The cherry capital of Australia, Young is a perfect escape in the beautiful Hilltops wine region in southwest NSW. There are acclaimed wineries, luscious orchards and golden wheat fields. You can explore the colonial gold rush, enjoy fun festivals, and taste elegant wines and delicious produce.

Begin your discovery of Young at the visitor information centre, in the former Young Railway Station built in the 1880s. You can taste a selection of fine Hilltops wines at the centre and pick up brochures and advice on the many wonderful things to do and see in charming Young and the splendid region.

Town Hall on Boorowa Street, Young

Take a self-guided heritage walking tour of the town and browse enticing gift and antique stores and gourmet food shops. You can visit wineries directly or join Hilltops Wine Tours for wine tasting at cellar doors and a journey through nearby pretty towns and villages, such as Boorowa and Harden.

The main cherry-picking season is from late October to late January. A fun way to celebrate the juicy stone fruits is the National Cherry Festival, a popular family event in December that draws thousands of visitors. Check out the events calendar for more fun festivals, markets and shows.

The Pool of Tranquility in Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden, Young

Gold fever struck the area, then known as Lambing Flat, in 1860. About 20,000 miners flocked to the goldfields within a year and European miners rioted against Chinese miners, with the worst riots in June 1861. Discover more about this volatile history at the fascinating Lambing Flat Folk Museum.

The lovely, tranquil Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens recognise the Chinese contribution to the settlement of Young, which is less than two hours’ drive from Canberra and four hours from Sydney. Accommodation options in Young suit various budgets, from tourist parks to motels and retreats.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Denman Farmers Market

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 07 April 2018 , Denman

    The Denman Farmers Market is a genuine producers market in the heart of the Hunter Valley, held on the first Saturday of the month. Located a short drive from Muswellbrook, Denman offers the best in local produce including wine, cheese, …

    03 Mar - 07 Apr
  2. Scone Horse Trials

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Scone

    Since 1979 the Scone Horse Trials Inc. committee have hosted the Olympic Equestrian sport of Eventing at Broomfield near Scone. Two events are staged each year, in spring and autumn. In 2016, 2017 and 2018 the NSW State Eventing Champions…

    11 Mar
  3. Upper Hunter Regional Show

    Event dates to be confirmed: March 2018 , Muswellbrook

    The Upper Hunter Regional Show is held annually two weeks prior to Easter. It encourages inclusion from all schools in the area, as well as being a social hub for community interaction and volunteering. The show encourages social interac…

    17 Mar - 18 Mar
  4. Warbirds Over Scone

    Sunday 25 March 2018 , Scone

    Upper Hunter Shire Council in conjunction with Vintage Fighter Restorations, Scone Aero Club, Pay's Air Service and Paul Bennet Air Shows presents the return of Warbirds Over Scone. Come along and see iconic warbird flights and formations,…

    25 Mar
  5. Scone Horse Festival

    Friday 04 May 2018 to Sunday 13 May 2018 , Scone

    Scone is the Horse Capital of Australia and the Scone Horse Festival celebrates the place where horses reign and where each year many people from within the region and from far afield come to share the community's pride in the area and thei…

    04 May - 13 May