Cooma Cottage

Come and visit the home of the famous explorer Hamilton Hume, overlooking the idyllic Yass Valley.

History of Cooma Cottage

Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume, bought the cottage on 100 acres and set about expanding it for his new life as a pastoralist. It still sits on extensive grounds perfect for picnics and lazy afternoons.

The original colonial bungalow forms part of the earliest complex of dwellings and stables on the site. The property is most noted for being the home of Australian born explorer, Hamilton Hume (1797-1873). Hume bought the cottage and the 100 acres for ₤601 in 1840 and lived there for the rest of his life.

What you’ll see when you visit

The original colonial bungalow, built by pioneering pastoralist Henry O’Brien with his younger brother Cornelius, forms part of Hume’s complex of dwellings and stables on the site. Hume spent 20 years enthusiastically building extensions; adding his own version of Palladian-style wings and a Greek Revival portico. Cooma Cottage now stands as a fine example of the way our pioneers constructed their dwellings and how they lived.

Cooma Cottage features vast, open grounds for picnic areas and gardens. The property is ideal for weddings, venue hire, coach tours, photographic shoots and family picnics.

How to book your tickets

We look forward to welcoming you at Cooma Cottage. Where possible, book via Eventbrite to guarantee a spot.

To enter a National Trust (NSW) property or purchase a ticket you must agree to the Terms and Conditions of Entry. We thank you for helping to keep properties open and the community safe.


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Cooma Cottage


756 Yass Valley Way,
Yass 2582 New South Wales


Sundays only, 10am - 4pm


Monday 12 June - Saturday 2 September 2023

Entry Fees:

Adults: $12
Seniors & Concessions: $10
Families: $34
National Trust Members: Free
Booking fees apply.

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