Yass Valley NSW

Yass was first surveyed in 1834 and has a rich history. Famous past residents include Banjo Patterson and Hamilton Hume. Some of the towns historical attractions include the Yass & District Historical Museum, Yass Railway Heritage Centre and the National trust property Cooma Cottage (once the home of Hamilton Hume).

Attractions in the Yass Valley are numerous and include Burrinjuck dam. Burrinjuck was finished in 1928 and the wall is 93 metres at its highest point. The Murrumbidgee and Goodradigbee rivers flow into this dam. It is a haven for fishermen and water sport enthusiasts attracting people from far flung parts of Australia for many months each year, including some who choose to stay here and avail themselves of the many work opportunities in Canberra.

The back waters of Burrinjuck reach up to the village of Wee Jasper with its amazing scenery, diverse range of fossils, caves, fishing and bushwalking.

Elsewhere in the Yass Valley we have numerous vineyards that are developing a great name for themselves by making some of the best cool climate wines in Australia. We also have a group of talented restaurateurs who are also making a name for themselves to complement this locally produced wine.

We are fortunate to have very talented local artists who specialise in diverse media from glass to ceramics and painting. There are annual events such as The Picnic Races and The Yass Show and Rodeo as well as fortnightly farmers' markets. Pony clubs, poultry and bird clubs and a very strong dog showing culture is also an attraction for people of various pursuits.

We have a terrific range of schools and retail stores locally, and are fortunate to be a 45 minute drive from Canberra with its international class sports stadium, arts centre, universities and other attractions. Being able to live in a country town with its sense of community and space and also having access to a city like Canberra is another reason why the Yass Valley is such a popular place to live.

Links

Yass Valley Visitor Information Centre

Yass and Surrounds

Yass Valley Council