New surprises pop up in the Hilltops: Talking Tourism

Checking out Young

As part of ongoing familiarisation days Hilltops tourism and events staff and volunteers from Young, Harden and Boorowa toured some accommodation outlets and tourist attractions in Young and its environs on Thursday.

This follows a similar inspection of places of interest in Harden, Jugiong and Boorowa last year.

National Camellia Show

The National Camellia Show held in conjunction by the Hume Camellia Society and the Uniting Church Fellowship 's Young Camellia Spectacular at Young in August.

Seventy to eighty delegates from around Australia are heading for the town for the event, to be held on Friday and Saturday, August 23 and 24.

A camellia show has been held in Young for many years, with some excellent camellias on display. Vicky Burstall on 6383 33234 is the contact.

New Hilltops Market

Koorawatha is the latest village to announce the establishment of regular markets in the Hilltops region.

The Koorawatha Progress Association plans to hold markets on the fifth Saturday of the month - in June, August and November.

Organisers are currently taking expressions of interest from stallholders - contact Kelly Hartley on 0421 035 490 or email

Wombat Swap Meet over two days of June long weekend

The Wombat Hotel Social Group and Wombat Progress Association are again presenting the Wombat Swap Meet at Wagembah Oval over the June long weekend, June 8 and 9.

The program includes a Show'N'Shine at 10am on the Saturday.

Stall holders are invited to book on 6384 3206.

New Visitor Centre

Harden Murrumburrah residents with local knowledge are wanted to help man the new visitor centre to be launched soon in the twin towns.

The centre will be chiefly staffed by volunteers and open seven days from 10am to 4pm.

The organising committee is seeking people who would like to volunteer.

Volunteers will work in twos and can nominate involvement levels.

Training will be available. If you'd like to help contact Cathy Sanderson (0429 129 055) or Jan Ryan (0408 268 307).

Coach Service Changes

Transport NSW Trainlink trial lunchtime Young to Cootamundra coach service has been discontinued due to low patronage.

The last service was on Sunday May 12.

The separate, original service which leaves from Young to Cootamundra at 11.35am from the Visitor Centre and returns from Cootamundra at 3.35pm will remain.

May 17 - Take 5 on Friday with Young Regional School of Music tutor Liz Boland and her flute ensemble. From 12.30pm to 1pm, all welcome.

May 18 - Young Turf Club Meeting, Toompang Racecourse, Milvale Road.

May 18 - Young & Region Farmers Market, Anderson Park off Lovell Street. 9am to 12noon. Buy fresh from the producer.

May 19 - Handmade in Harden Murrumburrah Community Markets, at Murrumburrah Courthouse, 9am to 2pm.

May 24 - Take 5 on Friday with Boorowa performer Bede Morrissey, 12.30pm to 1.00pm, all welcome.

May 24 - Official opening of the Harden Murrumburrah Camera Club photographic competition at 7.30pm at the Courthouse Murrumburrah. The exhibition is then open for viewing over the weekend of May 25/26.