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5 reasons to visit Young


The cherry capital of Australia has plenty more going for it than just delicious stone fruit.

1. National Cherry Festival

National Cherry Festival

The National Cherry Festival is a three day celebration of the region’s trademark fruit is held every December and includes quirky and colourful festivities like a street parade, a Christmas Street Market, cherry pie eating championships, cherry pip spitting competition, live music, drum and pipes bands, farmers markets, fringe events, and more.

2. Iandra Castle

Iandra Castle

Visiting the State Heritage Listed Iandra Castle is like stepping back in time. Built in 1908, the homestead is an impressive example of the Federation Romanesque style, and when coupled with the surrounding agricultural property becomes a rare Australian example of the manorial system.

3. Dark history of racism and riots

Dark history of racism

In 1860 gold was discovered at Young, then called Lambing Flat. The masses rushed in to try and strike it rich, including a great number of Chinese people who worked harder and found more gold than Europeans.

This led to hatred and unrest, and ultimately violent race riots. Learn about this dark history at the Lambing Flat Folk Museum and the Chinese Tribute Gardens.

4. Cherry Blossom Long Lunch

Cherry Blossom Long Lunch

A foodie extravaganza showcasing the region’s local food and wine, the Cherry Blossom Long Lunch is a springtime feast located amongst the blossoming cherry trees of a local orchard. Restricted to 160 people, this exclusive event is not to be missed.

5. Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory

Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory

Those with a sweet tooth will rejoice at Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory, where a devilish range of homemade fudge is available to taste and buy.

Also made on site are Poppa’s famous jams, sauces and condiments, made with produce from his orchard just out of town. There’s also a huge range of lollies and other sweets, and even a selection of homewares.

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