Population 7139

Young is an attractive town in the western foothills of the Great Dividing Range with a fascinating history of goldmining. The Lambing Flat goldfields were rushed after a discovery was announced in 1860. Within a year there were an estimated 20,000 miners in town, 2000 of whom were Chinese. A combination of lawlessness and racism boiled over in the Lambing Flat riots in 1861, which gave rise to the Chinese Immigration Restriction Act, the first legislation to herald the infamous White Australia Policy. Today the town is the peaceful centre of a cherry-farming district.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, 55 Lovell St; (02) 6382 3394 or 1800 628 233

Nearby national parks

  • Namadgi National Park

    Rolling grassy hills unfold towards the horizon, hardy snow gums create woodlands on the subalpine slopes and higher still are alpine...more

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

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  • Cowra

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In Town

Lambing Flat Folk Museum This museum is recognised as one of the finest in the country. Meticulously maintained photographs and relics tell the story of the town during the 1800s and 1900s. The full horrific story of the Lambing Flat riots is covered. Campbell St; (02) 6382 2248.

Burrangong Art Gallery: hosts changing exhibitions from guest and local artists; at visitor centre; Lovett St.

Bluestill Distillery Cafe and Gallery: tours, tastings and Devonshire teas; Henry Lawson Way; (02) 6382 2200.


Chinaman's Dam Recreation Area: scenic walks, playground, and picnic and barbecue facilities. Includes Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens with Pool of Tranquility; Pitstone Rd; 4km SE.

Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil Enterprises: tours by appt; bookings (02) 6943 2516; 20 km S.

Murringo: historic buildings, a glassblower and engraver; 21 km E.

Hilltops: surrounding region produces cool climate wines; cellar door information at visitor centre.

Cherries and stone fruit: sales and pick your own throughout the area Nov–Dec. Cherries blossom in Sept/Oct. 

Cafes & restaurants around town


Located on the southern outskirts of town, the Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn has a newly renovated dining room with all the features of a swish inner-city bistro, and a menu to match. Nibble on homemade dips served with... Find out more

Rappjam Catering

There is something for everyone on the eclectic menu at Doves, where modern Australian meets country comfort. Seafood lovers will make a beeline for the ‘ginger seafood medley’, combining prawns, calamari,... Find out more

Young Cafe de Jour

The emphasis is on relaxing at this laid-back restaurant, with couches and plants scattered among the tables in the huge, light-drenched, high-ceilinged dining room. Any formality is focused on the food, with modern... Find out more

Campsites around town

Holy Camp camping area 54 km

This is a nice, shaded spot 15 km west of Grenfell via Holy Camp Rd. From the camp you can do the Euladrie Walk, which follows an old logging road to the base of the escarpment and then climbs steeply to Peregrine... Find out more

Ben Halls camping area 56 km

The grassy unpowered campsites here are set beside historic Seatons Farm, and are a 30 min walk from Ben Halls Cave. The farm is a well-preserved Depression-era structure, with interpretive signs that give a... Find out more

Wallaby camping area 59 km

Take a walk along the Wallaby Walking Track (4 km, 1 hr, medium difficulty) and you may catch a glimpse of a red-necked wallaby or swamp wallaby. Alternatively, sneak out after dark with a torch and see if you can catch... Find out more

The Captain camping area (walk-in camping) 73 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

Wyangala Waters camping area 73 km

This is a sprawling space on the shores of Wyangala Dam, offering powered and unpowered tent and caravan sites, bungalows, cabins, cottages and houseboats. Activities include waterskiing, sailing and fishing – the... Find out more

Grabine Lakeside State Park camping area 78 km

Grabine Lakeside State Park is on the north-eastern banks of the Wyangala Dam, 75 km north-west of Crookwell along the Crookwell–Bathurst Rd, or 120 km from Goulburn along Bigga Rd. The park offers endless boating,... Find out more

Burrinjuck Waters State Park camping area 80 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 93 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

Fitzpatrick Trackhead camping area 98 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

Billy Grace Reserve 98 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

Caravan parks around town

Yass Caravan Park 80 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

Gundagai Tourist Park 85 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

Gundagai River Caravan Park 86 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

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Adrianna’s B&B

A Tudor-style home, this accommodates up to three couples in queen-sized rooms, each with its own bay window and ensuite. There is plenty to like about this 8-hectare property just out of Young, including gardens and... Find out more

Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn

Located on the southern outskirts of town and nestled amid picturesque rose gardens on several hectares of land, this is not your normal run-of-the-mill country-town motel. There is a range of rooms with queen-size beds... Find out more

Young Federation Motor Inn

In the heart of Young, this motor inn offers comfortable accommodation and warm hospitality. There are 30 suites available, including standard rooms, and executive and family suites appointed with all the conveniences... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Tyagong Creek rest area 48 km

31km E of Grenfell (R) or 24km W of Cowra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Grenfell rest area 49 km

At Grenfell

Just off the highway on the south side of town.

Bogolong Rest Area 55 km

95 km E of West Wyalong (L) or 9 km W of Grenfell (R)

Large area just off the highway. Limited shade.

Ben Halls Cave camping area 56 km

T/O 81km E of West Wyalong (R) or 23km W of Grenfell (L)

Secluded bush setting in Weddin Mountains National Park 13km south-west of the highway via Lynchs Rd (unsealed) and Nowlands Rd (partly unsealed).

Cowra park area 64 km

At Cowra

Opposite the information centre.

Bookham rest area 64 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.

Weddin View rest area 64 km

82km E of West Wyalong (L) or 22km W of Grenfell (R)

Adjacent to the highway under a few trees.

Cowra rest area 66 km

At Cowra

Just off the highway on the east side of town at Ramage Park.

Coolac rest area 71 km

84km SW of Yass (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For southbound only.

Mingay rest area 75 km

12km N of Gundagai (L)

Large area adjacent to the highway. For northbound only.

Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 91 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.

Marsden rest area 95 km

36km NE of West Wyalong (R) or 69km SW of Forbes (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees on the banks of Bland Creek.

What's on around town

Hilltops Flavours of the Harvest Festival (Young): Feb.

Lambing Flat Festival: Mar/Apr.

National Cherry Festival: Dec.

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