Welcome to Joadja

Joadja is our working farm and home first and foremost. We just happen to have a national heritage site in our backyard! We feel it would be a crime to lock Joadja up for another 100 years and let it crumble under our feet. So we have partnered with others to carry on with the conservation and some restoration of structures and items on site to ensure generations in the future can witness the struggles and triumphs of the thousands of Scottish miners brought out to help exploit the rich kerosene shale locked in Joadja Creek. We want you to come and visit this magic property. But we need your help. Unfortunately, tours of Joadja are simply not financially viable, so we can't open to the general public every day. We have listed a few days (below) per year where you can come and visit this magical and mysterious valley. We strongly recommend that you phone us on the morning of the listed open day to ensure access is safe (from bushfires and floods). Private and Group Bookings can also be made but minimum numbers and conditions apply.

It's your heritage. Take a look!

Valero and Elisa Jimenez


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

SUNDAY 24 April


SUNDAY 22 May (11am tour booked out.

2pm tour seats still available, call now 48785129)


SUNDAY 19 June


SUNDAY 31 July

SUNDAY 14 August

SUNDAY 28 August

SUNDAY 11 September

SUNDAY 25 September


(Please call (02) 48785129 to check weather and road conditions on the morning of your intended visit)

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 and self-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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