Joadja Historic Town

Joadja Historic Town and Distillery

Joadja was a kerosene shale mining town which operated from 1878 to 1911 under the management of The Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Co.

After the collapse of the industry, the town was sold in 1911 and it's people left the valley. Today, the property is open for visitors wanting to explore this bygone era and the natural beauty of this hauntingly magical place.

The new Joadja Distillery pays homage to the thosands of Scottish miners and their families who made the journey to this country all those years ago. 

Joadja is open for private group bookings on a "rent a town" basis (Ts andCs apply) or you can join a tour on one of the many open days listed below. We recommend you book as we have limited seats on the guided tour tractor-train (people movers). Please note that due to Council restrictions, visitors are not allowed to wander around the property.

You can book a private guided tour where you have virtually unlimited access to the valley (minimum charges, Ts and Cs apply. Email us for more information on this option). 


Tours of the Joadja Historic Site are conducted at 11am and again at 2pm on the following dates. These tours run approx. 90 minutes and are conducted using our purpose-built people movers, so you will not be having to walk much. There will be opportunities for you to get off the people mover and walk around the ruins, take photos, etc. After the tour of the ruins you can also do the Joadja Distillery Tour which is FREE OF CHARGE and includes tastings (So if you only want to do a Distillery Tour and/or tasting, this is free of charge and you don't need to book through this website. We recommend you check the website for more information). You will see the magic behind how we make Single Malt Whisky, Dry Gin, Rum, Brandy and more. The Joadja Cafe will be open for lunch and is fully licenced. Please note that there are no picnic areas available due to Council Regulations and you are not permitted to bring your own alcohol due to OLGR Licensing Regulations.

We advise that the Historic Tour is not recommended for children under 5 years of age.

Sunday 27 May 2018 11am and 2pm tours   

Sunday 10 June 2018  11am and 2pm tours 

Sunday 1 July 2018 11am and 2pm tours    

Cancellation Policy: We reserve the right to cancel an event for any reason including but not limited to dangerous weather, bushfire, flooding and a full refund will be issued. You may transfer your booking to another date (for the same type of tour) by giving us MORE THAN 3 working days written notice to and you may cancel your booking altogether with full refund by giving us MORE THAN 5 working days notice to
No other refunds will apply. Please note that we hold the tours in cold or wet weather. If you wish to cancel due to wet or cold weather we suggest you cancel with more than 5 days written notice as stated above. We recommend you look for weather forecasts well in advance.
Please note that Joadja tours are conducted in the outdoors and there are natural inherent danger such as uneven and rough walking surfaces, trees and potential for falling trees and other vegetation, falling rocks, dust, animals, etc. The tours are also conducted on trailers/people movers which move and may bounce and shake from time to time. If you have a back injury or other health issues where exposure to sharp motion, dust, wind, etc may cause injury or discomfort, we recommend you do not take this tour. You may be able to request a seat in the people mover tow vehicle subject to availability. Please enquire prior to booking.


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