Cooma Cottage, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 5330

Yass is set in rolling countryside on the Yass River. Explorers Hume and Hovell passed through on their expedition to Port Phillip Bay. Hume returned in 1839. Yass is also the end of the Hume and Hovell Walking Track, which begins in Albury.

Visitor Information

Coronation Park, 259 Comur St; (02) 6226 2557 or 1300 886 014


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In Town

Cooma Cottage The National Trust has restored and now maintains this former home of explorer Hamilton Hume. He lived with his wife in the riverside house from 1839 until his death in 1873. It now operates as a museum with relics and documents telling of Hume's life and explorations. Open Thurs–Sun, closed winter; Yass Valley Way.

Cemetery: contains the grave of explorer Hamilton Hume; via Rossi St.

Museum: historical displays including a war exhibit encompassing the Boer War, WW I and WW II; open Sat and Sun, or by appt, archive open Tues; Comur St.

Railway Museum: history of the Yass tramway; open Sun; Crago St. 

Self-guide town walk and drive: highlight is the historic buildings in the main street; brochure from visitor centre.


Wee Jasper This picturesque village, where Banjo Paterson owned a holiday home, is set in a valley at the foot of the Brindabella Ranges. The Goodradigbee River is excellent for trout fishing. Carey's Caves are full of limestone formations and were the site of the 1957 discovery of the spine of a large extinct wombat. 50km SW.

Canberra wine region Canberra has around 35 cellar doors, a few in the boundary of the ACT itself, but the majority a little further north around Murrumbateman and Lake George. The first vines in this hilly terrain were planted in 1971. Many of the original winemakers had no experience in winemaking and came from government or science jobs in the ACT. Their wine was slow to take off, but there are no such limitations now. The region produces a great range of styles, with many varieties considered excellent. Clonakilla makes good shiraz and riesling, but its shiraz viognier is the standout – it is difficult to get hold of, but worth trying at the small cellar door. Helm reaches similar heights with riesling and Lark Hill with pinot noir. Follow the signs on Barton Hwy; brochure from visitor centre.

Bookham: village with historic cemetery, markets 2nd Sun each month and Sheep Show and Country Fair in Apr; 30km W.

Binalong: historic town with Motor Museum, Southern Cross Glass and the grave of bushranger Johnny Gilbert; 37km NW.

Burrinjuck Waters State Park: bushwalking, cruises, watersports and fishing. Burrinjuck Ski Classic is held each Nov (water level permitting); off Hume Hwy; 54km SW.

Brindabella National Park: birdwatching, camping and bushwalking in alpine surrounds. 4WD access only; via Wee Jasper; (02) 6122 3100; 61km SW.

Hume and Hovell Walking Track: 23-day, 440km trek from Albury to Yass; for a kit (including maps), contact Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources, Sydney (02) 9762 8044.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Canberra 52 km

There are many great places to unpack a picnic in the Australian Capital Territory, from the copious native areas in the Australian National Botanic Gardens, to the bird mecca of Jerrabomberra Wetlands on the Molonglo... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Royal Canberra Golf Club (Westbourne course) 54 km

When the site for the nation’s capital was selected in 1909, it was mainly rolling grassy plains with few trees. Little was known about what species might flourish in Canberra’s environment. The federal... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Cafe Dolcetto

Cafe Dolcetto is an award-winning coffee shop serving homemade cakes (try their rolled wattle-seed pavlova) and gourmet sandwiches. The decor is 1930s, complete with fireplaces and an enclosed courtyard, and the interior... Find out more

Ewe’n Me

Tucked away behind the Thunderbird Motel, Ewe ’n Me is a delightful little restaurant serving seafood and meat meals such as mariners steak, their most popular dish. Family-owned and run, this is a well-tended... Find out more

Swaggers Restaurant

For a true-blue Aussie experience, dine at Swaggers Restaurant. The down-to-earth country dining room serves generous portions of no-nonsense food, but their steaks are without a doubt the most popular item on the menu.... Find out more

Smokehouse Cafe

This cafe is part of Poachers Pantry and is the place to go for excellent smoked meats and vegetables. Diners could easily share a platter with a glass of wine from the associated Wily Trout vineyard, or tuck into the... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Wig & Pen Brewery/Tavern 52 km

Canberra may well claim to be the real ale capital of Australia on the strength of this single brew-pub, which sees more pints of hand-pumped ale pulled than any other joint in the land. From the well-balanced and... Find out more

Campsites around town

The Captain camping area (walk-in camping) 18 km

This is the first campsite on the track leading from Yass. It’s walk-in access from Black Range Rd, 28 km west of Yass. Boil/treat water from the creek before drinking.... Find out more

Burrinjuck Waters State Park camping area 30 km

Situated on the western foreshore of Lake Burrinjuck, the state park camping area offers a huge array of facilities and activities. Accommodation options include self-contained cottages and cabins, and powered and... Find out more

Careys Reserve camping area 36 km

Careys camping area is 2.6 km north of Wee Jasper next to Burrinjuck Dam, via Caves Rd. You can fish, swim or strike out on a walking trail, and launch a boat from the ramp as long as the dam is more than 60 per cent... Find out more

Billy Grace Reserve 39 km

Perched on the banks of the Goodradigbee River, Billy Grace is 4.1 km south of Wee Jasper village via the Wee Jasper–Nottingham Rd. There’s a playground for the kids and coin-operated showers. Bring your own... Find out more

Fitzpatrick Trackhead camping area 39 km

This camping site is one of the major vehicle-access trackheads on the Hume and Hovell Walking Track. It’s named for James Fitzpatrick, one of the men who accompanied Hume on the expedition. To get here, follow the... Find out more

Swinging Bridge Reserve camping area 42 km

Positioned 7.3 km south of Wee Jasper village along Nottingham Rd, Swinging Bridge Reserve is a green and grassy glade on the banks of the Goodradigbee River. Throw a line in or go for a paddle along the river. Bring... Find out more

Micalong Creek Reserve camping area 44 km

Micalong Creek is about 10 km south of Wee Jasper along Nottingham Rd. There’s fishing and swimming here, as well as walking tracks and picnic facilities. Bring your own drinking water and firewood, or boil/treat... Find out more

Log Bridge Creek camping area (walk-in camping) 47 km

It’s about 14 km from the Fitzpatrick Trackhead to the walk-in Log Bridge Creek campsite. If there’s water in the creek, it’ll need to be boiled or treated before use.... Find out more

Capital Country Holiday Village 49 km

Choose from powered and unpowered tent sites through to cabins, bungalows and lakeside villas at this holiday park, 14 km north of Canberra on Bidges Rd, just off Federal Hwy on the ACT border. Facilities include a... Find out more

Blue Range camping area 50 km

You’ll find this campground in Blue Range Recreation Area, inside Uriarra Forest, 35 km west of Canberra via Brindabella Rd and Blue Range Rd. This is the site of the heritage-listed remains of a World War II... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Yass Caravan Park 1 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 48 km

This camping area is part of the Canberra Showground and may suit those with big rigs or those travelling with dogs. The park is not available during the Canberra Show or the Folk Festival; the maximum stay is 28 days.... Find out more

Capital Country Holiday Village 49 km

Take the time to sit by the lake, relax and feed the ducks. Formerly White Ibis Caravan Park, this is a spacious park in a rural setting about 14 km north of Canberra and easily accessible from the Federal Highway. This... Find out more

Alivio Tourist Park Canberra 50 km

Located in a quiet bushland setting 3 km from the centre of Canberra, this park makes a good base for exploring the national capital, with just a short drive to the city and most of the attractions. The park has... Find out more

Canberra South Motor Park 59 km

This large, older-style park is on the south side just a few kilometres from Canberra. For those navigating with a GPS, the park has no street number but is opposite number 250. A minimum-length stay applies at Easter... Find out more

Queanbeyan Riverside Tourist Park 64 km

This park is set in a lovely location on the banks of the Queanbeyan River, just a short stroll from the heart of town. It is easily accessible from the highway and is often very busy.... Find out more

Governor’s Hill Carapark 78 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, the park is 4 km north of Goulburn and offers good facilities. An added attraction is a highly detailed model train set-up to amuse young and old.... Find out more

Gundagai River Caravan Park 78 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, the park is about 1 km from the town centre. First impressions are the wide expanses of green grass and large shady trees. It is a great spot to stay and enjoy this... Find out more

Gundagai Tourist Park 78 km

Within walking distance of the town centre, this park has 30 undercover, drivethru, ensuite sites. It is ideal for vans or motorhomes less than 3.5 metres high. Some of these sites are suitable for camper trailers with... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Kerrowgair B&B

This National Trust house has been painstakingly restored, preserving its rustic charm. A separate kitchen building contains an old dairy and maids room, but guests will enjoy the old-world sitting room with its... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 15 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.

Bookham rest area 25 km

32km W of Yass (L) or 70km NE of Gundagai (R)

Just off the highway and opposite the cafe. Caravan parking behind the amenities block.

French VC rest area 67 km

9km W of Goulburn (R) or 78km E of Yass (L)

Just off the highway.

Coolac rest area 68 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Mingay rest area 72 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Tumut park area 81 km

At Tumut

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.

Derrick VC rest area 85 km

73km SW of Mittagong (L)

Just off the highway around some shady trees. For westbound only.

Log Bridge Creek camping area 86 km

23km NW of Talbingo (R) or 18km S of Tumut (L)

Well off the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

The Pines camping area 88 km

19km NW of Talbingo (L) or 22km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Chowne VC rest area 90 km

17km NE of Goulburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For eastbound only.

Humes Crossing camping area 91 km

16km NW of Talbingo (L) or 25km SE of Tumut (R)

Just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yachting Point camping area 95 km

12km NW of Talbingo (L) or 30km SE of Tumut (R)

Open grassed area just off the highway on the shores of Lake Blowering in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yolde camping area 96 km

7km NW of Talbingo (L) or 34km SE of Tumut (R)

Well off the highway surrounded by scrub in Kosciuszko National Park.

Jounama Creek camping area 96 km

T/O opposite Talbingo turn-off

On the edge of a creek 300m (unsealed) east of the highway in Kosciuszko National Park.

Yarrangobilly Village camping area 99 km

65km NW of Adaminaby (L) or 26km SE of Talbingo (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the Yarrangobilly River in Kosciuszko National Park.

Talbingo park area 99 km

At Talbingo

Well off the highway overlooking the lake.

What's on around town

Picnic races: Mar.

Yass Show and Rodeo: Mar/April.

Wine Roses and all that Jazz: food, wine and music festival in the Murrumbateman area; Oct/Nov.

Rodeo: Nov.

Classic Yass: Nov.

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