Young is a historic country town with a reputation for being the cherry capital of Australia.
Young has a population of 10,039 and is comprised of approximately 51.8% females and 48.2% males. It has an indigenous population of 337 (3.4%) and the median age is 39.
Young is a town in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales. It is situated on the Olympic Highway and is a 2-hour drive from the Canberra area.
Young is marketed as the Cherry Capital of Australia and every year hosts the National Cherry Festival.
The closest regional airport is in Wagga Wagga which is 1 hour 45-minute drive from Young, although residents of Young are more likely to make use of the Canberra International Airport which is just under 2 hours from Young.
The major sources of employment in Young are:
- Retail trade
- Health care and social assistance
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Education and training
Young Health Service is a 32 bed D1a community Hospital with surgery. Six of the beds are day surgery beds and five are bassinets. It provides emergency, medical, surgical, and maternity services for the surrounding communities. Mercy Care Young adjoin the facility and provide a 26 bed sub-acute rehabilitation and palliative care service. A full range of community health services including community nursing, allied health and mental health services are also delivered by the local team and provide outreach to surrounding communities.
Young is supported by an ambulance service.
There are two general practice facilities in Young.
No accommodation available.
Young offers a variety of family day care, long day care, preschool and out of hour’s school care services.
Young has a Woolworths, IGA and Aldi.
It has a Country Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and other national retail chains as well as a number of unique boutique stores.
Places of worship located in Young include, but are not limited to, Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Uniting churches. Young also has a Mosque.
Young Arts and Culture
Australia Day Celebrations (January)
Young Harness Racing – Carnival of Cups (March)
Lambing Flat Chinese Festival (March)
Cherry Blossom Long Lunch (September)
Young (Burrangong) Picnic Races (October)
Cherry Chase: Young Youth Council Fun Run (November)
National Cherry Festival: Young (December)
Points of Interest
This historic Country NSW town is known as the cherry capital of Australia. Set amid scenic rolling hills at the foot of the Great Dividing Range, Young offers wineries, festivals, shopping, heritage and outdoor experiences with a picturesque rural backdrop.
Once known as Lambing Flat because the area was reserved for lambing ewes, Young has a volatile history of race riots, gold-mining and bush-ranging.
Walk the local heritage trail to see historic sites around town, including the Chinese Tribute Gardens and Lambing Flat Folk Museum.
Don’t miss the National Cherry Festival, which brings thousands of visitors during December to celebrate these delicious stone fruits. From mid-November to Christmas, you can pick your own cherries at Young’s many orchards including Allambie, Lavender Hill and Fairfields.
There are some superb events throughout the year, including the Lambing Flat Festival, the Young Annual Show and the bimonthly Young and Region Farmers Market.