Cooma Cottage

Visit the home of famous explorer Hamilton Hume in an idyllic location overlooking the Yass Valley.

Located on Ngunnawal Country in Yass, NSW, this rural treasure is the home of Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume, who reportedly fell in love with the area during his explorations and set about creating a retreat with his wife, Elizabeth.

Visitors can walk through Hume’s original house and soak up the stories of pioneering life in the nineteenth century. See the stables where Hume kept his horses, then relax with a picnic in the cottage gardens for sweeping views of paddocks and the Yass valley.

Cooma Cottage is only a five-minute drive from Yass’ town centre. It’s also the starting point of the 440-kilometre Hume and Hovell Track that follows the route taken by Hume and William Hovell in 1824.

Plan your visit

Cooma Cottage


756 Yass Valley Way, Yass NSW 2582


10am - 4pm
Extra open day: 9 June 2024


1 July - 8 September 2024
22 December 2024
29 December 2024

Entry Fees:

National Trust members – FREE
Adult - $12
Concession* - $10
Family - $34
*Concession applies for full-time students, seniors, pensioners and children aged 5-15 years.

How to book your tickets
Tickets can be purchased at the door or booked in advance to guarantee your spot. Booking fees apply.
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Terms and conditions of entry apply.

What we offer:


The original colonial bungalow was built by pioneering pastoralist Henry O’Brien with his younger brother Cornelius, and forms part of the earliest complex of dwellings and stables on the site.

Australian-born explorer, Hamilton Hume (1797-1873), bought the cottage and 100 acres for ₤601 in 1839 and lived there for the rest of his life. 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 pioneers constructed their dwellings and how they lived.


How to get here

Cooma Cottage is located at 756 Yass Valley Way, Yass.

By car:  Cooma Cottage is a five-minute drive from Yass town centre. Follow Yass Valley Way until you see the signs for Cooma Cottage. There is plenty of on-site parking available.


Plan ahead

Planning ahead is the best way to get the most out of your visit to Cooma Cottage. Here, you’ll find answers to some of our most frequently-asked questions about visiting.

When should I visit?

Cooma Cottage is a special place to visit in Yass and is beautiful every time of the year. In spring the blossom trees and herb garden are in full bloom, while the cooler months bring autumn colour and stunning views across the paddocks.

How much time do I need?

To fully appreciate the splendour of the house and gardens, we recommend that you allow at least one hour for your visit to Cooma Cottage,

Can I access the house during my visit?

Yes, access to the house is included with entry. If you would like a tour, please enquire with one of our experienced volunteers on arrival so we can help you get the most out of your visit.

What should I wear?

With both a house and extensive gardens to explore, we recommend that you wear warm clothing in the cooler months and shoes that are suitable for walking outdoors.

Will children enjoy visiting?

Yes, Cooma Cottage is very family friendly, and a great way to introduce children to aspects of Australian history. The bungalow reveals stories of 19th century life, while the surrounding grounds are ideal for busy legs.

Can tour groups visit?

Groups are more than welcome at Cooma Cottage. To book a group visit, email

Can I bring my pet?

Everyone is welcome at Cooma Cottage, however we are unable to accommodate pets (excluding assistance animals). Thank you for understanding.

Can I hire Cooma Cottage for an event?

Cooma Cottage’s rural location and historic backdrop make it a beautiful wedding venue in Yass, that’s also perfect for events and photo shoots. For more information, please contact us on


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