Welcome to Joadja

Joadja is open to the general public on SELECTED Sundays only. Email us for a list of dates for 2017.

We also conduct private tours all year round for clubs, Probus, corporate, team building, schools, 4WD clubs, etc. Minimum of 20 visitors  required  to form a private (weekday) group booking (30 minimum for a weekend booking).

Tours include a 90 minute fully guided tour of the Historic Joadja Town on our purpose built tractor-trollies as well as a tour of the Joadja Distillery where we show you how we make Single Malt Whisky, Rum, Brandy, Gin, Vodka and even a little beer for a bit of fun!

Go to our Joadja Distillery Website CLICK HERE


Licensed CAFE &


Open 9am to 4pm

during open days

Email us for a list of open days for 2017


(Please call (02) 48785129 to check weather and road conditions on the morning of your intended visit) Please take extra care on the unsealed sections of road on approach. Slow down as there are blind corners and narrow tracks.

TOURS (of the Joadja Ghost Town Ruins on our purpose-built "people movers". This tour runs for approx. 90 minutes).

Adults: $ 25/person (add $5/person to include morning or afternoon tea on arrival)

Children (under 16): $ 5 (add $5/person to include morning or afternoon tea on arrival) must be accompanied by parent or guardian

Private Group Bookings

Why wait for an open day? Did you know you can visit Joadja anytime for a private tour? Probus, Historical Societies, 4WD Clubs, Corporate, Adventure, Eco Tourism, Family gatherings, etc. available all week round (Minimum 25 people. T's & C's apply)

The conservation work carried out at Joadja during 2013 and 2014 was supported by the Federal Government under the Department of the Environment and the "Your Community Heritage Program"


Come and explore the historic valley of Joadja, a pocket of national heritage nestled away in the Southern Highlands. Only 25kms west of Mittagong, Joadja town was founded on a shale seam and the Scottish workers brought out to mine it. The mine closed early in the 20th century, and the town was abandoned.

The buildings were left to the elements, and nature has slowly regained its hold on much of the valley. The ruins that remain, however, tell the story of those that lived, worked and perished here.

The mining technology that made the valley so prosperous in its time stands as the last of its kind in the world. Joadja truly is a gem of world heritage significance and an intriguing part of Australia's industrial history.

With fully guided tours on offer, Joadja is a great day out for the whole family, so bring everyone and experience it for yourself!

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