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The Hilltops

Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that’s famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.

The Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Young Visitor Information Centre is a great place to enjoy a taste for regional varieties. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location. If you’re keen to visit local vineyards, check out Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door, Chalkers Crossing Winery, Grove Estate Wines, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery and Moppity Vineyards.

Stock up on local honey from the Harden House of Honey or pick your own fruit fresh from the farm at Petal Falls Orchard and Torry Hill Orchard. You’ll find sweet, juicy cherries are the star attraction at the National Cherry Festival held each cherry season, in December at Young.

Must Do
  • Hilltops Regional Wine Cellar
  • Petal Falls Orchard
  • Lambing Flat Chinese Tribute Gardens
  • Young Heritage Town Walk (map from Young Visitor Information Centre)
  • Lambing Flat Folk Museum
  • Shamrock Trails  (Boorowa)
  • Wombat Heights Orchard

Food and wine in the Hilltops Region

Lindsays-Woodonga-Hill-Winery-Young
Young is at the centre of the Hilltops wine region, which is gaining a reputation for premium reds from cabernet sauvignon to shiraz. The neighbouring towns, Boorowa and Harden, are also part of this region that’s famous for its fresh produce, particularly cherries and other stone fruit from plums to nectarines, apricots, peaches, apples and figs.

Wine grapes were first planted here in the 1800s during the gold rush era; today, the region has 13 wine producers and five cellar doors. Wines from Hilltops have a distinctive cool-climate character but at the same time are full and rich in flavour.

The Hilltops Region Wine Cellar located in the Young Visitor Information Centre is a great place to enjoy a taste for regional varieties. It showcases 60 wines from local vineyards, in one convenient location. If you’re keen to visit local vineyards, check out Ballinaclash Orchard and Cellar Door, Chalkers Crossing Winery, Grove Estate Wines, Lindsays Woodonga Hill Winery and Moppity Vineyards.

Stock up on local honey from the Harden House of Honey or pick your own fruit fresh from the farm at Petal Falls Orchard and Torry Hill Orchard. You’ll find sweet, juicy cherries are the star attraction at the National Cherry Festival held each cherry season, in December at Young.

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4662 Olympic Highway, Young, NSW, 2594, Australia
02 6382 330002 6382 3300
02 6382 4699

Stay at this charming Young motel, located on the southern outskirts of town, in a quiet, picturesque garden setting adjacent to cherry orchards and close to wineries.

The Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn offers 3.5-star accommodation in Young. All rooms have queen-sized beds, split-system air conditioning and Austar cable TV. Relax at the bar in the licensed a la carte restaurant overlooking the rose garden and pool with a cosy log fire on winter nights.

Guests staying at the Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn will be close to Young’s attractions and activities. Visit wineries, the Chinese gardens and Price of Peace Gardens. Explore the heritage of Young, dating back to the 1830s, at the museum, or spend the day browsing the many interesting and diverse shops.

For friendly customer service and a convenient location in Young, make a reservation at the Hilltops Retreat Motor Inn today and save!

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Poppa's Fudge & Jam Factory, Lovell Place, Young NSW

Welcome to Poppa’s Fudge and Jam Factory where every day is a great day!

Poppa’s is open seven days a week offering guests a wide range of locally and freshly made jams and chutneys.

For the sweet toothed there is a huge range of delicate chocolates and tempting lollies as well as their well known freshly made fudge. All the fudges, jams and chutneys from Poppas Fudge Factory are made in store from fresh produce.

We also offer a huge range of giftware and homeware for the ideal present or addition to your home.

Poppa’s can also organise catering for 300 people; for morning tea, afternoon tea and lunch. Coaches are welcome. Poppa’s can also arrange picnic hampers packed full or homemade produce. Simply call and order the day before.

193 Powderly's Lane, Young Young 2594
26 Murringo Gap Road, Murringo, NSW, Australia
02 6384 622402 6384 6224

A museum and tribute centre to the late bushman & whip maker, Syd Bayliss, and to Richard Taubman who has kept his trades and stories alive for over 30 years. The tribute centre also doubles as a cellar door for Trandari Wines, wine tastings are available.

On display are many leather products, artifacts, tools and items used by Syd and Richard. On sale are numerous plaited leather products, hats, boots and much more.

Richard has been a whip maker for 40 years and has always promoted his mentor, Syd Bayliss. The Taubman & Webb Trading Post is the culmination of himself and his wife Leah’s effort to ensure such valuable Australian heritage is preserved.

Open on weekends, public holidays and by appointment.

Locked bag 8001 Young NSW 2594
25 Marsden Street, Boorowa NSW 2586

Grass fed, natural meat fresh from our farm to you.

We are a family owned farm offering our grass fed, farm fresh meat to you both online and through our new butcher shop in Boorowa. Get back to real food, meat that is fresh and flavoursome, the way meat used to taste. Join the Moppity experience as we deliver a genuine paddock to plate way of life.

Back Creek Road, Young, New South Wales, Australia
684 Brial Rd, Boorowa 2586
196 Boorowa Street, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Wilkie’s Cottage was an existing restaurant reopened by Wendy Scriven and Lauren Walker in Wombat NSW in 2010 which put them on the map as a fresh food destination with a wide range of local and Australian made produce and gift wares and local art.
Then in 2012 they decided to make a move to put them in the middle of things in Young and they opened Wilkie’s Cottage Cafe & Pantry to rave reviews and have been going strong ever since.
With something on the menu for everyone from vegetarian, lactose free, gluten free and soy options available we can cater to almost everyone’s needs.

Function catering also available

101 Prunevale, Kingsvale, NSW, Australia

Freeman  Vineyards  is a small, specialist  family  winery,  established  in  1999  by  Dr  Brian  Freeman. Twenty two different varieties are grown on the 57-hectare estate, including Australia’s only plantings of corvina and rondinella, the classic Amarone varieties from the Veneto region of northern Italy, these Amarone wines are the inspiration for our Secco. The Italians dry all the grapes for 3 months to produce intense full bodied wines know for their aging capabilities. Our age release 2004 has twice won the trophy for the best mature red wine at the NSW Wine Awards.

Rondinella is also used to produce a savoury rosé, Rondo, made  using  the  classic  saignée  method,  draining  the  juice  after  a  short  time  in contact with the grape skins, producing a pale salmon-hued, spicy rosé.

Fortuna is a field blend of five varieties produced from over 35-year-old low-yielding vines. It is inspired by the aromatic white wines of two regions of northern Italy – Friuli and Alto Adige, a textural wine crafted from pinot gris, riesling, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay and aleatico. Nebbiolo, tempranillo, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz are also produced from estate grown fruit.

Group tastings by appointment

76 Yass Street, Rye Park, New South Wales, Australia

The Old School Country Retreat is on the edge of the village of Rye Park, 1 ¼ hours from Canberra, offering bed and breakfast or self-contained accommodation. An award winning property, it is the ideal retreat for those who want to relax, walk and read either in solitude or with friends.

The School sleeps twelve comfortably and is designed so that guests have privacy if this is their wish. There are two wings, each with two bedrooms, en suite and private sitting room. Guests, whether one or six have a wing for themselves, encouraging relaxation. The School is rustic, interesting and delightful; perfect for friends celebrating a special occasion.

The Old School Country Retreat offers an easy way to see part of rural Australia, without having to go too far off the beaten track. Complimentary transport from Canberra and nearby areas can be arranged when guests book for two nights. Activities for those who would like to venture out include peaceful bush walks along quiet country lanes, golf, wine tasting, galleries, antique shops and good coffee.

Young, New South Wales, Australia
02 6384422602 63844226
4321-4335 Olympic Highway (South), Young NSW 2594

Pick your own Orchard, Vineyard and Cellar Door Est.1965
Cellar door wine tastings, and pick your own cherries, plums & apricots. Friendly, family run orchard & vineyard, no entry fee (you pay for what you pick), shady picnic area & free electric BBQ, farm gate shop selling fresh fruit (including cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches & plums in season), jams, sauces, honey, prunes & our award winning wines, as well as cold drinks, cherry pies, cherry ice-creams, cherry ice-blocks. Coaches welcome by appointment.
Open 7 days in cherry season from 8am to 5pm (other times, by appointment)
5km south of Young.

Yandilla, Olympic Highway, Wallendbeen NSW 2588

Yandilla Mustard Seed Oil Pty. Ltd is a family company operating in the countryside around Wallendbeen, south of Young, specialising in the production of cold pressed mustard seed oil and all things mustard. They are also internationally recognised as the world’s first cold-pressed, low erucic acid mustard oil industry. Mustard seed oil has a pleasant nutty flavour and is not hot or ‘mustardy’. It is cold pressed from the whole seed, with no heat treatment, and is then filtered through cotton and paper, and bottled. Mustard seed oil retains the characteristic colour, aroma and taste of the oil on the parent seed during processing and the hot elements (or the pungent taste) do not enter the oil during pressing. The oil contains no additives or preservatives and has a low saturated fat content. It is also high in both monounsaturated and omega-3 fats.

4355 Olympic Hwy, Young, NSW, Australia

Pick your own Orchard, Vineyard and Cellar Door Est.1965
Cellar door wine tastings, and pick your own cherries & apricots.
Friendly, family run orchard & vineyard, no entry fee (you pay for what you pick), shady picnic area & free electric BBQ, farm gate shop selling fresh fruit (including cherries, apricots, nectarines, peaches & plums in season), jams, sauces, honey, prunes & our award winning wines, as well as cold drinks, cherry pies, cherry ice-creams, cherry ice-blocks, coaches welcome by appointment.
Open 7 days in cherry season from 8am to 5pm (other times, by appointment)
5km south of Young.

29 Tipperary Lane, Young, NSW

Lockwood is a small family owned and operated vineyard which produces a range of boutique wines. Grapes are hand-picked and all wine making is done using traditional methods including a small basket press. We generally crush between 3-4 tonnes, so each wine is limited to 500-600 litres and each vintage reflects the particular growing conditions of that season.

Tastings by appointment

Goldrush Motel, Campbell Street, Young NSW 2594, Australia

Well established 13 unit motel, the Goldrush Motel, Young offers clean, cosy and comfortable country style accommodation at very competitive rates. The motel is a short walk to the main street, attractions, facilities, parks and gardens. Room amenities include Foxtel TV, Wifi internet, microwave, iron, toaster, kettle and reverse cycle air conditioning. The motel also features a small in ground heated pool (Open during warmer months).

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Old Rifle Range Road, Young NSW 2594
2935 Scenic Road, Wirrimah Wirrimah 2803
Olympic Highway, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Visit Lindsay’s Woodonga Hill Winery and sample their the wine, made and grown locally in the area known as the Hilltops Region. Lindsay’s Woodonga Hill Winery is a pioneering winery in Young and District, with a reputation for medal winning wines. They offer a variety of wine styles reflecting the abundance of potential from grapes and fruit grown in the Hilltops Region. An actual operating boutique winery you have the opportunity to walk and talk with the winemaking staff, while they go about their daily routines around you.Take the time to discuss wine styles and how and why they are suited to different foods. Come join them in their wine passion. Cellar door sales available daily including tours of the winery. Coaches are “by appointment” and more than welcome, group tutored wine tastings can be organised.

Back Wombat Road, Wombat, NSW, 2587, Australia

“The Grog Shed ” – stocks Cherry wine and the famous Wombat Widdle. None of the wines or liqueurs have any artificial preservatives or additives and will keep for years after being opened. List of their liquors:

  • Cherry Port Wine
  • Limoncello
  • Wombat Widdle
  • Walnut Rum
  • Suger Plum Wine
  • Blood Plum Wine
  • Cherry Finishing Vinegar
48 Boorowa Street Young 2594
4 Leake Street, Bowning, New South Wales, Australia

Mayfield Mews is a site of local historic significance. Just 1km off the Hume highway, the Mews operates out of the original 150 year old coach house and stables. Henry Lawson lived for 14 years on and off at the adjacent Mayfield House, with his aunt Phoebe Stear, who was married to Richard Stear. The Stears’ at the time owned the General Store next door which currently remains a significant building.
Mayfield Mews has a small café offering light refreshments to serve with their exceptional air roasted coffee blend which rates as the Number 1 coffee in NSW. (whereismycoffee.com.au) Real milk shakes are served in aluminium cups with paper straws, not only nostalgic, but deliciously cold.
Enjoy the delightful garden centre and discover bespoke sculptures made by local and regional artists. The gift centre offers high quality

254 Marsden Street, Boorowa, NSW

family owned and operated company that specialises in producing premium quality, natural grass fed meat, free of hormones. All of their products come straight from our farm and are delivered direct to your door, guaranteeing freshness, traceability, quality and price efficiency.

Buy direct from a family farm – You won’t be disappointed!!

Harden, NSW, Australia
04076819150407681915
“Pleasant View”, Young NSW 2595

GROMARK GENETICS are bred from Elite Poll Dorset Sires.

Rams have specific carcase traits for prime lamb production and a white crimped wool.

Kate Sevier’s YANGOORA GROMARK STUD also measure maternal traits. Rams can be used.

  1. Over Merino ewes as a terminal sire
  2. Over Merino ewes as a preferred maternal sire.
  3. Over First-X ewes as a terminal sire
  4. For self replacing maternal breeding and a terminal wether.

The flock has LAMBPLAN Australian Sheep Breeding Values [ ASBV’s ]for both maternal and terminal traits.

This means rams can be selected for specific enterprises to produce preferred prime lambs for the consumer.

There is stringent on farm biosecurity for animal health.

Please contact Kate for more information.

Spring Creek Road, Young, New South Wales, Australia

Spring Creek Grove is owned and managed by partners Karen Hawley and John Speight.  Karen has a background in public health (nursing) and John has an environmental consultancy background.  Their approach to grove management and oil production is strongly influenced by our education and previous careers.

The grove was planted in the late 1990’s.  They moved from Sydney for a tree change, and bought the grove in early 2012 and have been rejuvenating it since then. They have approximately 1000 olive trees; Frantoio and Manzanillo varieties.  Their trees are used for “Curious Fox” branded olive oil production, although they may trial table olives in the future.

 

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