Next Departure Date: 12 Feb 2019
Member Price (per person): $125
Non Member Price (per person): $145
Tour Duration: 1 Day
There is something fascinating about a ghost town – in the fallen chimneys, derelict buildings and crumbling gravestones. Joadja Creek is such a ghost town – a decaying reminder of a century ago when this isolated valley housed a thriving community employed in the mining and refining of shale oil and coal. Joadja Creek was originally the site of the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company Ltd. It was once a small thriving mining community nestled in a valley outside the town of Mittagong. Visit the historic town, refinery and shale mines of Joadja, home to 1,200 Scots in the 1800’s (although many families also came from England, Ireland and Australia). It is believed that the name “Joadja” is a Scottish corruption of the name of an early settler Joe Hatcher. Joadja Creek grew to become an important part of the development of NSW, providing fuel and lubricants for the domestic market and export earnings. Despite its remarkable success (the AKO was listed on the Stock Exchange), by 1907 the company was in liquidation and the mines and works closed. Joadja is set on 800 acres of glorious park land, ready for you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding ecology, flora and fauna.
We depart Queanbeyan and Canberra travelling on the Federal Highway to Berrima, then onto Joadja. On arrival we will have morning tea. After morning tea, we commence a 90-minute guided tour operated by people movers. During this time the guide will take you through the ruins of a time gone by, bringing alive the extraordinary window into this part of Australia’s heritage. After our tour we will have a BBQ lunch, followed by a whiskey distillery tour and tastings before heading back to Canberra after a fascinating day out. Drop offs commence at approximately 6.00pm.Booking Request Download Brochure Terms & Conditions