Boorowa is a gorgeous country town, rich in Irish heritage and pastoral history. It’s a great base to explore the cellar doors of the surrounding Hilltops wine region. This district also produces exceptional merino wool, which is celebrated at the annual Irish Woolfest.
Step back in time
A great way to experience Boorowa is to follow the Shamrock Trails. These three heritage walks explore colonial and 20th century historical buildings around the town, including the stained glass spectacle of St Patrick's Catholic Church and riverside heritage.
As you meander past historic buildings, browse gift and antique shops, as well as craft stores and galleries such as Glenara Gallery. The Boorowa Historical Museum is in a lovingly restored rammed-earth building and open on Saturdays or by appointment.
Taste delicious produce
Part of the Hilltops wine region, Boorowa is a great base to explore nearby the orchards of the Young area, cherry capital of Australia. Pick your own juicy stone fruit at one of the many picturesque orchards between October and January.
Meet winemakers, explore wineries and relax on a winery tour in the surrounding Hilltops wine region. You can also enjoy a cold beer at a country pub or call into the Pantry on Pudman for specialty coffee and home-baked treats.
Held on the October long weekend each year, the Irish Woolfest celebrates the region’s history and its world-class wool. It includes the Running of the Sheep through the main street, as well as a street parade, Irish singers and dancers, pipe bands, produce markets and plenty of fun things to do for the kids.
Getting there and where to stay
Booroowa is a 3hr 30min drive from Sydney, around 90min from Canberra and just over half an hour from Young. Accommodation options range from riverside camping and caravanning to a farmstay, motel and country pubs.