Hume & Hovell 200th Anniversary Celebration

12 Oct 2024

10:00 am ‐ 3:00 pm

Entry: $5.00

Guided Tours: $5.00

Set in the idyllic Yass Valley, Cooma Cottage invites you to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Hume & Hovell's Expedition with live music, demonstrations, stalls, guided tours and more.

The Hume and Hovell Expedition was a journey of exploration and discovery undertaken in Eastern Australia between 1824 – 1825.

Immerse yourself in history as we mark the occasion of this epic journey with a special open day at historic Cooma Cottage – the site where the Explorers and six fellow travellers camped overnight on 18 October 1824, and where Hume would later reside.

Marvel at heritage trade demonstrations of wood working, bee keeping and blacksmithing.

Join a guided tour of Cooma Cottage and meander through the historic gardens and grounds, boasting beautiful views over the Yass Valley and offering unique access to the rarely opened stables.

Grab a drink or bite to eat from one of the food stalls and browse an array of eclectic stalls selling jewellery, aprons, shopping bags, jams, sauces and fresh flower bouquets.

A face painting stall and activities provided by the Yass Library will entertain the children.

Some of the descendants of the Convicts who accompanied the Explorers on their epic journey will also be in attendance, as well as a number of special guests.


Cooma Cottage

Located near Yass, Cooma Cottage was the last home of Australian born explorer Hamilton Hume. Set on 100 acres, the charming colonial property is a significant landmark. The original colonial Bungalow was built by pioneering pastoralist Henry O’Brien around 1835, and forms part of a complex of buildings built by Hume from 1839, over a period of 20 years.

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756 Yass Valley Way, Yass NSW 2582

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