Historic towns, outdoor adventure and a thriving wine region all await in the pretty Yass Valley in southwest NSW. Admire colonial streetscapes and tour spectacular natural wonders, including ancient limestone caves and national parks.
Arts and heritage trails
Begin your discovery on the Yass Town Walk and be sure to visit colonial explorer Hamilton Hume’s former residence, Cooma Cottage, now a National Trust museum. Stop by the Yass Valley Information Centre in Yass to pick up a map. The events calendar captures a vibrant arts and cultural scene.
You’ll find a wealth of history throughout the region. The National Trust-classified main street of Gundaroo is an outdoor heritage museum, about 40min drive southeast of Yass. A short drive northwest of Yass is Binalong, home of the Binalong Motor Museum.
Cool climate wines
The heart of the Canberra District wine region, the Yass Valley has great food and wine experiences. Enjoy wine tasting at the cellar doors of iconic wineries, and browse gourmet food shops and farmers markets.
Murrumbateman is the wine capital of the Canberra District and home to famed wineries Clonakilla and Helm Wines. Only 20min drive from Yass, Murrumbateman hosts a number of foodie events, including the Village Market twice a month and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast in October.
Adventurers will find activities galore in the Yass Valley. In Wee Jasper, visit Careys Cave and explore spectacular limestone rock formations formed 400 million years ago. In nearby Brindabella National Park you’ll also find 4WD trails, walking tracks, and fishing.
Join Cooradigbee Fossil Tours and explore one of the world’s Devonian fossil areas. Burrinjuck Dam is ideal for water sports, and you’ll find a swimming area and indoor amusement centre at nearby Hume Park. This area also has great bushwalking and picnic spots.
Getting there and where to stay
The Yass area is a three-hour drive from Sydney and less than one-hour from Canberra. You can take a scenic train trip from Sydney to Yass Junction, which takes around 3hr 40min, and rent a car to explore the region. Places to stay include holiday parks, country pubs, motels and winery cottages.