Surrounded by rolling hills and known for its sun-soaked days and jam-packed events calendar, the town of Young is fast becoming a must-visit regional destination.
Did we mention Young is also a premium producer of award-winning cool-climate wines? And the cherry capital of Australia? This is a town well worth getting to know.
1. Held on the first and third Saturday of the month, the Young and Region Farmers Market is the perfect way to begin your weekend in Young – and familiarise yourself with the fresh farm produce and gourmet treats!
2. Tranquil and pretty, your next stop should be the Chinese Tribute Gardens, which serve as a memorial for the town’s turbulent Chinese history, and as recognition of the contribution of the Chinese community to the settlement of Young.
3. Jump in the car and head 25 minutes north of Young to the state heritage-listed Iandra Castle. This historic property is an impressive example of Federation Romanesque architecture (and makes for a great picnic stop!).
4. As a former gold-mining settlement, Young still has plenty of spots for visitors to fossick and try their luck at striking it rich. It’s a good activity to keep the kids busy for the afternoon.
5. Kick off Happy Hour with a visit to the Hilltops Region Wine Cellar. Wine tastings are offered, and with a selection of wines, jams and cherry produce available, we guarantee you won’t leave empty handed.
6. Spend the night on a working farm at Springfield Guest Cottages. This historic property has been modernised to comfortably accommodate guests in need of a little luxury.
7. There’s only one place for brekky in Young, and that’s Kettle and Grain Café. Housed in a beautiful old school building, the café is a favourite among the locals, and after tasting the coffee, we can understand why!
8. And with homemade treats that look (and taste) this good, why not stick around for morning tea?
9. With such a rich and varied history, it’s worth heading to the Lambing Flat Folk Museum to get a better understanding of Young’s turbulent past. The museum is home to a veritable treasure trove of relics from nearly 200 years of European settlement.
10. Follow that up with a heritage walk around Young, where you can explore up to thirty important and historical stops dotted throughout town. Highlights include the Young Railway Station and St Mary’s Church and Parish Office.
11. Make sure you stop in for lunch at the renowned Wilders Bakery. Known for having the best cherry pie in town (trust us, we tried it!), there’s also an assortment of baked goods and light meals to satisfy anyone with an appetite.
12. Find out where these much lauded cherries come from, with a trip to the family-run Willayoung Orchard. Visit during fruit season and you’ll be treated to an abundance of apricots, peaches, nectarines, plums, figs and, of course, cherries.
13. No trip to Young is complete without stopping in for a treat at Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory. This is truly a paradise for anyone with a sweet tooth, with lollies, jams, chutneys and freshly made fudge lining the shelves.
14. Finish off your weekend in Young with a stay at another working farm – this time Colenso Country Retreat. Located on a sprawling property on Young’s outskirts, this is stylish and modern accommodation in the heart of rich farmland.
15. With a busy events calendar that features the Cherry Blossom Long Lunch (a foodie extravaganza showcasing the region’s local food and wine), the National Cherry Festival and the Lambing Flat Chinese Festival, no matter when you visit Young, you’re sure to experience something new.