Yass offers a wonderful range of dining and accommodation options complemented by an eclectic mix of shops, antique stores, galleries and museums.
The perfect launching spot
Yass is also the perfect base from which to explore the many natural attractions in the Yass Valley region.
The area around modern-day Yass was first settled in 1824, after being discovered by the explorer Hamilton Hume. A local wool industry soon sprang up and by 1830 a small village had begun to develop on the south bank of the Yass River. Hamilton Hume retired to Yass and purchased Cooma Cottage, where he lived with his wife until his death in 1873. During the early 1800s, Yass had established itself as a rest stop for travellers en route from Sydney to Melbourne. Yass was once considered an alternative to Canberra as the capital of Australia.
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