Joadja Historic Site Tours

Joadja Historic Site Tours

Nestled in the heart of the picturesque Southern Highlands of New South Wales near Berrima village, Joadja Historic Site offers a truly unique and immersive experience that will leave you captivated by its charm and historical significance.
For history buffs, adventure seekers, and curious minds alike, Joadja Historic Site is a treasure trove waiting to be explored. Stepping onto the site feels like entering a time capsule, transporting visitors to the late 1800s when the area was a booming shale oil mining town.
The site’s history dates back to the 1870s when Scottish immigrant families settled in the region to establish a shale oil mining industry. Joadja quickly flourished, becoming one of the largest shale oil production centers in Australia.

The Charm of Joadja Historic Site Tours

Embarking on a guided tour of Joadja Historic Site is the best way to absorb its remarkable history fully. The site’s guides are passionate about their role as keepers of this historical gem, and they’ll regale you with captivating stories and anecdotes as you explore the various elements of the site. The Joadja Historic Site tours offer an enchanting blend of history, culture, and natural beauty that will leave you with a lasting appreciation for this hidden gem of the Southern Highlands. By joining Joadja Historic Site tours on this journey through time, you’ll not only unearth fascinating stories but also play a vital role in preserving this significant historical site for generations to come.

These fully guided tours run for approx. 100 minutes and are conducted on our purpose-built people movers (trailers). After the historic site tour, you will be invited to a fully guided tour of the distillery as well and includes tastings. Children can enter the distillery tour when accompanied by an adult. The tour visits over 10 ruins/sites and visitors can get off the people movers to get up close and personal with the abandoned structures. Persons with mobility concerns need not worry as they can stay on the people movers at their leisure all the way on the tour without missing out on the adventure. The tour guide will take you on a fascinating historical tour of this hidden valley, full of mystery, intrigue and drama.


Option to pre-book a picnic lunch on Saturdays and Sundays. No BYO alcohol permitted on site as we are a licenced premises.
Book your fully guided historic site tour for this Saturday 29th at 11am and come and discover the ruins still standing after over 100 of abandonment.
The tour runs for approx. 2 hours and is followed by a FREE distillery tour & tasting.
Cost $49 per adult/ $19 per child (6-15yo).
Opening hours : Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.
Feel free to bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy the views of the beautiful Joadja Valley.

The site is privately owned and operated. Access to the site is only available with a guided tour for legal, health and safety reasons.
Please contact Joadja Historic Site Tours on 02 4878 5129 or for terms and conditions or to enquire about a private tour.
For more information: Joadja Town

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