Young - the cherry capital

Situated on the south west slopes of New South Wales in the heart of the Hilltops food and wine region, Young is renowned for glorious undulating countryside, vineyards, orchards, fascinating pioneering history, exciting events and for being known as the Cherry Capital of Australia!  It has a population of around 12,000.

It was first settled in 1826 when it was known as Lambing Flat. Historically, it is best remembered as the site of a riot of Australian gold miners against Chinese miners in 1861.  Young now has a sister city relationship with Lanzhou in China as a token of peace and goodwill.

Despite being known primarily for cherry production, other stone fruits such as plums, prunes, peaches, nectarines are also grown here. Wool, beef and grain production has always been a major agricultural activity in Young.  

Young Tourism has further information about the region.


Young has a modern hospital with around 26 beds completed in 2005 with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.  This incorporates a busy operating theatre and emergency department as well as community health services for Young and district residents. 

The Mercy Care Centre in Young is a 26 bed sub-acute health service facility providing a range of outpatient, community health and aged care services for the people of Young and surrounding region. It specialises in geriatric evaluation and management; rehabilitation and palliative care. There are also diverse facilities for the ageing population including a retirement village and nursing home facilities.

Around the district, Harden Health Service has 16 acute beds and 25 in the attached nursing home.  Boorowa has a MPS Hospital including an aged care facility with a total of 18 beds.

Young campus of the ANU Rural Clinical School offers a relaxed, student-friendly learning environment where teaching is provided largely on a one-to-one basis by experienced, multi-skilled rural general practitioners and by specialists. There are abundant opportunities for practical hands-on experience such as performing supervised procedures which might only rarely arise in larger teaching hospitals. Learning is self-directed with facilitation from the clinical supervisors. There is flexibility in scheduling of activities in order to maximise experiential opportunities.

Updated:  16 August 2018/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School