If you’re looking for an enjoyable spring time escape and a big dose of country air, then look no further than a mini break to Yass Valley.
Spring in Yass Valley
Spring is one of the best times to visit Yass Valley. The landscape alive with green pastures, beautiful flowers and an abundant of baby animals gallivanting in the warmer weather. It’s also the time of year that Yass Valley comes alive with high-quality family-friendly events, jam-packed with country charm. Enjoy delicious regional food and wine, live music, culture, colourful local characters, a dose of history and of course beauty and tranquility. Which can only be found when spending time in the great outdoors.
When: 15 -17 September 2016
Where: Various venues in Yass
First in a long line of events is the Turning Wave Festival. A celebration of Irish and Australian traditional music and related arts, modeled along the lines of a typical Irish Fleadh (festival). The festival features live music, concerts, dancing, spoken word, sessions, Irish music classes and a junior Fleadh. Sessions are held across various venues within Yass town.
When: 16 September – 8 October 2017
Where: Cooma Cottage, 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass.
For those who love creative arts and history, join us for Sculpture in the Paddock at historic Cooma Cottage, once home to Hamilton Hume. Presented by YassArts, the festival continues to delight locals and visitors alike. Visitors pace through the grounds and interact with artistic installations, in a truly unique event. Featuring sculptures that are poignant and sympathetic to the landscape, this festival boasts work from local sculptors of national and international standing.
When: 16 September – 15 October 2017, 9am to 5pm daily.
Where: Federal Highway, Sutton NSW
The region welcomes the warmer weather with an eruption of flowers at the tranquil Tulip Top Gardens. The ten acre garden is bursting with magnificent tulips and other spring flowers, creating a spectacular display. Hundreds of blossoming trees, a cascading waterfall and watercourse flow throughout the garden. The displays are complemented with classical music drifting through the air in the hidden valley. Take the popular pathway past the rosemary field framed by unique blossom trees to the 70-metre-high viewing platform for the perfect photo. The gardens are dog friendly, with plenty of food stalls, a nursery and entertainment.
When: 30 September – 2 October 2017 (October long weekend)
Where: Various Murrumbateman wineries
Tantalise your taste buds with this roving degustation of fine local wines matched with delicious tasting plates and local produce. Each participating winery offers a main meal and/or dessert, perfectly matched with one of their wines. Guests can meet the makers and receive a complimentary wine and Moving Feast wine glass with every dish.
When: 14 October 2017
Where: 70 Cork Street, Gundaroo
The Gundaroo Music Festival brings together national talent and a crowd of 3000 strong music lovers for 12 hours of non-stop music and entertainment. Festival attendees will be spoilt with a wine tasting from regional wineries, food and produce stalls, as well as local arts and handcrafts. There’s also a kid’s zone with jumping castles, face painting, super heroes and petting zoo. Adults are covered too with a mechanical bull, roaming entertainment, 4×4 Extreme display and an evening of fireworks.
When: 21 – 22 October 2017
Where: Barton Highway, Murrumbateman
Murrumbateman Field Days is a true country experience for the whole family. Attracting over 20,000 visitors, throughout the 500+ exhibits you will discover food and wine, farm machinery, shearing, live music, helicopter rides, animals and plenty of activities for kids. There’ll be a special Under 5s area on the oval with pony rides, face painting, a nearby farmyard petting zoo. The Rural Fire Service will have their Inflatable Smoke House on site to demonstrate the dangers of smoke in a fire, teaching kids fire safety. There’s also an exhibit providing everything you need to know about snakes – necessary in the country!
When: 4 – 5 November 2017
Where: Meehan Street, Yass
Classic Yass brings together everyone’s favourite parts of ‘The Good Old Days’ in the idyllic historic town of Yass. Featuring cars from the early 1900s through to the 70s, vintage memorabilia and music from the 50s – 70s. Take part in the Rotary Billy Cart Derby and browse the Yass Scout and Rotary Markets. There is something for everyone to enjoy at this free event.
For more information on Yass Valley events, accommodation, attractions and experiences please visit www.yassvalley.com.au.
For assistance with Yass Valley accommodation bookings, please call the Yass Valley Information Centre team on 1300 886 014.
– Written by Natasha Maguire