Enjoy heritage walks and a famous wool festival, browse antique shops and galleries, and discover the Hilltops wine region in riverside Boorowa, a charming town in the Young region of southwest NSW. The annual Woolfest is a fun festival for the whole family on the October long weekend.
A pretty rural town, Boorowa is in the beautiful Hilltops wine region and will charm you with historical buildings, heritage walks and a famous wool festival. The annual Irish Woolfest is on the October long weekend and includes the Running of the Sheep spectacle through the main street.
The festival celebrates Boorowa's rich Irish heritage and bountiful pastoral history, with the green pastures in the district producing fine merino wool and prime quality lamb. There is a street parade, Irish singers and dancers, pipe bands, produce markets, and plenty of fun things to do for the kids.
Boorowa is great base for exploring the wineries, cellar doors and orchards in the enchanting Young region, the cherry-picking capital of Australia. Places to stay suit various budgets, from riverside camping and caravanning to a farmstay, a motel and classic country pubs serving hearty meals.
Getting to Boorowa is easy. The drive is 40 minutes southeast from Young, 80 minutes north from Canberra, and 3h 30min southwest from Sydney. A delightful way to experience Boorowa is on the Shamrock Trails - three heritage walks that explore the colonial and 20th century historical buildings.
You can marvel at the splendid stained-glass windows at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church and walk along the banks of the Boorowa River, a tributary of the Lachlan River. In a lovingly restored rammed-earth building is the Boorowa Historical Museum, which is open on Saturdays or by appointment.
As you amble past heritage buildings browse gift and antique shops, and craft stores and galleries, such as Carmen’s Collectables and Glenara Gallery. Enjoy country hospitality at an inviting pub or savour delicious coffee and scrumptious gourmet delights from the region at the Pantry on Pudman.