Explore the history soaked town of Young on foot.
The streets of Young are dotted with remnants and relics of a fascinating history. To get a better understanding of their significance and of the town itself, lace up your walking shoes and head along the Heritage Walk, a 4km trail that navigates the most important sites and buildings in Young. This walk begins at the Young Visitor Information Centre, where you can pick up a map and brochure, and requires around an hour to complete.
The first of thirty stops on the Heritage Walk is the Young Railway Station. The station began operating 25 years after the Gold Rush began in 1860, and is a fine example of the High Victorian era, with an Italianate-Gothic design, high roofs and ornate cast-iron verandas. Nearby, you’ll see the Big Red Cherries, an ode to the districts reputation as the leading cherry producer in Australia, and further evidence of Australia’s love of big things.
Next, the trail passes by the Empire Hotel, the only hotel in town retaining its original character from the 1880s, and then moves on to Main Street. A stroll down this important street will reveal such sites as the Commercial Hotel, a tablet commemorating the Centenary of Electric Power Supply, the Federation building, the Southern Cross Hall, numerous shops dating back to the early 1900s, Temperance Hall and the Patterson Brothers Funerals, Young’s oldest undertaking business.
The walk continues on to St Mary’s Church and Parish Office, which dates back to 1874, and the Presentation Convent, built in 1891. Across Rippon Street and through Carrington Park is the old Gaol Gate, which was built in 1876 and closed in 1923. A little further inside the park is the Memorial to John and James White, a monument commemorating the first European settlers in the district, and the 1912 Rotunda, which features a memorial plaque to the town’s first bandmaster, Professor WF Roberts.
The impressive Great Court House, opened in 1886, is a site to be seen, as is the sign noting the only public declaration of ‘The Riot Act’ in NSW history. The Heritage Walk continues to include Young Public School, Lupton’s Lookout, Halliday’s Bridge, the Gold Centenary Monument, Young Hotel, and the Methodist Church.
The trail then weaves back towards the Young Railway Station via Cloete Street and Lynch Street, and takes in sites including the Courthouse and Post Office, the Town Hall clock, the Library, and numerous grand bank buildings. Finally, the trail returns to the Visitor Centre via Anderson Park, which features huge London Plane trees planted in 1885.
The Young Visitor Information Centre is located in the historic old Railway Station, Young, NSW. Call (02) 6382 3394 for more information.