Local Attractions Around Yanda
Yanada is in the heart of the Hawkesbury Region surrounded by National Parks waiting to be explored and with plenty of European convict history to discover. We are close to Windsor, Richmond, the Blue Mountains and to Cessnok and the Hunter Valley, all possible as day trips.
The McDonald Valley and Hawkesbury Area
Leaving Yanada, you can walk, drive or cycle into Historic St Albans Village with its famous Settlers Arms Inn. The village has it's own website - St Albans, and hosts it's own Folk Festival, and an annual 'Shahzada St. Albans Mountain Horse Endurance Test.
Further up the valley you can visit old cemeteries and commons, venture into the Yengo National Park or walk or cycle along the Old Great North Road, built by convicts following tracks shown to them by the Darkinjung people. This was the original and only route north of Sydney, now closed to traffic and a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Well-preserved Aboriginal engravings can also be viewed in a number of locations in Yengo National Park as well as further north in the Wollombi National Park. Visit Wollombi.
Further north the drive takes you through the Wollombi National Park, to Cessnock and the Hunter Valley Wine Region.
A few minutes south, Wisemans Ferry provides a number of leisure attractions including golf, Kayaking, Canoeing, Swimming and Water Polo. There are also local amenities at Wisemans; pub, shops, restaurants, service station, police and doctor. Further south at Maroota you can visit Tobruk Sheep Station.
See Hawkesbury Australia for more details on the region.
Yengo National Park
Yanada adjoins the Yengo National Park, a rugged landscape of steep gorges and rocky ridges, just waiting to be explored by 4WD, mountain bike or foot.
Part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, Yengo has spectacular views, remote wilderness and unique Aboriginal cultural heritage. There's an abundance of Aboriginal sacred sites and rock engravings to discover.
The historic, convict-built Old Great North Road in the south-east of the park is also a reminder of the park's more recent colonial history.
To get into the park by car, at St Albans, follow Wollombi Road to Mogo campground and the southern precinct of the park.
Old Great North Road
Built between 1826 and 1836 this is one of Australia’s most significant engineering structures. This was listed as a UNESCO world heritage item in 2010. See History for more information.