Welcome to Joadja

Joadja is open to the general public on SELECTED Sundays only. These are shown below.

We conduct private tours all year round. Minimum 20 visitors required to form a private 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!


Licensed CAFE &


Open 9am to 4pm

during open days


2016 (We recommend you book to secure a seat on the people movers!) Call 4878 5129 or email us).

This is the last open day for 2016

SUNDAY 4 December

Tours at 11am and 2pm


(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.

OPEN DATES (Guided Tours at 11AM and 2PM)

Licensed Cafe open 9am to 4pm on open days

TOURS (of the Joadja Ghost Town Ruins on our purpose-built "people movers". This tour runs for approx. 80 minutes).

Adults: $ 20

Children (under 16): $ 5 (must be accompanied by parent or guardian)

Guided tours start at 11am and at 2pm

Ph: (02) 48785129

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 20 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!

Joadja Town - Mining Farming History

Joadja is an historic town where thousands of miners worked the rich kerosene shale deposit in the late 1800's. Now it is a working farm. A small distillery operates and the public can come and visit the fascinating ruins and distillery on limited selected open days. Joadja is a listed heritage property of national significance.


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