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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

Young, the cherry capital of Australia, is a thriving country town surrounded by orchards, vineyards and wheat fields.

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Location

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.

How to get there

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.

Population

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 is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

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.

Accredited GP practices

  • Mercy Care Centre
  • Young District Medical Centre

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Young are: retail, hospitals, aged care residential services, primary education and secondary education.
  • Education

  • Childcare

Young offers a variety of family day care, long day care, preschool and out of hours school care services.
  • Shopping

Young has Woolworths, IGA and Aldi supermarkets. There are also national retail chains including Country Target, Big W, Harvey Norman as well as a number of specialty and boutique stores
  • Places of worship

Places of worship located in Young include Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Presbyterian, and Uniting churches. There is also a mosque in Young.
  • Points of interest

Young has orchards, cool-climate vineyards and wineries, shopping, heritage trails, museums and outdoor experiences. Farmers markets, harness racing, art exhibitions, agricultural shows and the National Cherry Festival are just some of the events that occur in Young and surrounds.
  • Sporting activities

Young has a range of sporting facilities and sporting clubs including all rugby union, basketball, golf, soccer, cricket, netball, hockey, pony club and croquet. Many clubs have their own websites or social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

There are numerous community, service and social groups in Young including Young Rotary, Lions Club of Young, Weddin-Lachlan WIRES and PCYC.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Young, notable pages include Young NSW Community Group, Young, NSW + Surrounds Buy Swap and Sell, Geek Out Collective: YOUNG NSW, Hilltops Council and The Young Witness.