Without knowing a little of the history of country New South Wales towns such as Young, Cooma and Goulburn (and there are others) your initial encounter with courthouses in these places will undoubtedly cause raised eyebrows. Like me, you will wonder why such grand courthouses were built in what are today are rather modest towns in most other...more
The first white settler to arrive in Young was the aptly named James White an ex-convict who arrived in 1832. Having befriended Cobborn Jackie, a chief of the Waradjeri Aboriginal tribe, he secured a homestead site at Burrangong Creek, Young. White and his family lived here pretty much undisturbed until June 1860 when gold was found at one of his...more
In terms of buildings I prefer Young's old Railway Station, but for many visitors the Town Hall on Boorowa Street is Young’s most striking building. Were it not for the fact that it incorporates the towns rather tasteful and different World War I Memorial it might be less so.While most towns opted for stand alone war memorials, and in particular...more
I am sure many readers will have heard of people “reading the riot act” or indeed have announced that they would do so themselves. Less, I imagine, would be aware that the phrase is some 300 years old dating from the public reading of the 1714 Riot Act – an Act of the British Parliament also applicable in Australia. The Riot Act was read aloud by...more
Prior to the railway coming to Young this site was occupied by the town’s first public school which opened here in 1864 (rebuilt 1873). By the 1860s Young, like many other towns in the area, was booming from a gold rush and to open the town to the outside world demands to “Bring the Iron Horse to Town” began. The Iron Horse (railway) arrived in...more
A cherry Orchard where you can pick your own cherries (also sugar plums and peaches in season). Pay by weight for the ones you don't eat as you pick - price about half what you pay in the shops. Pick up a bucket at the weighing area and off you go. A bucket hold around 5kgs of cherries.An on site "Grog shed" sells home produced cherry wines and...more
The adjacent Chinaman's Dam (itself pleasant for a stroll) was built in the 1860's by German brothers Herman and John Tiedmann to provide water for their goldmining activity which, in the 1870's, they sold to a Chinese group. The dam later provided water for steam railway engines.In 1992 the Rotary Club of Young developed the Chinese Tribute...more
Some of the country around Young is reasonably high, so it’s not surprising that the wineries in the surrounding region have chosen the name “Hilltops” as their regional name. I might add that ‘high’ should be taken in the Australian context, where much of the country is very flat! In this area, the context is about 500 metres, just enough to give...more
I guess as an act of reconciliation, some years ago the Young Rotary Club initiated a project which became the Chinese Tribute Park near the town. As the sign says: “In recognition of the contribution of the Chinese community to the settlement of Young in the 1860s and to the ongoing contributions of the Chinese people to Australia as a Nation.”...more
You will find these as you enter the buildings at the JD’s Jam Factory (see “Shopping’). Apparently, these three sculptures were made from the trunk of a large tree removed from the Young Showground, when they were carved freehand with a chainsaw during the Young Cherry Festival in 2001. You just have to be impressed! The figure of the old...more
The old Young schoolhouse was built in 1883. It is quite an imposing building (main photo), but it seems educational changes required a younger Young school! Where once was the chatter of children, now the building provides meeting rooms for community groups, most with interests unrelated to tourists (photo2). The exception is the Lambing Flat...more
Almost across the street from the Council Chambers, you will find the former Millard and Sons Department Store shop. Country department stores now are few and far apart and Millards has ceased operations. The gracious old building now houses a variety of businesses: real estate agents; a coffee shop; craft shops.Still, even on a quiet Sunday...more
"The Wombat Hotel", which has had a continuous liquor license since 1877, making it the longest in NSWHomely and traditional country pub serving good pub food inside, out front or in small beer garden at the back. Had roast of the day... lamb for lunch. While a little overcooked for my liking still nice and came with seven types of vegetables!more
Not so long ago, eating out in Australian country towns brought reminders of our British heritage: uninspiring food, often cooked badly. It was usually safest to have either a mixed grill, or a steak and chips. Looking around the main street, we saw no fewer than three Chinese restaurants, one or two other restaurants, plus a couple of pubs serving...more
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The station is closed. Passenger trains no longer operate here.
Yes, there still is public transport: a 40 minute bus trip from the former railway station, via the “Countrylink” bus service, will take you to Cootamundra. The train line which passes through Cootamundra then will connect you with either Sydney or Melbourne.
By now you’re probably impatient for the details on timetables, so that you can make the trip! OK, from Sydney you depart Central at 0745 and arrive at “Coota” at 1247. Cool your heels until 1455 and you’ll be in Young at 1535. It’s actually somewhat easier from Melbourne, where you leave Southern Cross station at 0830 and arrive at Coota at 1437 - and find the Sydney passengers waiting for the bus you’re about to catch just 8 minutes later.
Other travel choices? Sorry people, that’s it for public transport, but you could drive the 375 km from Sydney to Young in about four hours at legal speeds!
Update: I had earlier advised that the station looked derelict with boards on the windows – it now has been refurbished and transformed into a very pleasant Visitor Information Centre (see “to do”).
JD’s Jam Factory is one of Young’s most iconic “must visits”. It’s a visitor-friendly cross between a shop, restaurant and factory (and, no doubt, a hive of activity in the fruit season). We didn’t stop for a coffee and snack on this visit, but found it very enjoyable on a previous visit some time back.
After you pass the three large wood carvings I’ve included in the “to do” tips, you’ll find yourself in the main shop area – surrounded by endless jars of jams, pickles, chutneys and such! (photo 2)
What to buy: The jams go by the trade name of “Young Maid” and, as you might expect, cherry jam (photo 3) is the specialty of the house! I must say though, that one of my favourites is the chilli date chutney – so we restocked our larder while we were there!
What to pay: Prices are entirely reasonable (typically $5-$6 A), about what you’d pay for jams in most supermarkets for ‘ordinary’ jams, and you can even order through the website if visiting Young isn’t convenient.
We missed the Cherry Festival, the highlight of the year for Young. It is held every year in the first weekend of December, to coincide with the cherry harvest. Without doubt this would be the time to visit, with its colourful street parade, Cherry King and Queen, musical entertainment and tours of cherry orchards. During cherry season, you can even (for a fee) go out and pick your own cherries.
Of course, the best place to find out about the timing of the Cherry Festival, and other attractions and events, would be the Visitor Information Centre. On our 2009 visit we found that the old railway station has been refurbished very pleasantly for that purposem when we displayed our cars there. The staff are friendly and there is plenty of material to assist in making your visit to the Young district interesting. The address is Railway Station, Lovell St Young.
Main photo: Iandra CastleSecond photo: Entry foyerThird photo: Dining hallFourth photo: Upstairs sitting roomFifth photo: Looking toward the stablesMost tourists enjoy castles, but they’re significantly lacking in Australia. Which is why Iandra Castle, the destination of one of our car club runs, absolutely knocked me over. Out in the middle of...more
Main photo: Greenethorpe wheat silosSecond photo: The Shamrock HotelThird photo: Not quite an Irish Pub – the main barFourth photo: Our lunchNot content to build what is probably as close as Australia has to a genuine castle, George Henry Greene built a village for his hundreds of workers. Greenethorpe is the result. Yes, it is included in the VT...more
Across the road from the former store and the wheat silos of the previous tip, you will find another former store. The paint, though peeling, suggests that this may still be in use as a residence, as do the bricks holding down tin on the roof. Most of all, in the second photo you will see a public phone box which looks to still be in service! If...more