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Yass

South Eastern

Yass Valley is renowned for its wool, waterways and wine and is in easy reach of Canberra.

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Location

Yass is located about 280 km (3 hr drive) south-west of Sydney and 60 km from Canberra (50 min drive).

 The Yass Valley area produces an abundance of cool-climate produce and is a celebrated food and wine destination. The Yass River, which is a tributary of the Murrumbidgee River, flows past the town.

 

How to get there

The nearest airport is in Canberra (60 min drive). Flights are available to most capital cities and some international destinations.

Train services run from Sydney to Yass. Coach services and school buses run between Yass and Canberra. Yass also has a local bus service.

Population

Yass is home to 5500 people, the median age of residents is 41 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 4.4% of the population.

Yass is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Yass Health Service is a 10 bed community hospital with a comprehensive community health service. It has three emergency beds and a medical imaging department.

The nearest major public and private hospitals are in Canberra (50 drive).

There is an NSW Ambulance Service station in Yass.

Accredited GP practices

  • Atherfield Medical Service

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Yass are: central government administration, aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, primary education and takeaway food services.
  • Education

Yass has three primary schools and a high school: Yass Public School (K-6), Berinba Public School (K-6), Mount Carmel School (K-6) and Yass High School (7-12). School buses run between Yass and private schools in Canberra.  
  • Childcare

For young families, Yass has offers a range of pre-school, day care, before and after school, early learning and Montessori services.
  • Shopping

Yass is home to a range of clothing, accessories, homewares, sporting and antiques stores, a deli, butchers, newsagency, Country Target and Home Timber and Hardware. There are three supermarkets - Woolworths, Aldi and IGA.  
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship in Yass including Christian, Apostolic, Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temples and mosques are located in Canberra (50 min away).
  • Points of interest

Yass Valley is home to around 20 wineries, most with cellar doors. The town has numerous coffee shops, cafes, pubs, clubs and award-winning restaurants. There are also second hand and antique stores to explore. Annual events include: Yass Picnic RacesSculpture in the Paddock and Yass Show.
  • Sporting activities

Yass boasts many sporting clubs and a wide range of sporting facilities including: rugby union, rugby league, AFL, touch football, soccer, tennis, cricket, basketball, netball and squash.  There’s a golf club, swimming pool, skate park, runners and walkers club, and yoga and Pilates classes.
  • Community groups and activities

In Yass community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Wildcare, Yass Community Garden, and Landcare.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life in Yass. Good places to start are the Facebook pages: Yass Notice BoardYass Tribune and Yass and Surrounds – Buy Sell Swap.