For gorgeous country charm and epicurean delights on the southwest slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Young and Hilltops region is a wonderful destination famous for its cherry orchards and elegant cool-climate wines.
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The nation’s first commercial cherry orchard was planted in Young in 1878 and it’s been the cherry capital of Australia ever since. In Spring the sea of pink and white cherry blossoms is simply stunning. The main cherry-picking season runs from late October to late January.
The area’s rich red soil is home to more than 20 stone fruit orchards and the Hilltops wine region. You’ll enjoy memorable food and wine experiences, from tasting cool climate reds at cellar doors to picking cherries at orchards, touring wineries and long lunches under the trees.
Gold rush heritage
The Young region has a fascinating history of colonial gold rushes and notorious bushrangers. Four your journey back in time, start at the Young Information Centre. Housed in a colonial railway station, you’ll find maps to heritage trails and walks, and information on local gourmet food shops and antique stores.
Young and the Hilltops region is around four hours’ drive from Sydney and two hours from Canberra. It’s also a great stop on a Sydney to Melbourne road trip. The nearest airports are in Canberra, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst, all around two hours away. Accommodation includes pubs, motels, holiday cottages and farm stays.