Population 1051

This town sits by the Yea River, a tributary of the Goulburn River. Hume and Hovell, the first explorers through the region, discovered this wonderfully fertile area – a discovery that led in part to the settlement of the rest of Victoria. Near the Yea–Tallarook Road there are beautiful gorges and fern gullies, a reminder of what Yea looked like thousands of years ago.

Visitor Information

Old Railway Station, Station St; (03) 5797 2663

Nearby national parks

  • Kinglake National Park

    Surrounding the township of Kinglake, this bush retreat close to Melbourne offers views of the Yarra Valley, the city skyline and Port...more

  • Yarra Ranges National Park

    Lofty mountain ash bathed in mist, rare and endangered plants and animals, snow in winter and pristine pockets of bushland make Yarra Ranges...more

  • Brisbane Ranges National Park

    In Brisbane Ranges National Park low mountains are dissected by rugged gorges and hidden gullies with basalt grasslands and woodlands. An...more

Nearby towns

  • Alexandra

    Alexandra was apparently named after Alexandra, Princess of Wales, although, coincidentally, three men named Alexander discovered gold here...more

  • Seymour

    Seymour is a commercial, industrial and agricultural town on the Goulburn River. The area was recommended for a military base by Lord...more

  • Eildon

    Eildon established itself as a town to service dam workers, and later holiday-makers, when the Goulburn River was dammed to create Lake...more

In Town

Historic buildings: Beaufort Manor, High St; General Store, now a restaurant, High St.

Wetlands Walk:sightings of abundant birdlife and glider possums; eastern outskirts of town.


Murrindindi Reserve: see the impressive Murrindindi Cascades and a variety of wildlife including wombats, platypus and lyrebirds; 11 km SE.

Ibis Rookery: Kerrisdale; 17 km W.

Flowerdale Winery: Whittlesea–Yea Rd; 23 km SW.

Grotto: a beautiful old church set in the hillside; Caveat; 27 km N.

Berry King Farm: pick your own fruit; Two Hills Rd, Glenburn; 28 km S.

Wilhelmina Falls: spectacular falls and a great spot for walks and picnics; access via Melba Hwy; 32 km S.

Kinglake National Park: 32 km S; see Yarra Glen.

Mineral springs: Dropmore, off back road to Euroa; 47 km N.

Scenic drives: many in the region. Best time is Aug–Sept when wattles are in bloom; maps from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Goulburn River 25 km

The Goulburn River from Eildon Pondage to Alexandra is one of the most popular stretches of trout water in Victoria. Places like Thornton, ‘Gilmore’s Bridge’ and the Breakaway, where the Acheron River... Find out more

Rubicon River 35 km

The Rubicon, one of Victoria’s legendary trout waters, is popular with trout anglers who fish using all methods available. Rising in forested hills with a steep gradient in the headwaters, the river varies from... Find out more

Eildon Pondage 44 km

Boating is not allowed on Eildon Pondage, which is just below the dam wall at Eildon. Nevertheless, it is one of the most heavily fished waters in the state and is an ideal family spot, with barbecues and toilet... Find out more

Lake Eildon 45 km

Lake Eildon is Victoria’s most popular freshwater fishing spot. Part of its popularity is due to its proximity to metropolitan Melbourne. Lilydale is just a 90 min drive away, either over the Black Spur or via Yea.... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Bicentennial National Trail - Healesville starting point 50 km

Acclaimed as the longest-marked, nonmotorised, multi-use trekking route in the world, this track traverses an incredible 5330 kilometres from Healesville to Cooktown in north Queensland, passing through 18 national... Find out more

Golf courses around town

RACV Healesville Country Club 49 km

Of the 120 golf courses featured throughout these pages, the new layout at Healesville is the odd one out. It could, in fact, be considered a minnow among giants, for this par-68 measures only 4872 metres from the... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


This rustic cafe and produce store is housed in a charming 1880s heritage-listed building, which was once a bustling general store in this former goldmining town. High ceilings, original long counter benches and open... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company 50 km

Craft brewers come from all sorts of different backgrounds but classical pianist Simon Walkenhorst and his opera singer wife Beth Williams are among the more exotic. Together, they started Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company... Find out more

Campsites around town

Molesworth Caravan Park 11 km

There are decent facilities at Molesworth Caravan Park, including a laundry, showers and BBQs. It's located in a riverside reserve, signposted north off the hwy to the west of the bridge over the Goulburn River.... Find out more

Brooks River Reserve camping area 22 km

To reach this compact camping area, head north-west out of historic Alexandra township on the Maroondah Hwy and turn west on Swanns La, which leads down to the banks of the Goulburn River. There are fireplaces here but... Find out more

SEC camping area (walk-in camping) 23 km

The SEC camping area is a walk-in site. It’s signposted off Murrindindi Rd.... Find out more

Suspension Bridge camping area 23 km

The Suspension Bridge camping area is signposted off Murrindindi Rd about 200 m north of the Blackwood access. This site can accommodate smaller caravans.... Find out more

Blackwood camping area 23 km

Around  1 km from the forest boundary along Murrindindi Rd is signposted access to the Blackwood campsites.... Find out more

Trawool Reservoir camping area 23 km

You’ll need a 4WD to get out to Trawool Reservoir, an old water storage at the northern edge of the forest. Drive along Main Rd and turn onto East Falls Rd. For some good views of the surrounding area, head up Mt... Find out more

Pine Tree camping area 23 km

About 2.8 km north of Water Gauge, you’ll see signposted access off Murrindindi Rd to the Pine Tree camping area.... Find out more

Freemans camping area 24 km

Formerly the site of a forestry camp, Freemans is now regularly occupied by picnickers and other daytrippers. The open nature of the site makes it good for families and other large groups. Get onto Main Rd from Ennis Rd,... Find out more

No. 1 Camp camping area 26 km

Gatherings of horseriders and other large groups often base themselves at No. 1 Camp, which is a spacious open site – you’re likely to have company if you stay here. Turn east on North Mountain Rd at... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Goulburn River Tourist Park 33 km

This park is about 1 km from the town centre in a quiet off-highway location on the banks of the Goulburn River. The park offers good clean facilities and is easily accessible. There are canoes for hire. Bookings... Find out more

Euroa Caravan and Cabin Park 52 km

Just a short walk to the centre of town, this park stretches along the banks of the creek. It is a good spot in a lovely setting and has a large number of tourist sites. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Cheviot Glen Cottages

Located on a 170-hectare beef and sheep property in the Cheviot Hills near Yea, these two country cottages enjoy a peaceful aspect over the lovely countryside, with cattle and sheep grazing as far as the eye can see.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Yea East rest area 1 km

1km E of Yea (R) or 30km W of Alexandra (L)

Just off the highway under shady trees.

Sheepwash Lagoon rest area 10 km

11km E of Yea (R) or 20km W of Alexandra (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.      

King Parrot Creek rest area 16 km

21km SE of Seymour (L) or 17km NW of Yea (R)

Well off the highway under some large trees.

Koriella rest area 22 km

25km E of Yea (L) or 6km NW of Alexandra (R)

Large area adjacent to the highway. Good shade.

Trawool rest area 24 km

10km SE of Seymour (L) or 28km NW of Yea (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Grass Tree rest area 35 km

11km NE of Seymour (L) 

Just off the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Coach Road rest area 35 km

89km S of Benalla (L)

Just off the freeway among a few trees. For southbound only.

Taungurung rest area 38 km

19km S of Nagambie (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees. For southbound only.

What's on around town

Market: local craft and produce; Main St; 1st Sat each month Sept–May.

Autumn Fest: Mar.

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