Nestled in the picturesque Yass Valley on the banks of the Yass River, the township of Yass is within easy reach of Canberra.
The population of Yass is more than 6,000 people, the median age is 39 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the population.
Yass is a town in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, in Yass Valley, located about 280 km south-west of Sydney, on the Hume Highway.
The Yass River, which is a tributary of the Murrumbidgee River, flows past the town. Yass is 59 km from Canberra (50 minute drive).
The Yass Valley area produces an abundance of cool-climate produce and is a renowned food and wine destination.
The nearest airport is in Canberra (1 hour away).
NSW Train Link have train services from Sydney to Yass.
Transborder Express run coach services between Yass and Canberra.
The 2582 bus service, is for people living in Yass and Murrumbateman who need to travel into and around Yass town. With multiple pick up spots, you can use the bus for your errands and to get from one side of town to the other.
The main industries in Yass are:
- Public administration and safety
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Accommodation and food services
- Education and training
- Professional, scientific and technical services
Yass Health Service is a community hospital with a comprehensive community health service. A 10 bed hospital serves its local community of more than 14,000 residents in a growth area of NSW.
Goulburn Base Hospital (under 1 hour from Yass) is a public district hospital and is operated by Southern NSW Local Health District and serves as a regional referral facility providing a range of general, surgical and some specialist services. It is a teaching hospital affiliated with the Australian National University, based in Canberra.
Yass is supported by an ambulance service.
There are eight pre-school and day care options in the Yass Valley.
There are three supermarkets in Yass – Woolworths, Aldi and IGA. Thyme to Taste is a deli and coffee shop with a good choice of cheeses, bread, condiments and produce. There are some unique boutique fashion and homeware stores such as Peonies and Pineapples, Comur House and Label Love Boutique, all housing well-known brands.
Have fun foraging through the town’s second hand and antique furniture stores or buy some locally handmade knitwear from the co-op store.
Larger retailers include Target and Home Timber and Hardware.
There are a number of places of worship in Yass including Catholic, Anglican, Baptist and Uniting churches.
The nearest Buddhist temples and mosques are located in Canberra (1 hour from Yass).
Yass Rams Rugby Union Club
Yass Runners & Walkers
Yass Magpies Senior Rugby League Club
Yass Football Club
Yass Lawn Tennis Club
Yass District Cricket Association
Yass Netball Association
Yass Golf Club
Yass Swimming Pool
Squash Courts at the Yass Soldiers Club
Points of Interest
Yass has a famous and nationally important heritage property – Cooma Cottage – which is open to the public. The great Australian explorer Hamilton Hume lived here from 1840 until his death in 1873.
On Laidlaw Street, the main street through town, is the Yass Olympic Swimming Pool – adjacent to Victoria Park and the Yass Skate Park. It provides the ideal opportunity to visit a well maintained sporting venue, whether to relax and enjoy through the warmer months, or to do some serious swimming. The Yass Golf Club is an 18 hole irrigated course.
Experience the Yass Railway Museum in all its historical glory. Walk through the yard and view the main station building, the station master’s residence, an original loading bank, a goods shed, the mighty black 1307 Steam locomotive that was the mainstay of the state railway system, in service for nearly 95 years.
The village of Murrumbateman (15km from Yass) is home to many boutique or award-winning wines (visit the cellar doors), delicious meals, unique artwork, and divine chocolates.