Looking for canola fields NSW? The time is ripe to take the four-hour drive from Sydney visit to the iconic Cootamundra canola fields as they come into bloom and colour the paddocks fluorescent yellow! 


We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the Country on which this adventure takes place who have occupied and cared for the lands, waters, and their inhabitants, for thousands of years. We pay our respects to them and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded.

About NSW Canola Fields

The blindingly bright canola fields across southern NSW bloom every year around the start of spring, mostly throughout September, and they light up the countryside like no other time of year. 

Safety note: Please don’t enter the canola fields. You risk trampling the fields and ruining the crop, ingesting pesticide, or carrying pests on your shoes into the crop.


Cootamundra's Canola Fields & The Sugar Pine Forest (NSW), Alfonso Calero, Riverina, NSW, windmill

NSW Canola Fields History

Canola was first grown commercially in Australia in 1969 and the country is now the world’s second-largest exporter of canola seed.

How to Get to Cootamundra Canola Fields

Sydney to Cootamundra is around a 4-hour drive.

Head out of Sydney down the Hume Highway and turn off at Jugiong.

The canola fields are located on Old Gundagai Road, and Rosehill and Jugiong Roads near Cootamundra.

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What It’s Like to Visit Cootamundra Canola Fields

Visiting the Central West and southern areas of NSW during the start of spring is an absolute delight. If you’ve never witnessed the fluorescent yellow canola in person, you may think your eyes (or even the farmers) are playing tricks on you. But this is all real, baby! 


Cootamundra's Canola Fields & The Sugar Pine Forest (NSW), Alfonso Calero, Riverina, NSW, canola flowers, dead tree


Rolling hills of green pastures are suddenly contrasted by a bold line of yellow, with some paddocks making a patchwork effect or leaving gaps in the crop for towering gums to pockmark the countryside. Start counting now how many times you say, ‘Wow!’.

From germination to seed production, the life cycle of a canola plant takes about 3.5 months, depending on temperature, moisture, sunlight and soil fertility. Make sure you visit in late winter/spring to see them at their best.

We can’t guarantee the flowers will be blooming, so do your research before you go!

Read more: Remember to leave no trace!


Cootamundra's Canola Fields & The Sugar Pine Forest (NSW), Alfonso Calero, Riverina, NSW, canola flowers


Flying overhead you’re likely to see planes spraying the fields. Crop dusting refers to dropping actual dust on crops, so the pilots generally prefer the term ‘aerial application’ or ‘ag application’.

Regardless, these guys are really well trained and watching them in action from a distance is quite a spectacle. However, I suggest you stand back as the chemicals they drop are quite toxic and should not be breathed in!

Essential Gear

  • Hat
  • Camera
  • Enclosed shoes
  • Water
  • Snacks

Tips For Visiting NSW Canola Fields

  • Don’t enter the canola fields – this is private property and someone’s livelihood. Admire from a safe roadside zone or the car as you drive past
  • Canola fields can be found in regions across southern NSW, so if you’re visiting somewhere where there’s lots of other people, go for a drive and find a quieter spot, there are plenty around
  • Whatever you do, don’t forget your camera! 
  • Make a road trip out of it and stop in at all the country towns along the way


Cootamundra's Canola Fields & The Sugar Pine Forest (NSW), Alfonso Calero, Riverina, NSW, canola flowers, tree

NSW Canola Fields FAQs

Where are NSW canola fields located?

You can find canola fields across country NSW around towns like Young, Boorowoa, Temora, Harden, Cootamundra, Cowra, and Canowindra.


How do you get to NSW canola fields?

Take the Hume Highway out of Sydney and continue for a few hours until you reach the turn-off for either Boorowa, Harden, or Cootamundra. You’ll find canola fields sprawled along the back roads between all of these towns. 


When are the NSW canola fields open?

The canola is in bloom around the start of spring each year, however that doesn’t mean the fields are open for the public to come in.