Joadja Creek is the historical site of the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company Ltd.
Once home to an expansive shale mine and township during the late 19th century. The mining technology that remains in the valley is of national heritage significance, being the only model of its type left in the world. Joadja Creek, which cuts through the valley, is a beautiful spring-fed waterway that never runs dry. It is the life source of the diverse flora and fauna that has reclaimed this once busy industrial site. We list a few days each year where you can come and visit this magical and mysterious valley which includes the shale retorts, miners cottages, School of Arts,refinery area and cemetery. We strongly recommend that you phone us on the morning of the listed open day to ensure access is safe. Private and Group Bookings can also be made but minimum numbers and conditions apply.
The Scottish heritage in the valley and the history of “sly grog” has inspired the Jimenez family who currently own and manage Joadja Town, to establish Joadja Distillery in 2014. The Jimenez family has also tapped into their own Spanish heritage and have sourced ex-Oloroso and ex-Pedro Ximenez butts from Spain to mature their Whisky. These barrels are historically known to be the types of barrels that the Scots consider the best to mature whisky and we are lucky enough to have the Spanish language and connection to be able to source and ship them to Australia and fill them with our own Australia made natural grain spirit.
Visit the cellar door where you will experience how we harness nature’s ingredients to produce a truly unique Australian Whisky and have a wee tasting of our Joadja Wee Heavy Scottish Ale while we wait for our whisky to mature. With fully guided tours on offer, a café on site and the opportunity to visit a site of world heritage significance, Joadja is a great day out, so bring everyone and experience it for yourself!
- Light Snacks Available
- Off Street Parking