Cooma Cottage

Home of the first Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume. He 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.

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.






756 Yass Valley Way,
Yass 2582 New South Wales


Winter hours:
We will be closed from 12 June and reopen for the Winter Fair on 30 June.
Following the Winter Fair we will be closed again until 31 August reopening 1 September.

(We will open at any other times by prior arrangement for groups of 8 or more, weddings or event bookings, or school groups.)


12 June - 29 June
1 July - 31 August

02 6226 1470 or 0412 338 353
Entry Fees:

Adults $10, Seniors & Concessions - $7, Families $20,
National Trust Members free

What we offer:

What's on at Cooma Cottage

Yass Winter Fair

30 June - The Fair will include a range of stalls selling gourmet products, arts and crafts, historical displays, and refreshments.


Schools Reconciliation Challenge

14 September to 7 October - Sixteen artworks, selected as the best of more than 700 entries to Reconciliation Council (NSWRC) annual art competition, will be displayed at Cooma Cottage.


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