Pottery Open Day

    Saturday 18 August 2018 to Sunday 19 August 2018 , Murrumbateman

    It’s time to clear the shelves at Hillgrove Pottery's Annual Open Day! Situated in Murrumbateman NSW, Hillgrove Pottery make their own stoneware and porcelain. Their tableware and decorative ceramic products are entirely handmade in their …

    18 Aug - 19 Aug