Young, the cherry capital of Australia, is a thriving country town surrounded by orchards, vineyards and wheat fields.
Young is located in the South West Slopes region of NSW. It is situated 370 km (4 hr drive) from Sydney and 160 km (2 hr drive) from Canberra.
The establishment of Young followed a goldrush in the area. In 1860 there were more than 20,000 miners locally – many of Chinese descent. The contribution of the Chinese community to Young is recognised, in a number of ways including commemorative gardens and the local museum.
The closest regional airport is in Wagga Wagga which is a 1 hr 45 min drive from Young, however residents of Young are more likely to travel to Canberra International Airport (2 hr drive) due to the wide range of domestic and international carriers and flights available there.
More than 10,000 people live in Young – the median age of residents is 40 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.
Young Health Service is a 32-bed public hospital with emergency, medical, surgical, and maternity services for the surrounding communities. A full range of community health services including community nursing, allied health and mental health services are delivered locally and a range of services including ophthalmology and oncology are provided by visiting specialists.
Mercy Care Centre adjoins the facility and provides subacute health services including palliative care, geriatric evaluation management and transitional aged care.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Young.