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DISCOVER THE HILLTOPS REGION Visit our unique countryside with a rich culture of fresh local produce and authentic rural experiences


WELCOME to Hilltops Region The Hilltops region, in the rolling hills of South West New South Wales, yields some of Australia’s finest food and wine. Through wide open country and intimate valleys, our towns and villages offer the visitor heritage buildings, a varied retail experience for shopping enthusiasts and the warmth of country hospitality. Welcome to the Hilltops Region, located just over an hour north of Canberra in southern NSW. Featuring the thriving towns of Young, HardenMurrumburrah and Boorowa, along with a host of quaint villages bursting with history and a unique story to tell, the region is a fusion of experiences waiting to be explored.

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The unfolding hills change with the seasons, and the patterns of orchards, grapevines and olive groves decorate the slopes. Spring brings vivid yellow canola and mustard, sweet pink and white almond, plum, and then apple and cherry blossoms; baby lambs and calves play in the paddocks, and sometimes at dusk and early

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morning kangaroos and wallabies can be seen. Summer brings the warm gold of wheat, and the crisp green of lucerne. Ripening cherries, for which the region is famous, wink among the leaves, and in the fields the patterns change with windrowing and harvest. Australia’s first cherry crops were grown here and the region has many varieties of delicious cherries. Our deep soils and good rainfall produce world class wines and delicious stone fruits including plums, peaches, nectarines and apricots. The Wiradjuri people helped the first Europeans to settle here, and gold was discovered in the region; there are stories on the land itself. Travelling through the varied landscapes to the broad streets and historic buildings of our towns, the visitor finds farm gate

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produce, antique shops, boutiques, and handmade offerings. Each year cultural events see thousands flock to the towns, celebrating histories of the gold rush, the wool industry, and the waves of newcomers from across the globe, who brought their skills to develop our pastoral, mining, agricultural and horticultural industries. Enjoy the relaxation that comes with a change of pace. The Hilltops Region is waiting for you.

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Young YO U N G I S W EL L-K N OW N F O R I T S I C O N I C C H ER RI E S

A handsome country town in a deep valley, Young offers the full urban experience, with comfy motels, B&B’s and self-catering accommodation as well as a central caravan park. Its award-winning cafes and boutiques are among grand 19th century buildings. The town shopping strip is surrounded by fine 20th century streetscapes with some gorgeous gardens. Young is in the heart of the Hilltops Region, less than two hours’ drive from Canberra. The town offers the amenities of an urban centre, award-winning coffee and scrumptious eateries near formal parks along the creek. Leave shopping malls behind and step into the sunlight of Young’s vibrant centre, with exclusive boutiques, hair and beauty salons, three supermarkets, top-level gourmet butchers, and great homewares and DIY shopping. Visit the Information Centre, in the elegant 1885 railway station building, to ask about the town’s Heritage Walks, combining exercise with interest for history-lovers. Note the architectural styles of our fine churches, banks and official buildings. The Town Hall is the largest in country NSW, its clock tower a magnificent WW1 War memorial. It’s on the site of the 1889 generating station; Young had the first electricity supply in the British Empire: before the State Capitals, even before London. In 1904 Australia’s (and the world’s) first national Labor Government was led by the member for Young, Chris Watson. In 1831 Young’s first European settler, James White, built his homestead on a

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slope 15 km north of the present town, on the advice of the local Wiradjuri people. The sheltered area where his ewes gave birth was known as the Lambing Flat. Gold was first discovered there in 1860. Thousands of miners and prospectors flocked to the field, and the town developed. Young’s museum, housed in the 1883 schoolhouse, tells the story of the 1861 riots against energetic Chinese miners. In recognition of the contribution of the Chinese community to the settlement of Young, the Chinese Tribute Garden was constructed near areas where the Chinese miners worked; this tranquil place of lakes and pretty walks is a popular picnic destination.

Young is surrounded by orchards, vineyards, olive groves and strawberry farms. Through Spring, the orchards blossom. Young hosts the annual National Cherry Festival on the first full weekend of December. Venture into the orchards to pick your own or stop by one of the many shopfronts and road-side stalls to stock up and fill the car with the sweet aroma of cherries, and cherry pies. Later, plums, peaches, apricots and other stone fruit, fresh and in pies and preserves, are available. Wine connoisseurs, and others learning, can enjoy a tasting at one of the cellar doors. Young’s Information Centre has a complete collection of regional wines to buy.

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Hard en Murrumburrah Explore a rich history spanning the gold rush era, visits from bushrangers and the first Australian Light Horse, complemented by old-world charm and warm country hospitality. Located just 30 minutes from Young and 90 minutes from Canberra on the Burley Griffin way are the twin towns of Harden and Murrumburrah. To a visitor there seems no distinctive point where one town ends and the other begins. Murrumburrah was founded on Murimboola Creek in the 1840s. In 1877 a major station on the Sydney-Melbourne railway line was established a mile up the hill. Murrumburrah remained the township, while the station became known as Harden.

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In 1885 a branch line servicing Young and beyond was opened. Workers employed in the railway workshops built to service the trains expanded the Harden population. Distinctive church spires and towers give a dramatic silhouette to the twin towns. Because the two towns developed at different times they offer distinctive architectural styles. Murrumburrah has two former bank buildings in the Arts & Crafts style, the earlier buildings in the Italianate style: look at the elegant red brick courthouse: the museum is located at the bottom of the hill in the old Mechanics Institute, it is in the Federation Style. The Light Horse Memorial in Albury Street honours the district’s contribution to Australian history. A Heritage Footbridge leads to St Mary’s Church and a view of the town, certainly worth the climb. Harden Murrumburrah offers a range of cafes, pub meals and accommodation.

Harden’s vibrant town centre, north of the Highway around Neill Street, is the commercial precinct of the twin towns. The newly landscaped main street has dramatic groups of mature date palms, and shade trees framing attractive Federation era and Federation Style shops, hotels, banks and a Mechanics’ Institute. The Railway Station, still in use but not manned, is a reminder of the scale of passenger and goods traffic that built the town. Between the town centres you can swim, order a metal fireguard or something for your garden, and visit the well-stocked garden centre. An alternative to the main road to Young takes you beside the magnificent railway viaduct, is through the lovely Currawong valley, past charming homesteads and the beautiful Currawong Church. Historic charm and discovery coupled with friendly country hospitality. Harden-Murrumburrah awaits you!

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Boorowa With a colourful Irish heritage, wide open landscapes on the Boorowa River, a long tradition of pastoral activity, a vibrant township and pure country charm, Boorowa is an early Australian country town located just seventy minutes north-west of Canberra. Irish cousins Roger Corcoran and Ned Ryan, Rebels who’d been transported to the colony of NSW each gained a “ticket-of-leave” the first step to citizenship, in 1821. The first Europeans to settle in the district, they invited friends and family to make a new life in the region. The two took prominent roles in the settlement and growth of the town. This proud Irish heritage, which brings many travellers from the homeland, comes to the fore at the annual Irish Woolfest. Boorowa is home to fine merino wool; renowned studs form

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the core of the region’s pastoral economy. In celebration of this and its Irish heritage, flocks of sheep fill Boorowa’s main street in the spectacular Running of the Sheep. The day culminates with the ecumenical Blessing of the Fleece. A sheep is shorn and its fleece is thrown on stage as a thanksgiving for the fine wool of the district. Complete with Irish music, dancers and a Growers’ Market, the Irish Woolfest is the highlight of Boorowa’s year. Boorowa is a delight for travellers, offering a vibrant and well-preserved

township brimming with cultural attractions. The fine classical Boorowa Courthouse holds a cafe and information centre. Rail enthusiasts can visit the heritage listed Boorowa Underbridge, with its rare timber deck Howe Truss. The Historical Museum occupies the last pisé building in Boorowa and the Glenara Gallery along the main road is in a fine Early Victorian gentleman’s residence. The octagonal War Memorial, a terra cotta-roofed English Georgian building, a most unusual style for Australia, dominates the vista along the main street near the bridge across the Boorowa River. Boorowa has antique shops and several popular country pubs. You’ll find Devonshire teas and homemade scones served with fresh cream and local berry jams. Along the Lachlan Valley Way from the Hume Highway, Boorowa is a treat for the senses.

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Jugiong T H E S I R G EO RG E I N J U G I O N G

On the banks of the Murrumbidgee River just off the Hume Highway, Jugiong is an ideal entry point and introduction to the Hilltops Region. 90 minutes from Canberra, 20 minutes from Gundagai, with a charming trio of local tourism businesses along the main street, Jugiong is a great stopping place to refresh for your journey. The Murrumbidgee rises in the Snowy peaks and flows through the southern part of the Hilltops region, bringing pristine water to the pumping station in Jugiong, which provides water to Harden and Young. The Long Track Pantry, in the beautifully restored Jugiong General Store, is a thriving produce store and café loved by locals and travellers alike. Serving home-style breakfast and lunch from Wednesday to Monday, the warm and welcoming eatery is the embodiment of Hilltops dining. Enjoy a delicious range of sandwiches and salads, smooth coffee and a tantalising display of locally produced jams, chutneys, oils and sauces.

To enjoy Jugiong fully, stay overnight in the Jugiong Motor Inn, and next day visit the newly renovated Sir George. The establishment combines a modern, elegant design, high end dining (with their own bakery), complemented by professional friendly service. The Jugiong Wine Cellar, the third feather in the village’s culinary hat, showcases the finest wines from the surrounding wine regions of Hilltops, Tumbarumba, Canberra and Gundagai. Initially designed to present wine produced from the 190 hectares of vines planted nearby, the cellar door quickly expanded to offer travellers a taste of the best wines produced throughout southern New South Wales.

WOMBAT AND KINGSVALE On the 20-minute drive between Harden and Young are the villages of Wombat and Kingsvale, in the heart of Hilltops’ stone-fruit industry. With several large orchards, the hardest decision is choosing which orchard to stop at and whether you will pick your own or buy a box to take home. The cheery Wombat pub hosts Bush Poets, local bands, and offers hearty meals. The Wombat Cellars, next door, specialises in traditional liqueurs made from local walnuts, cherries and citrus.

MURRINGO A remnant of a bygone era, Murringo was once home to gold prospectors dreaming of making their fortunes. Today, the Taubman and Webb Trading Post is a Murringo must-see. Coronation Collectables located in Murringo’s historic police station, is a treat for antique collectors. The oldest village in the region, Murringo has several Georgian cottages and the 1862 schoolhouse is still educating our local children. The village has fine stone buildings, including two churches, and its cemetery is worth a visit.

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Galong, 30-minutes south-west of Boorowa, shares Boorowa’s Irish heritage. Galong is known for its remarkable walled cemetery, which is on the Register of the National Trust. Graves date back to 1854 and the cemetery features some spectacular monuments in marble and sandstone. Today, the village is home to the St Clement’s Retreat and Conference Centre, in a historic monastery on a 300-hectare property. The Galong Railway Station has a heritage listing.


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Koorawatha, on the northern fringe of the Hilltops region, is 30 minutes from Young and 20 from Cowra. The picturesque 20-minute drive from Murringo brings you through the Murringo gap in the hills and serves as a dramatic introduction to the fascinating Rift Valley. Koorawatha’s history includes a notable gun battle that took place in 1864 between bushrangers and the police at the Bang Bang Hotel. The gateway to the Koorawatha Nature Reserve and the Koorawatha Falls, the area is favoured for bird watching and bush walks.

Bribbaree, on the edge of the Hilltops Region, is just 35 minutes west of Young, at the beginning of the great Western Plains of NSW. The village has a marvellous pub, and is an excellent base for exploring the Weddin Mountains and Ben Hall’s Cave to the east. The vibrant community spirit is evident in the welcome delivered by friendly locals, and the church buildings are worth a look.

Monteagle village is located 15-minutes north of Young, surrounded by orchards and olive groves. Here alpacas guard the sheep from foxes. Another 10 minutes on the gravelled Scenic Road brings visitors to Tout’s Lookout for stunning views of the countryside. The nearby Iandra Castle is open on occasion throughout the year. The Castle, in the Elizabethan Style, has a tall tower, 57 rooms and is a very early (1908) example of reinforced concrete.

BENDICK MURRELL Located 20-minutes north-east of Young, Bendick Murrell was named after the pastoral station on which it was built, as a railway maintenance settlement. Now the region’s equestrian centre, it is recognised for its regular events and first-rate recreation ground.

MAIMURU On a steep rise offering breathtaking views of the surrounding broad acre paddocks and orchards, Maimuru is a picturesque photo-stop on your visit to the Hilltops region. Fifteenminutes north-west of Young, its sweet traditional wooden public school overlooks the whole valley of Maimuru. A post World War 1 soldier settlement, its intensive prune production has given way to olive and dairy production.

RYE PARK Rye Park, located 20-minutes southeast of Boorowa, was the site of one of the richest silver mines in New South Wales. Old leg irons and marks found on bricks on local properties are reminders of convict labour in this area. The wide-open pastureland and ridges give a sense of space as you drive along.

RUGBY REIDS FLAT Located one-hour north-east of Boorowa, Reids Flat sits on the banks of the Lachlan River. Legend has it that local butcher William Fogg and notorious bushranger Frank Gardiner fought a gun battle here with the police. Remains of the site can still be seen today.

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FROGMORE Frogmore is a small village located 25-minutes north-east of Boorowa. Copper was first discovered and mined in Frogmore in the 1850s, and the area yielded silver and tungsten. Striking granite tors can be seen in the area around the village.

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Rugby is located 25-minutes east of Boorowa. The first settlers of Rugby struggled to clear the dense bushland to create pasture for grazing on Rugby’s plains. Today, the area produces some of the finest merino wool in NSW.

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HISTORY

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The geological origins of the Hilltops Region are mysterious; millions of years ago, the fertile soils arrived and have nourished humans for thousands of years. In the 1820s Europeans settled in the district now known as Boorowa; areas further west in were settled in about 1830. Gold rushes brought a higher population, and from 1860 the towns and villages grew. The Hilltops is one of the Australia’s most fertile regions. Before European settlement, the indigenous people sowed and reaped crops of local legumes, seeds and yams, and used firestick farming and other brilliant technologies to manage indigenous livestock. The returning boomerang

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mimicked a bird of prey: thrown above ducks, the boomerang frightened them into a waiting net. Small patches of grass were burned sequentially in bush areas, kangaroos and wallabies attracted to fresh regrowth could be easily speared.

A coincidence of history meant peaceable first contact between some Wiradjuri people and European settlers in the Hilltops region. The NSW Colony’s government in 1826 declared the “limits of location,” beyond which settlers were not

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protected by the colonial government. When James White wanted to graze sheep and cattle outside those limits he had to negotiate with the Wiradjuri people. Running their livestock and cropping on this fertile land, the Wiradjuri were solidly built healthy people, some men over 213 cm (7 feet) tall, and great warriors. They’d also had plenty of notice of the arrival of Europeans with their overwhelming technologies: not only horse transport and metal guns and axes, but the convenience of cattle and sheep efficiently turning vegetation into protein. They negotiated with White, learned to ride, and became pastoral workers. Throughout this period, they were able to maintain the ceremonies and connection to the land they’d nurtured for thousands of years before European settlement. When Gold was discovered and European workers left the land to prospect for their fortunes, the wool

industry relied on indigenous labour. Gold brought closer populations with a cultural mix, so that into the mainly British society came Italians, Germans, Dutch and French – and Americans, including African Americans, and the Chinese, who worked in close teams on the diggings. Many miners stayed on once the gold ran out, and huge pastoral properties were broken up. Close farming settlement remained around the towns and villages near Young and Harden after the mining rushes. The Wiradjuri people became contractors, still using pastoral skills such as fencing and shearing and horsemanship. This was the time when horticulture began, and cherries and other fruits were planted on an industrial scale. Railways arrived from the late 1870s: transport of goods to market within 24 hours developed the economy and therefore the

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population. In 1889 the provision of electricity gave the economy a fillip. Local Pastoralists invested in the town, guaranteeing loans for prospective businesses, and Wiradjuri contractors added fruit picking to their repertoire of skills. After World War I, soldier-settlement areas were established in the region, and the rural population continued to grow. The Cool Stores in Young were built by the small farmers’ co-operative with the backing of pastoralists: the large refrigeration plant made possible by the electrical generating station. Young became the region’s chief commercial and business centre. Harden grew as a major railway centre, with pastures and wheat growing, Boorowa remained chiefly a pastoral economy with broad acre properties. These days crops such as canola and barley and triticale are also grown across the Region.

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Explore Boorowa’s history on a self-guided walk along the Shamrock Trail taking in beautiful St Patrick’s Catholic Church and the unusual octagonal War Memorial.

See a story of the Australian Light Horse at Murrumburrah’s Light Horse Memorial.

Enjoy a stroll through the tranquil Chinese Tribute Garden near Young, where swans and other water birds nest on the series of lakes.

Take the Heritage Walk through Young to see the town’s historic 1880s buildings - the Railway Station, Old School, Gaol, Great Courthouse. Don’t miss the old Convent, and the stone churches.


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THE GOLD TRAIL EXPERIENCE The Gold Trail Experience is an interactive journey through our history of the 1860’s gold rush, delivered with multimedia and touch sensitive screens. Come along and find out how our Chinese and European history shaped Australia’s future, who knows, you might even get to see a real Bushrangers loot! A great time for all the family open 7 days 10am - 4pm. 354 Albury St, Murrumburrah Ph: (02) 6386 3316 www.goldtrailexperience.com.au

CARL VALERIUS LOCAL ARTIST, STONE MASON AND CREATOR OF BILL THE BASTARD STATUE {Harden-Murrumburrah} A Harden-Murrumburrah local and passionate admirer of the Light Horse, Carl Valerius wanted to sculpt a life-size statue to honour one of Australia’s most famous war horses, ‘Bill the Bastard’. Carl planned to celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the battle: on 6 August 2016, Carl unveiled the work, commemorating both Bill and the role Harden-Murrumburrah played in founding Australia’s First Light Horse. Bill the Bastard, a name of endearment born not out of poor character but rather his preference for one ride and one rider only – Major Michael Shanahan – was a World War I legend. At the battle of Romani, in the Egyptian desert, Bill and Shanahan saved the lives of four stranded soldiers when he rescued them from heavy enemy fire by carrying all five men across thousands of yards of Egyptian sand to safety.

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LAMBING FLAT FOLK MUSEUM Lambing Flat Folk Museum - household textiles, a war and historic photographic collection, dentistry and hairdressing memorabilia, a full size buggy and even a three legged chook. On display is the “Roll-Up-Flag”, a banner carried by the rioting European miners in 1861. This flag forms part of the gold rush and mining history display. School groups and coach groups are welcome, only a short walk from the CBD. Panning equipment can be hired for the Fossicking enthusiast. 2 Campbell St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 2248 www.lambingflatmuseum.webs.com

Donations can be made to this significant project by visiting Bill the Bastard and sculptor Carl Valerius, at his studio on the Corner of Burley Griffin Way and Bathurst St, Murrumburrah.

VALERIUS’ LIFE-SIZE BRONZE STATUE OF BILL THE BASTARD (WHO IN LIFE WEIGHED 730 KILOGRAMS AND STOOD AT 17 HANDS) PORTRAYS THE FAMOUS SCENE THAT CATAPULTED BILL INTO THE HISTORY BOOKS. A VERSION OF THE STATUE CAN BE ADMIRED AT THE AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE MEMORIAL IN MURRUMBURRAH.

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TAUBMAN & WEBB TRADING POST The Taubman & Webb Trading Post is a tribute centre to the late Syd Bayliss, renowned bushman and plaiter and whip maker, and displays many leather items which were made and used by Syd. There are also leather items made by Richard Taubman and other leather workers for sale. Richard and Leah Taubman are dedicated to keeping Syd’s story alive. This can also be seen in Richard’s book “One Of The Last”, a biography of Syd Bayliss, which is now in 8th edition. 26 Murringo Gap Road, Murringo Ph: (02) 6384 6224 tauweb@skymesh.com.au

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NATURE

& outdoors The Hilltops Region is home to varied landscapes, from undulating hills decorated with vineyards and orchards, open pasture with glimpses of distant blue ranges, and jagged hills near the Murrumbidgee River. The open plains of the Boorowa River Valley show the wide grazing slopes of the Boorowa district, the earliest settled area of our region. Driving through the varied landscapes offers vistas and intimate shady stops, to rest and to photograph. There are activities for every level of fitness, from gentle walks to strenuous climbs. The Murrumbidgee and Lachlan Rivers frame the Hilltops Region. The Boorowa

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River flows through the north-eastern sector, and Boorowa itself. Water has been crucial to the towns and local industries.

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GRENFELL The Weddin Mountains National Park is located near the beautiful town of Grenfell, 30mins north of Young. It is the ideal location for birdwatching, camping & bush walking with spectacular views, BBQ’s, undercover picnic area, camping sites and unique Seaton’s Farm. At Grenfell, stock up on supplies, browse the boutique shops and sit with Australian poet Henry Lawson. Grenfell is steeped in history with much of its old-world character maintained. 88 Main Street, Grenfell Ph: (02) 6343 2059 www.grenfell.org.au

accessed by a 4WD (or on foot) with quiet watering holes and shade it’s an ideal place to cool down on a hot day.

Wyangala Dam on the edge of the region in north-east is the perfect playground for the young and youngat-heart, with children’s playground facilities and walking and mountainbiking trails for exercise. With the lure of fishing, boating and paddling, the dam is the perfect destination to reconnect with nature and soak in the great outdoors.

Birdwatchers come to the Hilltops Region, because it is the home of the Superb Parrot. This treasured and endangered species migrates to the hills and ranges near Boorowa at the end of winter to breed during spring and early summer.

Nestled in the northernmost point of the Hilltops Region travellers will discover the Koorawatha Nature Reserve. Spanning 1,106 hectares, the reserve is ideal for bird watching and exploration. Near the Koorawatha Falls, spectacular after rain but best

The Rift valley, formed millions of years ago when the valley floor dropped more than 100 metres, creating a wide flat plain between two uplifted ridges, extends from Cowra to Young. The hills are now covered by native forest

of cypress pine and small gums and many varieties of wildflower. On the eastern side two openings leading through mysterious gaps, one along Karoopa Lane, to the Clover Leigh golf course at Crowther; the other, the more dramatic, from Chew’s Lane to Murringo. With all the ingredients for the ultimate outdoor escape, the only question is how to see it all. From cycling to golf to boating, horse riding and fishing, driving and simply walking, then finding cosy cafes and pubs to rest, or finding a movie to your taste, the Hilltops Region is great for a break.

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Drive to Tout’s Lookout, located in Monteagle, just 25-minutes north of Young, and enjoy stunning panoramic views of the region.

Compare our six golf courses or swim in our town pools.

Drive or jog along the many lanes around our orchards and small farms.

Enjoy Freshwater fishing on the Murrumbidgee River at Jugiong with Murray Cod and trout available in season. Check with a local for the best spots!


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The industries of the Hilltops Region have shaped the way the towns and villages function. Each visit will bring a different delight.

they are now known to have been valued as symbols of authority and respect. Many of the Region’s fruit growers sell delicious home-made jams, chutneys and sauces at the door and in local shops. Poppa’s Fudge & Jam Factory in Young combines local produce with delightful treats that will tantalise every tastebud, as well as a charming display of homewares and gift ideas.

Young’s Lambing Flat Folk Museum displays artefact’s including the banner the anti-Chinese rioters carried in 1861, and Coborn Jackey’s nameplate (1831). These nameplates were worn with pride by indigenous men who worked on pastoral stations: once thought to be a sign of servility

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Shops in our towns feature local produce, and travellers can enjoy fruit-picking in many of our Regions’ orchards. We have a warm welcome for golfers. Hilltops is home to the William Street championship 18-hole golf course and the Tipperary 9-hole golf course in Young, as well as the Clover Leigh Golf

Course at Crowther and the homecourses of Harden, Boorowa and Jugiong. Picnic in one of the many picturesque parks, zoom around local skate parks or cool off in our swimming pools in Young, Harden, Boorowa or Jugiong. Taubman and Webb Trading Post in Murringo teaches leather working skills and offers handmade leather goods. Traditional popcorn accompanies the latest blockbuster at the cinema in Young. With so much to see and do, we think you’ll come back again and again.

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Explore the Gold Trail heritage weaving throughout the region.

Come to an open day at historic Iandra Castle between Monteagle & Greenethorpe.

Visit WhichCraft cottage at Murrumburrah for craft and sandwiches in a beautiful Federation house and garden.

Join us for a game of bowls or croquet.


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Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory was created by Kevin after he retired from managing the family electrical contracting business, passing it on to his sons to manage. Poppa’s started as a gifts and homewares store, however, due to Kevin’s (aka: Poppa) love of cooking, the product offering expanded to include a delicious range of homemade fudges. Today, Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory produces over 50 varieties of fudge and over 100 lines of jams, sauces, chutneys and more. All produce is grown, processed and made in store by Poppa and his team to ensure every customer has the most delicious experience.

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“YOUNG HAS BEEN VERY GOOD TO US OVER THE YEARS. WE BELIEVE YOU GET BACK WHEN YOU GIVE AND WE LOVE TO GIVE TO THIS TOWN THAT WE ARE VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT.”

With sampling described as a ‘must’ before buying, travellers can expect an immersive culinary experience complemented by a diverse range of gifts and homewares.

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LAMBING FLAT CHINESE TRIBUTE GARDEN

Pick your own cherries, apricots, & plums. Freshly picked, pre-packed cherries, apricots, plums, peaches, nectarines & figs. Homemade jams, sauces, prunes, cherry pies, cherry ice-cream & more from the Shed Shop. Cherry pie cooking classes. Award winning wines at the Cellar Door. Cherry and Sugar Plum Dessert Wines. Bring a picnic to have in the shady picnic area with free electric BBQ. Experience genuine country hospitality. Ample parking for cars, caravans & coaches.

Enjoy a relaxing wander through the Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden, built to honour Chinese miners who came to the region during the gold rush period in the 1860s. The garden is located at Chinaman’s Dam and includes interpretive signage detailing Young’s mining heritage and information on wild birds and wildlife. Picnic facilities, barbeques and toilet facilities are all available making it a perfect stop for lunch. The Garden is located to the south of Young, 5km from the CBD.

4321-4335 Olympic Hwy (South), Young Ph: 0418 271 770 www.ballinaclash.com.au

70 Pitstone Road, Young Ph: (02) 6382 3394 www.www.visithilltopsregion.com.au

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POPPA’S FUDGE AND JAM FACTORY

THE SOUTHERN CROSS CINEMA & ARTS COMPLEX

Poppa’s Fudge & Jam Factory is Young’s sweetest tourist attraction, making over 90 products including jams, chutneys, relishes and 50 varieties of fudge and chocolates. Fruit & Vegetables used are grown on Poppa’s farm in Young. What we can’t grow is sourced locally. We even make ice cream on the premises! Poppa cooks every day, try our Cherry Jams, Pies and Juice, all on display at our infamous ‘Great Wall of Cherry’

The Southern Cross Cinema and Arts Complex is a community run cinema operating 7 days a week (excluding some public holidays). We are the number one destination for entertainment in Young. Run by the Young District Arts Council Inc, we also host art, music and drama workshops throughout the year as well as live performances and fundraisers. Our program can be downloaded from our website or by contacting us by phone.

Shop 1, Lovell Place, 21 Lovell St, Young

96 Main St Young Ph: (02) 6382 1000

Ph: (02) 6382 5854

www.poppasfudgeandjamfactory.com

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Key EVENTS L I O N DA N C I N G AT YO U N G’S C H I N E S E FE S T I VA L

March YOUNG

JUGIONG

Lambing Flat Chinese Festival

Jugiong Writers’ Festival

Cherry Chase Fun Run

BOOROWA Boorowa Show

May BOOROWA Amateur Picnic Races

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HARDEN

Cherry Blossom Long Lazy Lunch

Murrumburrah Harden Show

Young Show Hilltops Wine Show

Octob er HARDEN

T W I N TOW N RO D EO

BOOROWA

Kite Festival

Irish Woolfest

Harden Picnic Races

Yard Dog Championship

Southwest Slopes Merino Breeders Field Day

Boorowa Touch Netball Carnival

YOUNG Burrangong Picnic Races Bribbaree Annual Show

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HARDEN

Harden Murrumburrah Twin Town Rodeo N AT I O N A L C H ERRY FE S T I VA L, YO U N G

JUGIONG Sgt Parry Memorial Day (Biannual)

BOOROWA Reids Flat Gymkhana

Dec emb er YOUNG Pick your Own Cherries and Stone fruit National Cherry Festival

Want to discover more? PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE FOR THE FULL EVENTS CALENDAR

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& wine Not only orchards and vineyards, but olive groves and mustard producers mean our Hilltops Region has culinary delights to tantalise every tastebud. Each of our towns has a good butcher offering local meats, but the Young butchers had a unique moment in history, winning 1st and 2nd prize for their sausages at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the same year. You can buy free range organically grown pork beef and lamb, the delicious prize winning sausages and more, meat trimmed and prepared to your liking, and lots of local accompaniments at our butchers. Take the memories home by visiting some of the local producers such as Charlie Arnott’s Grass-fed Beef in Boorowa. Hilltops Honey is found in many of our shops: mix some with one of the Yandilla Mustards to glaze a ham from our butchers, and serve Pitstone olives from the region with drinks before dinner. We welcome the hungry traveller to big country meals, and the discerning “foodie” to choose from the varied menus in our cafes. The Country Women’s Association has encouraged

our locals to learn to bake and preserve, so there’s a great skill base for our cafes and pubs to produce scrumptious desserts and wonderful cakes and pies.

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Once you’ve tried the Long Track Pantry and the Sir George in Jugiong, find the Muddy Duck Café and the Barnes Store Emporium in Murrumburrah. Try the antipasto platters at Wilkies Cottage Café Pantry and lunch at the Kettle & Grain in Young. At Art of Espresso in Young taste their awardwinning Kombi House coffee blend, made by enthusiastic and experienced baristas. Art of Espresso transforms into a live music hub every few months with appearances by headline artists. Beyond the host of tantalising cafes and restaurants, the Hilltops Region is rapidly emerging as one of the most exciting viticultural regions in Australia. The high altitude, coupled with the dry summer and autumn, provide excellent ripening conditions. Our rich soil facilitates the production of wines with intense flavour and finesse.

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The Hilltops Wine Cellar, located within the Young Visitor Information Centre, is an excellent place to begin your Hilltops wine journey. The cellar door showcases the brands of the 13 Hilltops Region wineries. Following this introduction to Hilltops’ wines, travellers can embark on a Hilltops Wine Tour, exploring local wineries such as Grove Estate Wines, Trandari Wines, Chalkers Crossing, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery, Jugiong Wine Cellar and the Wombat Cellars, to name just a few!


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Art of Espresso is a local family-owned specialty coffee-roasting business. When Adrian (from an Italian family in Sydney) met Gabrielle (who lived in Young) their shared love of the ‘bush’ meant they wanted to call it home, providing that good coffee was available. Adrian and Gabrielle started the business in 1999 with a mobile coffee cart that still pops up at local festivals and events. In 2010 they opened their flagship espresso bar in Young which houses their coffee-roasting facility,

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the region’s first certified Barista Training School, and produces their famous house blend – The Kombi blend. Art of Espresso was born from a desire to provide regional customers with quality fresh roasted coffee, celebrating coffee and good company, and changing he perception of coffee in the bush. Since 2006 Art of Espresso has won over 30 national and international awards, including the gold medal and overall coffee champion in its class at the prestigious Sydney Royal Show Fine Foods Awards in March 2016. The commitment and delight with which Adrian, Gabriele and their team live out their ethos of “relationships… not contracts” gives Art of Espresso its truly vibrant soul, attracting locals and travellers to enjoy the smooth elixir.

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ART OF ESPRESSO ESPRESSO BAR - ROASTERY BARISTA SCHOOL - LIVE MUSIC Since its pioneering foray into coffee back in 1996, with its mantra of “changing the way coffee is perceived in the bush”, Adrian & Gabrielle Capra, continue a dedicated focus on direct trade with a firm belief towards ethical and sustainable business practices, whilst allowing the brand to focus on its expertise, that being Coffee Roasting, barista training and customer relations. Our flagship Espresso Bar serves award winning coffee roasted on-site, a variety of freshly prepared meals for breakfast and lunch and hosts some of Australia’s premier independent live music performers. Art of Espresso are proud winners of the 2016 Sydney Royal Fine Foods Gold Medal and Champion Roaster in the 100% Australian Single Origin Class.

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LONG TRACK PANTRY A busy country café renowned for its coffee, fresh food, pantry items & excellent service. Browse our range of homemade jams, dressings and chutneys made from seasonal produce. Open Wednesday to Monday 8am-4pm

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Riverside Dr, Jugiong Ph: (02) 6945 4144 www.longtrackpantry.com.au

KETTLE & GRAIN CAFE

During the cherry season enjoy home-made cherry pies from Poppa’s Fudge Factory, local orchards and bakeries. Try your hand at making your own cherry pie! Join seasonal cherry pie-making classes at Ballinaclash Orchard!

Experience the best of the Hilltops Region’s wines on a Hilltops Wine Tour.

Stock up on locally made jams, chutneys, pickles, olive oil, honey and more!

Open Wednesday-Sunday from 8am; all day breakfast on weekends! Located in historical school grounds behind the Museum; ONA coffee/breakfast/lunch/homemade treats. Rated #1 on TripAdvisor.

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2 Campbell St (Olympic Hwy), Young Ph: 0497 247 246 www.kettleandgrain.com

THE MUDDY DUCK Set in the old Post Office in Murrumburrah, The Muddy Duck offers a cafe/deli environment with a splash of homewares, leisurewear and floristry. The Muddy Duck also specialises in Monster Shakes.

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344 Albury Street, Murrumburrah Ph: 0407 681915 www.themuddyduck.com.au

HILLTOPS HONEY Hilltops Honey is owned and run by 3rd generation beekeeper Tony, his wife Jane and their family. Our honey is completely pure raw and natural and is gathered fresh from our bees for you to enjoy. All our honey and beeswax products are lovingly handmade, with the utmost care and attention to detail, using our own pure raw honey and pure raw beeswax, together with organic and natural ingredients. PO Box 1234, Young, 2594 Ph: 0429 405 889 www.hilltopshoney.com.au

WILKIES COTTAGE CAFE PANTRY

HILLTOPS WINE TOURS

Delicious coffee, fresh food and friendly service. All cakes, biscuits & slices made in house with many gluten free options. Candles, gifts and locally made produce also available.

Tours for up to six people guiding you through the Hilltops area visiting wineries, also other local attractions such as Cherry picking in season and local producers.

196 Boorowa St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 4253 wilkiescottage@live.com.au

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GROVE ESTATE WINES

BARNESSTORE EMPORIUM AND CAFE

Grove Estate Wines is located just 4km from Young on the Murringo Road. We are OPEN 7 days a week and are one of the major draw cards to the exciting Hilltops wine region. The extraordinary partnership of viticulturist Brian Mullany with winemakers Bryan Martin and Tim Kirk has resulted in a run of notable wines with a difference. You are welcome to take advantage of the beautiful views whilst relaxing with a glass of wine on the verandah.

Barnesstore is nestled in the beautiful streetscape of historic Murrumburrah and serves its handmade food 7 days a week. Enjoy friendly service for a leisurely breakfast,yummy lunch, morning or afternoon tea. All served with local produce. Choose from an extensive selection of fine loose leaf teas served in a teapot and cup of your choice or relax drinking great coffee. Barnesstore is a great place to catch up with friends and family.

4100 Murringo Road, Young Ph: (02) 6382 6999 www.groveestate.com.au

356 Albury St, Murrumburrah Ph: (02) 6386 3316 www.barnesstore.com.au

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JUGIONG CELLARS AND GIFT SHOP

TRANDARI WINES

We have a fine wine shop supplying sort after wines from the Canberra, Hilltops and Tumbarrumba Wine Regions. Our gift store/ gallery stocks local produce including alpaca garments and Artworks.

Visitors, welcome to Trandari Wines. Award winning wines based on Organic Viticultural Practices. Regular wine tastings at the Taubman and Webb Trading Post in Murringo.

Riverside Drive, Jugiong Ph: (02) 6945 4239 www.jugiongcellars.com

340 Wirrimah Rd, Bendick Murrell Ph: (02) 6383 9262 www.trandariwines.com.au

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Medal winning wines offering a variety of styles, reflecting Hilltops grown grapes. Our cellar door allows one on one discussion with the winemaker about handcrafting grapes into great wines. Open 7 days.

Farming as nature intended. Premium grass-fed, pasture-raised lamb boxes, delivered to your door. Lambs lovingly raised on chemical free pastures - better for them, better for you.

1101 Olympic Hwy North, Young Ph: (02) 6382 2972 www.lindsayswine.com.au

71 Stoneridge Rd, Monteagle Ph: 0429 692 051

www.stoneridge71.com.au

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THE SIR GEORGE

WOMBAT CELLARS

Historic charm and ambiance abound in this 165 year old restored hotel. The perfect place to savour local produce and wood fired artisan breads baked on site at Bakers Lane Bread. Fire is our inspiration with steak from the charcoal Mibrasa oven a must have. Enjoy cold beer, local and international wines in our intimate bar spaces or a wee dram in the cosy whiskey lounge.

We are situated in Wombat next to the Wombat Hotel. Wombat Cellars sells the Grog Shed selection plus a wide selection of the grape wines from the Hilltops Region. This includes Grove Estate, Chalkers Crossing and Moppitty ( including Lock and Key). We are continually adding to this selection. We are open from 10am to 4 pm, Thursday to Sunday inclusive, but daily in cherry season.

Riverside Dr, Jugiong Ph: (02) 6935 3651 www.sirgeorge.com.au

1 Harden Rd, Wombat Ph: 0437 408 825

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PE A K H O U R T R A FFI C I N T H E H I L LTO P S REG I O N!

TRAILS Our Hilltops region offers a host of experiences to soothe after a busy working week, or stimulate the senses and the appetite.

With accommodation, food and wine to comfort and cosset, we’re a convenient and welcoming destination for those wanting fresh local produce, to explore history, to exercise, to enjoy the natural world or just to unwind. Pull out the chart on the reverse of this page to plan where you’ll go

and what to do as you explore our beautiful Hilltops Region. Treat yourself to the Hilltops food experience on the Hilltops Food and Wine Trail. Find a treasure on the Heritage and Antiques trail. Fill your lungs and stretch your legs on the Nature and Outdoors trail.

HILLTOPS REGIONAL WINE CELLAR The Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar is located within Young’s beautifully restored Railway Station and forms part of the Young Visitor Information Centre. It offers a comprehensive selection of Hilltops Wines; including award winning and boutique wineries from across the Hilltops Region; Moppity, Grove Estate, Ballinaclash, Trandari, Binbilla, Freeman’s, Lockwood, Lindsay’s Woodonga Hill, McWilliams Barwang and ‘I Cannot Tell a Lie’. The Wine Cellar is open 7-days a week except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

REGIONAL WINE CELLAR

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Nature &

OUTDOORS TRAIL Waterfalls, Panoramic Views and River Walks. 1 KOORAWATHA: This trail commences in the northern part of the region. The small village of Koorawatha is your gateway to the Koorawatha Falls and Koorowatha Nature Reserve - located in the Illunie Range. The area is favoured for bird watching, bush walking and family picnics. The waterfalls are at their best after rainfall – diminishing to a trickle after prolonged dry periods. Note, access to the Falls parking area is by 4-wheel drive vehicles only. A sturdy pair of walking shoes is recommended.

2 IANDRA CASTLE: The trail continues via the nearby village of Greenethorpe and onward to Iandra Castle, open to the public on well publicised days throughout the year.

TOUT’S LOOKOUT: Tout’s Lookout is an ideal vantage point to view the scenery along a dramatic rift valley. Morning sunrise can be particularly spectacular - especially during Canola season when the surrounding landscape is a patchwork of brilliant yellow paddocks. 3

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4 MURRINGO: The back roads to Boorowa takes you through the Murringo Gap and historic Murringo village. 5 BOOROWA: Once in Boorowa enjoy a walking trails along the Boorowa River. Keep an eye out for duckbilled platypus and Boorowa’s iconic Superb Parrot. Venture south towards Jugiong and the mighty Murrumbidgee via rolling countryside. 6 JUGIONG: Once in Jugiong enjoy seasonal Murray Cod and Trout fishing opportunities – ask a local for favoured fishing spots.

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Tantalise your tastebuds through the food, wine and local produce offerings of the Hilltops Region. 1 JUGIONG: Set on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, Jugiong is a popular rest stop for thousands of Sydney-Melbourne travellers; visit the country style café the Long Track Pantry, stock up on local wines at the Jugiong Wine Cellar or call into the recently restored, historic Sir George. 2 HARDEN: The Journey north towards Harden takes in the rolling countryside where you’ll find country pubs serving counter lunches and the popular Jackson’s Bakery, stop by for one of their famous meat pies. In historic Murrumburrah be sure to

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stop by the Muddy Duck for a Salted Caramel Muddy Shake. 3 WOMBAT: Moving north towards Young, you’ll drive past orchards and wineries. The Wombat area is home to many pick-your-own cherry orchards and farm gate stalls; complete with honesty box. These run north to Young. Don’t forget to pick up a delicious cherry pie at a local orchard or bakery.

YOUNG: No trip to Young is complete without sampling award winning coffee from Art of Espresso, winners of THREE gold medals at the Royal Sydney Fine 4

Food Show. Other popular cafes include Kettle & Grain housed in the old School house serving beautifully presented breakfasts and lunches and traditional favourites at Wilkies Café & Pantry located opposite the Town Hall. Don’t leave town without a visit to Poppa’s Fudge & Jam Factory. 5 BOOROWA: For a classic country, culinary experience Boorowa offers a range of traditional favourites including Devonshire tea at the Visitor Centre, Walsh’s Country Kitchen tomato relish toasty, fish and chips at the local cafés and off course the classic Chinese, Bakery and Pub experience. Whilst stopping and smell the roses take the opportunity to experience the history, old wares and the local handmade crafts.

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craft stores which can be found in the historic main street. You can learn more about Boorowa’s Fascination Irish History on the Town’s Shamrock Trail heritage walk.

Taubman & Webb Trading Post - a museum and tribute centre to the late bushman & whip maker, Syd Bayliss, and to Richard Taubman who has kept his trades and stories alive for over 30 years.

2 MURRINGO: Take the road west towards Young and stop off half way at the historic village of Murringo. Home to Coronation Collectables – a treat for antique enthusiasts and the

3 KOORAWATHA: At the northern edge of the region lies the village of Koorawatha, the site of a notable 1860s gun battle between Ben Hall’s gang of bushrangers and the police at the Bang Bang Hotel. Close to the railway crossing you’ll find Forgotten Times a small antiques business open on weekends and public holidays. 4 YOUNG: Follow the Murringo Road to historic and busy town of Young. Young was founded during the gold rush of the 1860’s when it was known as Lambing Flat. Enjoy several craft shops along Boorowa Street, fine examples of colonial and federation architecture and several town walks which shine a light on the history of Young and the wider region.

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Harden’s main retail precinct centres on its beautifully restored main street; stop by Harden Antiques on Neill Street and the gorgeous Botanica Romantica, fun vintage, garden and gift boutique open 7 days!

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In June 1861, local landowner James Roberts and his wife Elizabeth provided shelter and food for 1,276 fearful Chinese for two rain sodden weeks at his property at ‘Currawong’ after the a race riot on the Lambing Flat gold fields. Some Chinese stayed under Roberts’ protection at ‘Currawong’ for up to a month, until it was safe to return to the diggings.

Young’s first Cherry trees were planted in 1862 and they were the foundation of an industry which has brought the region fame and fortune as the Cherry Capital of Australia. Towards the end of the 19th century Croatian migrants from Split and the Dalmatian coast planted cherries on an industrial scale. Many of the orchards around Young and Wombat still bear the names of these Croatian pioneers – including Jasprizza, Batinich and Cunich.

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CHERRIES are the last fruit to blossom, usually mid to late September, but the first to fruit – normally from the beginning of November all the way to Christmas. This is weather dependent.

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Young was the first town in the Southern Hemisphere to connect electricity to homes.

LIGHT HORSE MEMORIAL The Light Horse Memorial commemorates the birthplace of the First Australian Light Horse at Murrumburrah in 1897. Bronze sculptures of Corporal William Bradford of the First Australian Light Horse, the ‘Retreat at Romani’ with horse, ‘Bill the Bastard’ carrying five men, and a diorama of Beersheba by Murrumburrah sculptor Carl Valerius, granite blocks, nearby is a wall of remembrance and a number of commemorative plaques are set in a garden near Murrimboola Creek.

HILLTOPS IS RAPIDLY EMERGING AS ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING VITICULTURAL REGIONS IN AUSTRALIA. THE HIGH ALTITUDE, COUPLED WITH THE DRY SUMMER AND AUTUMN, PROVIDES EXCELLENT RIPENING CONDITIONS. THE REGION IS HOME TO 5 CELLAR DOORS. A COMPLETE SELECTION OF WINES FROM ALL THE REGION’S WINERIES CAN BE FOUND AT THE HILLTOPS REGIONAL WINE CELLAR AT THE YOUNG VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE.


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ORCHARDS & pick your own Hilltops Region orchards and berry farms offer the opportunity to “pick your own”. The scent of the fruit in the warm sun will entice you, and you’ll take home a delicious reward for your efforts. The Hilltops Region’s climate and rich soils provide all the essentials required for the growing and ripening of stone fruits. While cherries are the main fruit produced in the region, we grow plums, peaches, nectarines, apricots, figs and olives. Our trees produce ripening fruit throughout summer. The cherry is the last tree to bloom, which typically happens in late September, and yet the first tree to fruit. From November, through to Christmas (weather dependant), cherries are ripening. With the option of picking your own or purchasing the glowing ruby spheres from farm gate stalls, you’ll soon be enjoying this fine fruit. The climax of the cherry season occurs in the first full weekend of December, at the National Cherry Festival in Young. This traditional event showcases the landscape and story of Young’s emblematic fruit. With memorable moment, such as the

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Cherry Pie Eating Contest, the Cherry Pip Spit and the Festival Street Parade involving all the locals, this is a fun event on the Hilltops’ annual calendar. Our stone fruits usually ripen from December through to February, offering the opportunity to taste and pick on visits all through the summer months. With plums, peaches, nectarine and apricots packed-full of flavour, travellers can go straight to source in the Hilltops Region. Fruit picking is a great outdoor activity for families. Children can happily get their hands dirty and together the family can enjoy the fruit of their efforts at an orchard-side picnic. A host of orchards surrounding Young and throughout the Hilltops Region give families from far and wide the opportunity to enjoy the cherry and stone-fruit season. Wandering amongst trees heavy with lustrous cherries and blushing peaches and

apricots, and carefully hand-picking the fruit to eat fresh or to make home-made jams and preserves, captivates travellers to the region at this abundant time of year. For those who haven’t time to pick, cherries and stone fruits are readily available for purchase at our farm gate stalls, around Young and the nearby villages of Wombat and Kingsvale. With the promise of the freshest fruit to enjoy as you explore the region, or to take home and add to a familyfavourite recipe, the fruit harvest season is a wonderful time to visit the Hilltops Region.

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AT DINNER WHILE BEING INTERVIEWED FOR HIS FELLOWSHIP AT CHRIST’S COLLEGE CAMBRIDGE, THE SCIENTIST, AND NOVELIST C.P. SNOW, WAS OFFERED A SLICE OF CHERRY PIE. ASSUMING THIS WAS A TEST OF HIS TABLE MANNERS, AND UNSURE OF THE CORRECT MANNER OF DISPOSAL OF THE PIPS, SNOW SWALLOWED THEM. THESE DAYS IT IS GOOD MANNERS TO SERVE A ‘PIPLESS’ PIE.

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ME THOD 1. Choose your own shortcrust pastry, sweet or plain. 2. Butter the dish, and roll out sufficient pastry to sit above the rim. Combine the filling, which will be moist, the pastry is to absorb the cherry juice, so roll to about half a centimetre thick. 3. Set aside for 15 minutes to give the pastry time to shrink. Set the oven to 180-200 degrees’ Celsius. Add the cherries.

WILLAYOUNG ORCHARD Specialising in tree-ripened fruit, shed door sales of apricots, cherries, peaches, nectarines, plums, figs, grapes, jams, honey. 3 kms from Young, over 90 varieties. Open late November-April.

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5. Put into the oven and bake: You will know when the tart is ready (up to 30-40 minutes depending on your oven) when the cream is almost set and the pastry edges golden brown. If the edges seem to be browning too fast reduce the temperature.

FAIRFIELD’S ORCHARD PTY LTD

HILL LOCK ORCHARD

Not just cherries, strawberries and Figs... If we grow it, We cook it! Cakes, muffins and fruit cakes. Cherry, apple, strawberry and seasonal pies. Fruit Icecreams and frozen Yoghurts.

Pick your own cherries, strawberries and vegetables from the orchard. 15 varieties with excellent flavour to choose from. Enjoy a day sight-seeing our free range of animals including; peacocks, chickens, ducks, kangaroos & more!

3923 Olympic Highway, Young Ph: (02) 6384 3403 www.eastlakes.net

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4. Beat the egg yolk into the cream, add the liqueur and pour over the cherries.

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Dress to pick: wear comfortable, enclosed and flat shoes.

Bring the essentials: hat, sunscreen, bottled water and insect repellent.

Get the technique right: cherry picking is easy. Carefully twist the stalk and the base of the cherry with your thumb and index finger until it comes away from the tree cleanly. Don’t pull the fruit off the stalks.

A little taste-test is A-OK: taste-testing in moderation is allowed, but beware of over-indulgence, it may lead to cherry belly.

Ripe is right: only pick the ripe cherries. Cherries will only ripen whilst on the tree so be sure to leave the unripe ones behind.

Pick and pay: you pay for the cherries you pick by the kilo.

Orchardists will give you a bucket for your fresh cherries. Buckets usually hold a couple of kilos when full. Buckets supplied are often lined with a fruit box liner to make it easy to transfer your cherries to a box and take home with you.

Freshness: keep your cherries in a cool place and put them in the fridge as soon as you can.

Respect the trees: be careful not to snap branches when picking. Not only will it upset the orchardist, but it will also damage the tree and affect next year’s harvest.

MAIN RANGE ORCHARD There’s nothing that says Summer more than fresh, juicy, red, sweet, local cherries . If you love eating lots of cherries, a fun way to get them is to pick your own, this is a great outdoor activity for the family to enjoy together. Our pick-your-own experience is something not to be missed and you are also more than welcome to drop in to buy boxed cherries. Our property is easily accessible for you to pick. During the season we are open from 8.00am to 5.00pm daily. 831 Boundary Rd, Wombat Ph: 0403 708 144 www.mainrangeorchard.com.au

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ALLAMBIE ORCHARD & CAFE A family- owned 60 acre orchard in the historic goldfield village of Wombat 12km south of Young, specialising in the Pick Your Own experience. We have mainly cherries ( many varieties), strawberries, and in 2017, raspberries. The cafe overlooks our beautiful dam serving our own handmade cherry pie and hot coffee as well as other delights on the day. Jams, local honey, produce, and gift items . Clean toilets. Plenty of parking. Coaches welcome. 3725 Olympic Highway, Wombat Ph: 0418 462 821 www.allambieorchard.com

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HALL FAMILY ORCHARDS VALLEY FRESH CHERRIES & STONEFRUITS Cherries available from mid November to the end of December. Plums & Prunes from mid January to April. All fruit is hand picked and processed on site through their very own packing shed.

We offer the unique opportunity to “Pick Your Own” premium quality cherries or purchase prepacked 1kg, 2kg or 5kg cherries from our newly built farm gate shop. Our orchard is immaculate and only the best cherry varieties are offered based on their firmness, flavour and size. Each variety is tested by the family to pass the test and only then do we offer it to you. Coaches welcome – bookings preferred.

4179 Olympic Highway South, Young Ph: 0407 206 887 www.valleyfreshcherries.com.au

Ellerslee Rd, Wombat Ph: 0427 843 362 www.facebook.com/hallfamilyorchards

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Boasting a diverse range of retailers, from charming boutiques to well-known favourites, homewares, beauty and more, the Hilltops Region has all the ingredients for the quintessential girls’ weekend away.

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The Hilltops Region is a great shopping escape. Plan for beauty treatments in the care of experts, or try a new hairstyle or colour. After a coffee or lunch at a nearby eaterie, look for a new outfit to set off your new look. Try Young’s Wool Room, bringing knitters together, babywear to please, and fashion for Mums.

With plenty of parking space you don’t have to worry about running out of time. Pop your parcels in the car, and under shady verandahs along our wide streets, find homewares and craft shops. At the end of the escape, return home and surprise your family and friends.

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SARAH JANE COUNTRY CRAFT

Quality gifts, including authentic Australian Opals & Sapphires. Beautiful crystals, fairy-gardens, fairies, dragons, buddha, books, incense, jewellery, soaps, candles and Collector Swords & knives. Friendly service.

Sarah Jane Country Craft offers a range of quality handmade craft items to give your home a country touch.We also stock patterns from Australian Designers plus craft accessories.

114 Boorowa St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 6522

‘Wyora’ 825 Frogmore Rd, Frogmore Ph: (02) 6385 6223 www.sarahjanecountrycraft.com

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COUNTRY BREWER

Make your own beer, wine, spirits and liqueurs, as well as sausages, jerky & bacon, roasted coffee beans, and smoked & preserved foods.

Wander the picturesque main streets of Young, Harden and Boorowa and enjoy a vast range of boutiques and shops with intermittent café and bakery stops along the way.

45 Cloete St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 3178 www.countrybrewer.com.au

Discover the best antiques in the region on the Hilltops Antique Trail. A liftout map can be found in the centre of this guide Find the perfect gift for that next birthday party at one of the Hilltops Region’s many homewares and gift shops.

CORONATION COLLECTABLES We are retailers of general antiques and collectables, specialising in affordable Art Deco, Art Nouveau and Mid-Century original lighting and accessories. Open Friday to Monday 10am-4pm.

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THE BRINGARUM ALPACA STUD AND SHOP An alpaca farm and retail shop in the heart of Harden-Murrumburrah. With a variety of Australian and international alpaca garments, our emphasis is on the highest quality alpaca garments with lasting style. Contact Amanda or Jess for enquiries. Map. D7

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BRUCE’S MENSLAND Quality mens clothing for all ages, from casual to formal. Great ranges of summer polos & shorts, winter knit wear, fleece tops & bottoms, to more formal suiting. Suit hire and accessories available 152 Boorowa St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 6762 bgmango@bigpond.com

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ANNIE B’S FULL HOUSE BOTANICA ROMANTICA Botanica Romantica is a petite vintage, garden and gift boutique awaiting your discovery! It’s an absolute must-do for treasure hunters, simply brimming with interesting goodies, beautiful plants and desirable giftware.

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Annie B’s Full House has been owned by Annie and Gerald Bassingthwaighte for over 12 years. The store is on the sunny side of the street near the NAB. This giftware and kitchen shop stocks Glasshouse candles and products, MOR Marshmallow products and is the sole stockist of Maxwell & Williams in Young. Scanpan, Le Chasseur, Zyliss and Avanti are some of the kitchen lines. Gift wrapping available. Open 7 Days. 102 Boorowa St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 5970 www.anniebsyoung.com.au

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Olive & Clover provides shoppers with an eclectic mix of unique, sophisticated and affordable women’s fashion, accessories and homewares. Prue had always loved shopping and finding those items that were a little bit different. After frequently being asked by family and friends “where did you get that?”, she started Olive & Clover as an online store in her back room at home, located between Harden and Jugiong. After outgrowing her home-base and a new shopfront in Harden, Olive & Clover opened in Young’s vibrant main street where it remains today, going the extra

mile for customers by offering advice on how each piece can be worn, styled and enjoyed. Olive & Clover is full of individual one-off items that are paired alongside brands such as Binny, Eva’s Sunday, M. A. Dainty, Saint James, James Jeans, The Hip Tee, Mandalay Designs and many more. Customers will travel from throughout the region and beyond after admiring the range on Olive & Clover’s social media, appreciating Prue’s gift of curating an eclectic mix of clothes and accessories.

INSTAGRAM - @OLIVEANDCLOVER FACEBOOK - OLIVE & CLOVER

PRUE HUFTON FOUNDER OF OLIVE & CLOVER

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OLIVE & CLOVER Olive & Clover aims to provide you with an eclectic mix of unique, sophisticated and affordable women’s fashion, accessories and home wares. Focusing on outstanding customer service Olive & Clover offers you styling advice, and aims to show you how each piece can be worn, styled and enjoyed. Loaded with individual ‘one - off’ items paired along side brands such as Binny, Eva’s Sunday, M. A. Dainty, Saint James, Bonnie & Neil, Stevie May and James Jeans. Mixed in with statement jewellery sourced from around the world, Olive & Clover has carefully curated a collection of individual, exciting and affordable pieces that you will love to own and wear with pride. Shopping at Olive & Clover will leave everyone gasping ....”ooh, I wonder where she got that?”

186 Boorowa St, Young Ph: 0474 545 268 www.oliveandclover.com.au Map. O5

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ARTS & culture Talented locals and visiting artists often perform in our halls and clubs. Our Craftspeople offer many delightful opportunities for the curious visitor. The Young and Boorowa Visitor Information Centres are useful early stop journeys through our Hilltops Region. Gather information and updates from enthusiastic locals to expand your itinerary. Take some time to admire the traditional galleries in each of these historic buildings, showcasing work from local talents. The Hilltops Region is home to skilled musicians and budding lovers of music training at Young Regional School of Music. The remarkable Wong Family perform throughout the region, with other classical jazz and pop musicians who have made their home with us. The Young Town Band performs at many events: it’s one of the oldest

music groups in Australia, having a history of more than a hundred years. We’re very proud of Young’s Sami Cooke, who has performed more than one hundred shows in Australia and taken her tours to New Zealand and Canada for her own solo tours. World famous trumpeter James Morrison, born in Boorowa, returns to the district to delight us on occasion and so does Louise Callinan, who grew up in Young and now sings with the Paris Opera. Driven and operated by a committed group of volunteers The Southern Cross Cinema in Young, in a former Church Hall, shows the latest blockbusters and an art house program as well as staging live performances. The complex also

features exhibitions and workshops. Local Swimming pools have summertime screenings after dark.

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Visit the local galleries located within the Young and Boorowa Visitor Information Centres.

Catch the latest film at the Southern Cross Cinema in Young.

Enjoy the traditional country delights at the Murrumburrah WhichCraft and Coffee Cottage.

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From picturesque farm stays to charming Bed and Breakfasts, comfy motels and hotels, convenient campsites and self-catering furnished cottages, the Hilltops Region has a style of accommodation to suit every taste and pocket. From those wanting to unwind and relax, to those seeking adventure and discovery, every visitor needs accommodation suited to their style, and budget. Our hotels and motels promise refreshing comfort and a warm but unobtrusive welcome and our visitors return to The Harden Country Motel,

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Jugiong Motor Inn and Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn, to name only a few.

Country Retreat and Wantana Farm Stay will delight visitors.

For those travelling with tents and RVs, the Inland Waters Holiday Parks – Wyangala, Boorowa Caravan Park, Young Tourist Park and Harden Caravan Park are economical and well serviced.

On the south-west slopes of New South Wales, the location of the Hilltops Region makes it an excellent base from which to explore Southern New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory. We have accommodation 90 minutes from Canberra, or 100 minutes from Goulburn.

St Clement’s Retreat offers an unusual and atmospheric experience, Colenso

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St Clement’s is a retreat and conference centre established on the site of a historic monastery that sits amidst more than 300 hectares of undulating rural land near the village of Galong. The tradition of hospitality in Galong extends back to the late 1820s when Irish transportee Ned Ryan settled in the region. As his wealth grew, so too did his generosity to the rich and

poor alike. He erected this pioneering homestead in 1850. The property came from the Ryan family to the Redemptorist Congregation, which established it as the St Clement’s Monastery and Minor Seminary in 1918. Today St Clement’s offers the attractive combination of a serene pastoral environment and historic architecture with

modern meeting facilities, comfortable accommodation and country-style dining.

“TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME WHILST ENJOYING THE MIX OF THE OLD AND THE NEW AT ST CLEMENTS.”

MANAGER: ST CLEMENTS RETREAT

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ST CLEMENT’S REDEMPTORIST MONASTERY RETREAT AND CONFERENCE CENTRE Where peace and serenity meet. On the picturesque south-west slopes of NSW. Only an hour from Canberra and 3 ½ hours from Sydney. Close to rail and bus links. Specialising in conferences and retreats for up to 100 people. Beautiful venue for weddings. Ideal overnight stop for bus tours to Canberra and surrounds. Tours of historic Galong “Castle” and Museum. Popular destination for artists, cultural, craft and historical groups. For information and bookings email info@stclement.com.au.

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AVONDALE PARK BOARDING KENNELS & CATTERY

CHERRY BLOSSOM MOTEL

Caring for your pet in safe, secure, sheltered surrounds. Competitive Prices.

Having just undergone a major refurbishment of all rooms from top to bottom, Cherry Blossom Motel now secures itself as the premier motel in Young. Complimentary Breakfast Included Daily.

Inspections welcome. M: 0428 853 348 E: avondalepark2@gmail.com 100 Strathmore Ln, Boorowa Ph: (02) 6385 3348

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WANTANA COTTAGE FARMSTAY

JUGIONG MOTOR INN

Relax, unwind and enjoy this 3 bedroom self-contained cottage just outside Boorowa. Located on a working sheep farm with spectacular views and reverse cycle air conditioning. Sleeps 8, minimum 1 night stay. Pet friendly. For bookings contact Sharee & Bill. www.stayz.com.au

Jugiong Inn the ideal pet friendly stopover between Newcastle and Melbourne. Set on 5 acres of landscaped garden just two kilometres off the Hume Highway. Eighteen fresh sunny ground floor rooms open onto a large shady grassed courtyard with our friendly licensed bar and restaurant serving quality country inspired meals open 7 nights/week.

854 Rugby Rd, Boorowa Ph: 0427 200 981 wantana@bigpond.com

Lot 1 Riverside Drive, Jugiong Ph: (02) 6945 4269 www.facebook.com/JugiongMotorInn

REAVESDALE COTTAGE Enjoy a relaxing stay with stunning country views. This self-contained country retreat has 2 bedrooms, linen, and reverse cycle air-conditioning. Ideal for a quiet country stay and visiting the many attractions of Young. 21 Swamp Rd, Murringo Ph: (02) 6384 6428 ianandloris@gmail.com

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BOOROWA HOTEL TOWN HOUSE MOTOR INN

Accommodation. Great Cafe, Restaurant, Bars. Family atmosphere. Functions, Catering.

Town House Motor Inn offers accommodation with air conditioning, free parking spaces & free WiFi access to most rooms. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, electric kettle, microwave, toaster and a mini fridge.

Mobile: 0408 986 727 Email: boorowa.pub@gmail.com

23 Zouch St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 1366 www.thmi.com.au

37 Marsden St, Boorowa Ph: (02) 6385 3000 www.boorowahotel.com.au

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CARRINGTON HOTEL

Your perfect country break, two beautiful cottages on a farm near Harden, Young and Boorowa. Less than 1.5 hours from Canberra and only 3.5 hours from Sydney. Both cottages are self catering, pet friendly country accommodation. ‘The Retreat’ sleeps eight and ‘Walker’s’ sleeping four. Both with wonderful enclosed deck areas. Catering can be provided to your door by “Rosie Bakes For You”. Check our web site for details for your next getaway.

The Carrington Hotel is a fully licensed, excellent option for accommodation with hotel rooms, & one self contained three bedroom flat. All rooms have TV, quality bedding, common room with full facilities, & breakfast is available on request. Prices start at $50 per room per night, with long term stay arrangements available from $180 per week per person. There is a courtesy bus available for patron pick up and drop off, local tours can be arranged.

Colenso Rd, Galong Ph: 0427 770 697 www.colensocountryretreat.com.au

1 Neill St, Harden (cnr Neill & Station St) Ph: 0418 886 944 tcallaway@tcapl.com.au

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HARDEN CARAVAN PARK

Stay at this charming Young motel, located on the southern outskirts of town, in a quiet, picturesque garden setting adjacent to cherry orchards and close to wineries.

Facilities include sites suitable for caravans or camping; Cabins, 17 Powered sites and an ensuite cabin. The park is situated beside Harden’s swimming pool and a short walk to Harden CBD.

4662 Olympic Hwy, Young Ph: (02) 6382 3300

Albury Street, Harden Ph: (02) 6386 0180 harden@hilltops.nsw.gov.au

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INLAND WATERS HOLIDAY PARKS Our inland parks offer amazing locations with unique experiences including boating, water sports, fresh-water fishing and a chance to reconnect with nature. Choose from two great parks: Grabine Lakeside Holiday Park - 02 4835 2345 Wyangala Holiday Park - 02 6345 0877 www.inlandwaters.com.au

YOUNG TOURIST PARK BOOROWA CARAVAN PARK Come and enjoy a tranquil visit at the Boorowa Caravan Park in quiet, shady location beside the Boorowa River. Motorhomes welcome, dump site located beside the caravan park. Animals welcome. Two on site cabins for up to 4 people. Powered and unpowered sites. 93-95 Brial St, Boorowa Ph: (02) 6385 3658

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Close to centre of town with great rates and choice of cabins to choose from. Caravan and camping sites. Most caravan sites have slabs but the few that don’t are well grassed. Great en suite drive through sites. Good camp kitchen. Two BBQ areas to choose from. A range of facilities including pool makes your stay enjoyable. Pet friendly (Not in cabins). 17 Edwards St, Young Ph: (02) 6382 2190 youngtouristpark@gmail.com

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HARDEN COUNTRY MOTEL Harden Country Motel is a 23 room motel where our guests receive country hospitality. We have a variety of different rooms to suit most needs including family suites and wheelchair friendly rooms. All our rooms are either new or have been recently refurbished. The motel has a multipurpose breakfast room. It is a short walk to the town’s facilities including the station where trains from both Sydney and Melbourne stop daily. The local pool , playground and skate park are also within a few minutes walk. Coaches are welcome and we have off street parking. There is a BBQ area in a garden setting. Pets welcome in vehicles and trailers but not allowed in motel rooms.

For country hospitality 42-50 Albury St, Harden Ph: (02) 6386 2377 www.hardenmotel.com.au Map. Y9

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When visiting the Hilltops, we encourage you to explore the surrounding towns and villages that make up the wider region.

GOULBURN

People — Our locals provide an authentic insight into the lives that drive the region. Chat to one of our local producers, business owners or residents and experience the region as they know it. Place — With its close proximity to Canberra, the Tablelands is easily accessible and our towns and villages

Bungendore & Braidwood

Experience the diversity of Queanbeyan and the historic villages of Bungendore and Braidwood.

Produce — The food, wine and natural handmade products in the region are world class. From farm fresh produce, to restaurants, cafes, vineyards and cellar doors, the Tablelands boasts a feast of impressive quality produce.

As Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn is a regional rural centre incredibly rich in heritage and natural beauty. Goulburn, once known mainly for its Big Merino, has fast become a thriving regional centre with natural beauty, impressive art and history, great food and fantastic wine.

Spring Event Series, including SPYfest where Goulburn becomes the epicentre of espionage. Our beautiful rose gardens are best seen in March for the Annual Rose Festival.

Whether it’s a short break or a longer holiday you’re looking for, you’ll find plenty of things to see and do in Goulburn. Don’t miss the Australian Blues Music Festival held on the second weekend of February or the

From spring to autumn the city is saturated in colour. Find something special to remember your trip at one of the many regular markets full of fresh country produce, local art and craft, bric-a-brac and unique handmade items.

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QUEANBEYAN

provide connections to the sense of place waiting to be explored.

Nestled on the NSW/ACT border and only 10km from Canberra CBD, Queanbeyan is a culturally diverse regional city with large shopping outlets and known for its strong arts community including The Q Performing Arts Centre. Described as country living with city benefits, Queanbeyan is host to numerous affordable hotels and motels with easy access to the undulated countryside and bushland of the Heritage Listed Braidwood (est 1839) and Bungendore (est 1837).

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Rich in history, with an impressive art scene and extensive calendar of events, your Yass Valley adventure awaits.

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Escape to Yass Valley where you can immerse yourself in real country experiences without venturing too far from the city. Be welcomed by locals when visiting award winning restaurants and cellar doors, retail stores and galleries, where you will have the opportunity to experience life as we live it, each and every day. From a bushrangers grave in Binalong, a famous poet’s hangout in Bowning, an underground wonderland in Wee Jasper, to watersports on Lake Burrinjuck, Yass Valley is a place where you can discover the real Australia. Stop by explorer Hamilton Hume’s home ‘Cooma Cottage’ in Yass, before tracing his steps as part of your very own adventure through our beautiful landscape. With an impressive food and wine scene, Yass Valley is the place to experience farm fresh produce and award winning local wines Chat with passionate winemakers about their latest vintage, or sit back and relax in one of our many restaurants and cafes. Whatever you choose, you will leave wanting more.

CROOKWELL Region

C L O N A K I L L A W I N E S, M U RRU M B AT EM A N

Snow dusted winters and mild sunny summers, the Crookwell region offers warm and welcoming country hospitality. Welcome to the Upper Lachlan - the Shire of Villages located high on the great dividing range between Sydney and Melbourne and just north of Canberra, the nation’s capital. Take the time to explore the great diversity of the region from the underground wonders of Wombeyan Caves to the outdoor adventures of Lake Wyangala, from stories of pioneering and bushranging to the creation of world class produce. This is a region with stories to tell, beautiful vistas to behold and a warm country reception to be enjoyed – the townships of Crookwell, Gunning and Taralga and the surrounding villages offer a diversity of landscapes, local characters and high quality produce ranging from succulent berries to prime lamb, full bodied pinot noir to perfumed lavender and much more.

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Boorowa Historical Society

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Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door

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Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Garden

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02 6382 3394

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Poppas Fudge & Jam Factory

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02 6382 2200

www.bluestill.com.au

Charlie Arnott Grass Fed Beef

810 Brial Rd

Boorowa

02 6385 3217

www.charliearnott.com.au

19

Grove Estate Wines

4100 Murringo Rd

Young

02 6382 6999

www.groveestate.com.au

20

Hilltops Honey

PO Box 1234

Young

0429 405 889

www.hilltopshoney.com.au

19

Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar

Railway Station, Lovell St

Young

02 6382 3394

www.visithilltopsregion.com.au

21

Hilltops Wine Tours

Young

0439 284 879

www.hilltopswinetours.com.au

19

Jugiong Wine Cellar

Riverside Drive

Jugiong

02 6945 4239

www.jugiongcellars.com

20

Kettle and Grain

2 Campbell St

Young

0497 247 246

www.kettleandgrain.com

19

Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery

1101 Olympic Hwy

Young

02 6382 2972

www.lindsayswine.com.au

20

Long Track Pantry

Riverside Drive

Jugiong

02 6945 4144

www.longtrackpantry.com.au

19

Stoneridge 71

71 Stoneridge Rd

Monteagle

0429 692 051

www.stoneridge71.com.au

20

The Muddy Duck Café

344 Albury St

Murrumburrah

0407 681 915

www.themuddyduck.com.au

19

The Pastors’ Pleasures

48 Darby St

Murrumburrah

0428 280 974

kerrieprovan@gmail.com

The Sir George

Riverside Drive

Jugiong

0419 098 828

www.sirgeorge.com.au

20

Trandari Wines

340 Wirrimah Rd

Bendick Murrell

02 6383 9262

www.trandariwines.com.au

20

Wilders Bakery

207 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 1275

www.wilders.com.au

Wilkies Cottage Café Pantry

196 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 4253

www.facebook.com/WilkiesCottageCafe

19

Wombat Cellars

1 Harden Rd

Wombat

0437 408 825

www.wombatcellar.com.au - Coming soon

20

ORCHARDS & PICK YOUR OWN BUSINESS NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN

PHONE

WEB

PG

Allambie Orchard

3725 Olympic Hwy

Wombat

0418 462 821

www.allambieorchard.com

27

Fairfields Orchard

3923 Olympic Hwy

Young

02 6384 3403

www.eastlakes.net

26

Hall Family Orchards

Ellerslee Rd

Wombat

0427 843 362

www.hallfamilyorchards.com.au

27

Hill-Lock Orchard

78 Racecreek Rd

Wombat

0439 947 727

hill-lock-orchard@hotmail.com

26

Main Range Orchard

831 Boundary Rd

Wombat

0403 708 144

www.mainrangeorchard.com.au

27

Valley Fresh Cherries & Stonefruit

4179 Olympic Hwy

Young

0407 206 887

www.valleyfreshcherries.com.au

27

Willayoung Orchard

191 Willawong St

Young

02 6382 2910

www.fruitwithflavour.com.au

26

PG

NATURE & OUTDOORS BUSINESS NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN

PHONE

WEB

Weddin Mountains National Park

88 Main St

Grenfell

02 6343 2059

www.grenfell.org.au

13


RETAIL BUSINESS NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN

PHONE

WEB

Annie B’s Fullhouse

102 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 5970

www.anniebsyoung.com.au

PG 29

Botanic Romantica

46 Neill St

Harden

0410 774 831

www.botanicaromantica.com.au

29

Bringarum Alpaca

48 Burley Griffith Way

Murrumburrah

0418 214 704

www.bringarumalpacas.com.au

29

Bruce’s Mensland

152 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 6762

bgmango@bigpond.com

29

Coronation Collectables

2244 Murringo Rd

Murringo

02 6384 6218

www.oldlights.com.au

29

Country Brewer

45 Cloete St

Young

02 6382 3648

www.countrybrewer.com.au

29

E.B. Batinich & Co

4001 Olympic Hwy

Young

0409 912 592

fruitbats@bigpond.com

Finishing Touch Décor Young

142 Boorowa St

Young

0419 502 506

ftdy142@outlook.com

Full Moon Magic

114 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 6522

fullmoonyoung@hotmail.com

Gladys and Edna

170 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 6715

katrinahudson@bigpond.com

Harden’s House of Honey

330 Albury St

Murrumburrah

02 6386 5325

houseofhoney07@gmail.com

Melllross Homes

4/326 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 5350

www.mellrosshomes.com.au

28

Olive & Clover

186 Boorowa St

Young

0428 471 420

www.oliveandclover.com.au

30

Sarah Jane Country Craft

825 Frogmore Rd

Frogmore

02 6385 6223

www.sarahjanecountrycraft.com

28

The Loft Fashion House

144 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 1533

lofthelen@outlook.com

Young Eyes Optometrist

178 Boorowa St

Young

02 6382 4000

info@youngeyes.com.au

ACCOMMODATION BUSINESS NAME

ADDRESS

TOWN

PHONE

WEB

PG

Avondale Park Boarding Kennels & Cattery

100 Strathmore Lane

Boorowa

02 6385 3348

avondalepark2@gmail.com

33

Boorowa Caravan Park

93-95 Brial St

Boorowa

02 6385 3658

boorowacvp@hilltops.nsw.gov.au

35

Boorowa Hotel

37 Marsden St

Boorowa

02 6385 3000

www.boorowahotel.com.au

34

Carrington Hotel

1 Neill St

Harden

02 6386 4574

www.carrington-harden.com.au

34

Cherry Blossom Motel

19 Zouch St

Young

02 6382 1699

www.cherryblossommotel.com.au

33

Colenso Country Retreat

Colenso Rd

Galong

0427 770 697

www.colensocountryretreat.com.au

34

Colonial Motel

12 Zouch St

Young

02 6382 2822

www.colonialmotelyoung.com.au

Edwards House

61 Edwards St

Young

0429 655 811

www.edwardshouseyoung.com

Federation Motor Inn

109-119 Main St

Young

02 6382 5644

www.youngfederation.com.au

Goldrush Motel

6 Campbell St

Young

02 6382 3444

www.goldrushmotel.net.au

Harden Caravan Park

Albury St

Harden

02 6386 0180

harden@hilltops.nsw.gov.au

35

Harden Country Motel

42/50 Albury St

Harden

02 6386 2377

www.hardenmotel.com.au

35

Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn

4662 Olympic Hwy

Young

02 6382 3300

www.hilltopsretreatyoung.com.au

35

Inland Waters Holiday Parks

2891 Reg Hailstone Way

Wyangala

02 6345 0877

www.inlandwaters.com.au

35

Jugiong Motor Inn

Riverside Drive

Jugiong

02 6945 4269

www.jugiongmotorinn.webs.com

34

Reavesdale Cottage

21 Swamp Rd

Murringo

02 6384 6428

ianandloris@gmail.com

34

St Clements Retreat and Conference Centre

Kalangan Rd

Galong

02 6380 5222

www.stclement.com.au

33

Town House Motor Inn

23 Zouch St

Young

02 6382 1366

www.thmi.com.au

34

Wantana Cottage Farmstay

854 Rugby Rd

Boorowa

0427 200 981

wantana@bigpond.com

34

Young Garden Retreat

55 Yass St

Young

02 6382 3736

www.younggardenretreat.com

Young Tourist Park

17 Edwards St

Young

02 6382 2190

www.youngcaravanpark.com.au

35

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INFORMATION CENTRES

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YOUNG

BOOROWA

visithilltopsregion.com.au vic@hilltops.nsw.gov.au Railway Station, Lovell St, Young NSW 2594 (02) 6382 3394

visithilltopsregion.com.au vic@hilltops.nsw.gov.au Old Court House Building, Marsden St, Boorowa NSW 2586 (02) 6385 3885

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Hilltops Region Visitor Guide  

The Hilltops region, in the rolling hills of South West New South Wales, yields some of Australia’s finest food and wine. Through wide open...

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