On the banks of the Yass River, surrounded by the beautiful Yass Valley, sits the rural treasure-trove that is Yass. The story of this town is rooted in colonial history, with legendary Australian explorer Hamilton Hume discovering and then settling here back in the 1820s. As such, exploration is the town’s calling card, and there is so much to be discovered in this striking natural wonderland.
Today, Yass has become synonymous with adventure and enjoying the great outdoors. Visitors are encouraged to shake off the shackles of the big smoke and try their hand at mountain trail horse-riding, paragliding, water-skiing, caving or bushwalking. The town’s prehistoric connections are also a sight to behold, with the area rich in fascinating fossils, some of which are among the oldest in the world.
As part of the Canberra District wine region, one of Australia’s most rapidly emerging pockets of wine country, Yass has rightfully earned a reputation as a gourmand township to be reckoned with. With its mass of local growers specialising in a wide variety of cool-climate produce, Yass has birthed a booming café culture to rival the big cities, and a foodie scene that offers something for everyone. Whether you’re after sophisticated fine dining with award-winning cuisine, a stylish wine bar showcasing talented musicians, a country pub bistro serving hearty fare, or a quirky little eatery packing epicurean bites, Yass abounds with gourmet and artisanal culinary creations.
There is also no shortage of quality accommodation choices, with options ranging from camping sites and motels to bed-and-breakfasts, farmstays and historic homesteads. The streets are bursting with an eclectic mix of galleries, museums, antique shops and local produce stores, not to mention historical architecture and heritage sites. Located less than an hour’s drive from Canberra and in close proximity to Sydney, Yass is a genuine country town just waiting to be explored.