Discover fascinating heritage, beautiful streetscapes and top wineries in the picturesque town of Yass. On the banks of the peaceful Yass River, this rural centre in southwest NSW makes a great base for adventure. Enjoy water sports at Burrinjuck Dam and explore Careys Cave.

On the Yass Town Walk, learn about the town’s rich heritage and admire colonial grandeur such as Yass Courthouse. Pick up brochures for the self-guided tour and tips on things to do from the Yass Valley Information Centre in beautiful Coronation Park, a popular spot for a picnic or BBQ.

Sun setting over the Yass River in Yass, near Canberra

The colonial explorer Hamilton Hume lived in Yass from 1840 until his death in 1873. You can visit his home Cooma Cottage, now a National Trust museum, as well as his grave. Learn more about Hume and fellow explorer William Hovell at the Yass and District Museum.

Walk the town’s leafy streets and find antique stores, gift shops and galleries. Enjoy cafes, wine bars and restaurants. Other food and wine experiences include wine tasting at Canberra District cellar doors such as Dog Trap Vineyard and sampling local produce at the Yass Community Markets.

Rolling vineyards at the Shaw Vineyard Estate, near Yass

Join a wine tour with Canberra Winery Tours, and check out an events calendar full of fun and tradition. The Yass Show in March is a rural treat. 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 village of Wee Jasper. 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