The Historical Ghost Town of Joadja

j4The ghost town of Joadja is located in a deep valley in the Southern Highlands of NSW Australia, its has always been and always will be a privately owned town. The town was established in 1870 after a mining company bought the land and started to mine for oil shale, the refined shale was used to produce paraffin wax, kerosene, lubricating oils and greases. And a town was born and in its hey day it was home for 1200.people many of whom were immigrants from Scotland, and in the early 1900 the town slowly became a ghost town and was left, so nature could reclaim this piece of Australian history.


These days the owner of Joadja opens the gates for guided tours a few selected weekends a year with a morning and afternoon with tours at 11am and again at 2pm and tours last around 80 minutes and costing $20 an adult and $5 a child accompanied by and adult.


The tour is conducted with the use of people movers, which is a trailer with bench seating with a roof structure. These trailers are towed behind a 4WD. The guide stops along the way to explain the history of the town and it’s people and the mining. There is a few chances to get out of the people mover and explore the ruins of this historical town and snap some great photo’s while enjoying the stunning Australian bush.

The tour wraps up with a tour of the Joadja Whisky Distillery, with plenty of information on producing whisky and the other products the distillery produces. There is a cafe for   snacks or a meal before or after a tour.


Phone – (02) 4878 5129

Joadja Tours and Distillery website Here

How to get to Joadja  with google maps Here

GPS Coordinates – 34°24’15.3″S 150°13’40.3″E

Author: Andy and Trish

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