Yass is a country service town on the intersection of the Hume Highway (M31) and Barton Highway (A25) in New South Wales, just under an hour north-west of Canberra. It has a range of accommodation and good facilities for those passing through, and a handful of local attractions for wishing to relax a little longer.

Yass Court House

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Before the Yass Bypass was complete, the Hume Highway used to pass straight down the main street of town. The high street consisted of service stations, take-aways and motels. There are now highway services on the freeway, and little passing traffic through the town.

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Yass is 3 hours drive from Sydney and 6 hours drive from Melbourne on the Hume Highway. Yass is approximately a 40-50 minute drive from Canberra, the national capital.

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Because of an historical curiosity, the train service from Sydney to Melbourne does not pass through Yass. It was linked by a spur line that has long since closed. Accordingly, you will need to be picked up or get a taxi from Yass Junction to Yass.

Train services run from Sydney and Melbourne to Yass Junction and are provided by NSW Trainlink (tel 13 22 32). Trains run run twice a day in both directions. It is approximately 4 hours from Sydney by train ($45 economy) and 7.5 hours from Melbourne ($90 economy).

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  • 1 Cooma Cottage, 756 Yass Valley Way (about 5 km southeast of town centre), +61 2 6226 1470, fax: +61 2 6226 3024, . F-Su 10AM-4PM. Gift shop, parking, spacious picnic grounds. Conserved by the National Trust since 1970, this single-storied colonial cottage was built by pioneering pastoralist Cornelius O'Brien in 1835. Between 1839-1873 Cooma was home to one of colonial Australia's great overland explorers, Hamilton Hume (whose name was given to nearby highway), who added his version of Palladian-style wings and a Greek Revival portico. Set in a pastoral landscape the house represents an unusual mix of building techniques and styles and includes a fine, mid-19th century stables outbuilding. A museum to the life and accomplishments of Hamilton Hume is to be found at the house. Adults $10, Seniors & Concessions - $7, Families $20, National Trust Members free.    
  • Crisp Galleries, +61 2 6227 6073. "Gap Range", Hume Highway, Yass Valley (west of Yass past the Cowra and Harden turn offs). The Crisp Galleries are a permanent exhibit of the glassware works of Peter Crisp.

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  • Country Stuff. It's not exactly the most thrilling town in the world, but its great for photographers and historians!

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If you are passing through on the Hume, there is a major set of services at Yass, that don't require you to venture more than a few hundred metres from the freeway. Fuel and fast food available 24 hours.

  • Liberty Cafe, 171 Comur St.

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  • Continue south along the Hume Highway to Gundagai and the Victorian border.
  • Go south (40 minute drive) via the Barton/Federal Highways to Canberra
  • Continue east along the Hume Highway to the inland town of Goulburn (50 minutes) and then Sydney (3 hours)
Routes via Yass
AlburyGundagai SW M31 NE  GoulburnSydney
Canberra S A25 N  END

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