Yarralumla Woolshed

Looking for a venue with a difference for that special event?

The Yarralumla Woolshed is a unique piece of Canberra’s history and a venue for hire. This is a perfect location for events such as birthdays, bush dances, weddings, promotions, small scale musical performances and Christmas parties.

The venue capacity is 200 guests and it is located at 210 Cotter Road in Yarralumla.


In 1902, good rainfalls broke a severe drought of several years’ duration. This led to greater prosperity for local property owners allowing them to construct new farm buildings. The Yarralumla Woolshed was one of these.

Frederick Campbell constructed the Yarralumla Woolshed in 1904. The Federal Government resumed this historic property in 1913 and the nearby Yarralumla homestead has served as the residence of the Governor-General.

During WWI the woolshed was used to store building materials for the construction of Canberra’s main sewer and other public works, and later partitioned with galvanised iron to form sleeping areas for labourers on various building sites in the new city.

In 1917 local farmers asked that the shed be used again for shearing. Initially leased to shearing contractors the McInnes brothers, several local families formed Yarralumla Pty Ltd and leased the woolshed. Shearing ceased in November 1964.

Since the 1970s, the building has become an important Canberra community social venue, particularly as a focus for bush dances and folk music activities. Various organisations, including the Monaro Folk Society, continue to use it as a venue for dances.

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