Yanco NSW 2705
Immerse yourself in the nature & history… Take a short, five minute drive south from Leeton and discover what Yanco has to offer.
Just five kilometres south of Leeton, and linked via a bike trail, the village of Yanco was the location for the beginning of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), from which much of the Shire’s prosperity springs.
A visit to Yanco offers fascinating insights into the origins of the MIA, and some fun things to see and do for the whole family.
Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre
Covering over 800 hectares, the Institute is recognised for its research, advisory and farming facilities, especially for rice growing. Discover how a Japanese parliamentarian, Mr Isaburo Takasuka, played an important role in the development of the rice industry here by sharing his expertise in rice farming. A monument in his honour stands at the site of one of his trial plots of Japonica rice. Educational delegations and group tours of the Institute are welcome by prior appointment.
Yanco Powerhouse Museum
Boasting a miniature railway, which is always popular with children, as well as displays of memorabilia and historical photos, the Yanco Power Station was built in 1913 to supply power to the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. The museum is open from 10am to 4pm on the last Sunday of every month. Volunteers also hold a Railway Action Day from 10am to 4pm.
Samuel McCaughey’s sandstone mansion, built on his North Yanko property in 1899, is now the main office building for the Yanco Agricultural High School. It earlier contained the main dormitory and classrooms for the school. The school welcomes inspections of the building during school hours by appointment.
McCaughey Bicentennial Park
Yanco village's McCaughey Bicentennial Park features a natural spring-fed waterhole, providing a haven for swans, geese, ducks and other water birds. It offers areas for walking, bird watching, family activities including barbeques and picnics, with play equipment to entertain the children and is home to the Sir Samuel McCaughey statue, erected in his memory in 2013.