Yass Valley

Historic towns, outdoor adventure and a thriving wine region all await in the pretty Yass Valley in southwest NSW. Admire colonial streetscapes and discover natural wonders on tours, including splendid limestone formations inside Careys Cave and fossils from 400 million years ago.

The picturesque riverside town of Yass is 50 minutes’ drive north from Canberra and three hours southwest from Sydney. Alternatively, you can take a scenic train trip from Sydney and get off at Yass Junction for a short taxi ride into town, where you can rent a car and explore the region.

Sun setting over the Yass River in Yass, near Canberra

With so many things to do, stop by the Yass Valley Information Centre in Yass and pick up maps, brochures and tips. 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.

There is more history and museums throughout the region. About 40 minutes’ drive southeast of Yass, the National Trust-classified main street of Gundaroo is an outdoor heritage museum. A short drive northwest of Yass is Binalong, home of the Binalong Motor Museum.

Rolling vineyards at the Shaw Vineyard Estate, near Yass

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. The events calendar captures a vibrant arts and cultural scene.

Murrumbateman is the wine capital of the Canberra District, and home to wineries Clonakilla and Helm Wines. Only 20 minutes’ drive from Yass, Murrumbateman hosts a number of events, including the Village Market twice a month and the Murrumbateman Moving Feast in October.

There are lots of places to stay in the Yass Valley. For adventurers, there are campgrounds, while caving and bushwalking are popular activities. Burrinjuck Dam is ideal for water sports. In Wee Jasper, join Cooradigbee Fossil Tours and explore one of the world’s Devonian fossil areas.