Yass Valley Heritage

The Yass Valley is rich in both European and Aboriginal cultural heritage.

Residents of Hollywood on the occasion of Bishop Young's visit in 1952


The Yass Valley has traditionally been inhabited by the Aboriginal Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri Tribes. The Ngunnawal tribe covered the area which is present day Canberra, and also extends into the majority of the Yass Valley area. Wiradjuri covered a large portion of NSW, but only a small part within the western edge of the present day Yass Valley LGA. Yass Valley Council therefore acknowledges the traditional owners of the land - the Ngunnawal and Wiradjuri.

The NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is responsible for managing places of Aboriginal significance in NSW. Further information on matters of Aboriginal heritage can be sourced from their website.

European settlement of the Yass Valley began as early as the 1820's, following expeditions by Hume and Hovell, and Throsby and Wild. Land throughout the Yass Valley was settled relatively early due to its location on the road to Port Phillip (Melbourne), as well as the agricultural quality of the land, proximity to - and being on route to the NSW and Victorian Gold Rushes.

Items of State Heritage Significance within the Yass Valley are listed under the NSW Heritage Act. Details of these items can be accessed on the NSW Heritage Branch website.

A Heritage Schedule of Local individual items and  Conservation Areas for Binalong, Bowning, Gundaroo and Yass is included within the Yass Valley LEP 2013.