Yass Valley arts and culture

Thriving with a vibrant arts scene, the Yass Valley is home to many superb galleries and National Trust treasures. Gallery hop through historic towns that dot this Canberra District cool climate wine region, and find some souvenirs in antique stores along the way.

Creating wonder at Sculpture in the Paddock, Yass Valley

Heritage and arts trails

A great way to explore is on a heritage and arts trail. Pick up a map from the Yass Valley Information Centre and discover beautifully preserved 19th century streetscapes and grand colonial architecture, such as the Yass Courthouse. Relax in leafy Banjo Paterson Park, named after the Australian poet and lyricist who lived in the town.

Colonial explorer Hamilton Hume lived in Yass, and you can also visit his former home, Cooma Cottage. Explore the Gundaroo Heritage River Walk on a self-guided tour past the historic stone buildings of Gundaroo, from the Colonial Inn to the Old Boree Station Homestead. 

Steam locomotive 1307 at the Yass Railway Museum, Yass

Galleries and museums

Visit the themed rooms and gardens of The Crisp Galleries near Yass, where you’ll find colourful exhibitions of local artists and the distinct glassworks of Peter Crisp. Other museums include the Yass and District Museum and the Yass Railway Museum.

For vintage cars, take a short drive northwest to Binalong Motor Museum in Binalong. While you’re visiting this charming village, stop at the Black Swan Gallery for exhibitions in a colonial-built rammed-earth building. The gallery’s cafe serves gourmet snacks, local wines and tea.

Events and markets

Enjoy a busy events calendar including the biennial Sculpture@Shaw art installation in September and the Gundaroo Music Festival in October. Visit the Yass Community Markets each month for local arts and produce.

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