Young's central location really lends itself as an ideal base for touring holidays of the South West Slopes and Central West area of NSW.
Situated on the Olympic Highway. its close proximity to Canberra (160 km, 2 hour drive) also means that it is easy for visitors to see the Nation's Capital and enjoy the various festivals and activities on offer such as Floriade.
YOUNG EVENTS & FESTIVALS:
CHERRY BLOSSOMS - annual - September-October
YOUNG NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL - annual - November -December
YOUNG LAMBING FLAT CHINESE FESTIVAL - annual - March, April
HILLTOPS FOOD & WINE WEEKEND - annual - September
HARDEN KITE FESTIVAL - annual - October
The Young area was first known as ‘Lambing Flat’
for 34 years until 1860, when gold was discovered - one of the biggest gold diggings in Australia.
Within 12 months there were more than 20,000 miners working the diggings.
Young Visitor Information Centre
Young Railway Station, Lovell St, Young NSW 2594
ph 02 6382 3394
mon-fri 9am-5pm ; sat-sun 9:30am-4pm
YOUNG Attractions, Activities:
Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens - and Chinaman's Dam - Pitstone Rd.
A perfect place to relax and enjoy the peace and tranquility. The gardens are “in recognition of the contribution of the Chinese community to Young in the 1860’s and to the outgoing contributions of the Chinese people to Australia as a Nation”.
The gardens look wonderful all year round and picnic facilities, BBQs and toilets are all available on site.
Chinaman's Dam & Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens
The Hilltops Wine and Food Region is situated in the Murray-Darling basin around the towns of Young, Wombat, Boorowa and Harden.
Cherry and stonefruit Orchards, grapevines and olive groves populate the area. Young is widely known as the ‘The Cherry Capital of Australia’.
As well as the cherries that Young is famous for Hilltops is fast gaining recognition as a consistent producer of cool climate ultra-premium wines.
Highlights of the year include Cherry Blossoms September-October, and the National Cherry Festival in late November, early December.
‘Pick your Own' cherries are available from mid-November until Christmas.
Easily reached and within a 30 minutes to 1 hour drive from Young are the villages and towns of -
In 1889, apart from the capital cities in Australia, Young was the first town to install electricity in its streets and homes.
Pioneers, Gold Rush, Bushrangers are all a part of the history of Young. John Gilbert, the Bushranger is buried near Binalong.
Young has many unique attractions and accommodation and dining facilities to suit all budgets and tastes.
The historic Court House at Young has the splendid facade of the original building.
It is a reminder of the troubled past of the town
when riots significantly contributed to the legislation which led to the Federal Immigration Restriction Act of 1901
Lambing Flat Folk Museum - Campbell St
Burrangong Art Gallery - Visitor Information Centre
Young area Wineries & Orchards
Landra Castle - a heritage listed homestead.
Located near Greenethorpe - By appointment.
Blackguard Gully for gold fossicking.
The Gold Trail.....Young is centrally located in the historic villages when following the Gold Trail of Australia's goldrush period. Goulburn - Upper Lachlan - Yass - Adelong - Harden - Boorowa - YOUNG - Grenfell - Forbes - Ophir - Lucknow - Bathurst
COWRA, located on the banks of the Lachlan River with a multi award winning attraction - the beautiful 5 hectare traditional Japanese Gardens and Wyangala Waters State Park.
WOMBAT - a small historic village established in 1865, 15 km along the Olympic Highway from Young - is in the heart of the Hilltops' stone-fruit industry. At cherry and fruit harvest time many orchards in the area offer you the opportunity to 'Pick Your Own fruit'.
TEMORA, via Milvale Road is a 55 minute drive.
Home of the Temora Aviation Museum which collects and maintains in airworthy condition, historical military aircraft . The Museum is open 7 days 10am to 4pm except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday. The aircraft collection is flown regularly - Aircraft Showcase Programs which are held on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of most months. aviationmuseum.com.au
Also in Temora is the Bundawarrah Centre housing the Visitor Information Centre, the Rural Museum featuring a number of impressive exhibitions, the Ambulance Museum, Family history research centre and other visiting temoraruralmuseum.com
Travelling 40 minutes along the Olympic Highway (A41) you will come to COOTAMUNDRA. Cootamundra was the birthplace of Sir Donald Bradman and the former home of Bill Murdoch. Because of this close connection Cootamundra has a keen interest in Australian Test Cricket and with the endorsement of the Australian Cricket Board, they developed 'The Cricket Captains' walk featuring bronze sculptures of Australian Test Cricket Captains. Included in this walk is Johnny Mullagh (Unaarrimim) - who led the famous 1868 Aboriginal cricket tour of England.
40 Minutes from Young is BOOROOWA, a farming village in the Hilltops Region. From Boorowa you can continue on another 51 km to Yass.
If you are following a Bushranger trail BINALONG is about 50 minutes from Young and here you will find the grave of 'flash' Johnny Gilbert (a member of the Gardiner - Hall Bushranger Gangs) who was buried in the Police Paddock near Binalong Township in 1865.