Memory Lane, Tourism Victoria

Population 950

Yackandandah, with its avenues of English trees and traditional buildings, is so rich with history that the entire town is National Trust–classified. It is situated in the heart of the north-east goldfields region. In fact, many of the town's creeks still yield alluvial gold.

Visitor Information

The Old Post Office, 37 High St; (02) 6027 1988


Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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In Town

Historic buildings: the post office, several banks and general stores, with the Bank of Victoria now preserved as a museum, open Sun and school holidays. Explore these and other buildings on a self-guide walk; details from visitor centre; High St.

Ray Riddington's Premier Store and Gallery: displays and sales of local art; High St.

The Old Stone Bridge: a beautiful old structure, built in 1857; High St.

Arts and crafts: many outlets in town, including Yackandandah Workshop, cnr Kars and Hammond sts, and Wildon Thyme, High St.

Antiques: Finders Bric-a-Brac and Old Wares, High St; Frankly Speaking, High St; and Vintage Sounds Restoration, specialising in antique gramophones, radios and telephones, Windham St.

Rosedale Garden and Tea Rooms: Devonshire teas; Kars St.


Kars Reef Goldmine: take a tour of this fascinating old goldmine, or try your hand at gold panning (licence required); details of tours from visitor centre; Kars St.

Lavender Patch Plant Farm: sales of plants and lavender products; Beechworth Rd; 4 km W.

Kirbys Flat Pottery and Gallery: Kirbys Flat Rd; open weekends or by appt; 4 km S.

Indigo Valley: a picturesque area with a scenic drive leading along the valley floor to Barnawatha; 6 km NW.

Allans Flat: a great destination for food lovers, with The Vienna Patisserie for coffee, ice-cream and delicious Austrian cakes (closed Tues). Also here are Parks Wines and Schmidt's Strawberry Winery, both with tastings and sales; 10 km NE.

Wombat Valley Tramways: a small-gauge railway; open Easter or by appt for groups; Leneva; 16 km NE.

Fishing spots near town

Kiewa River 35 km

High Country waterways are popular with fly-fishers looking for gin-clear water with good numbers of trout. In this regard, the Kiewa River near Mount Beauty rates as one of the State’s best waters, although it... Find out more

Lake Hume 36 km

Albury–Wodonga is ideal for anyone seeking a variety of freshwater fishing. The list of fish species on offer reads like a Who’s Who of southern Australian freshwater fish. It includes Murray cod,... Find out more

Lower Mitta Mitta 41 km

Wodonga-based fly-fishing guide Scott McPherson accompanied me on one trip on the lower Mitta Mitta. We were wading a stretch of river near Eskdale early in the morning. I recommend not only waders for this activity, but... Find out more

Lake Buffalo 48 km

Two productive lakes in this region are Lake Buffalo, 20 km south of Myrtleford, and Lake William Hovell, 60 km south of Wangaratta. Both waters have boat-launching facilities, but fishing here can be difficult during... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Wine-tasting - Rutherglen region 44 km

The Rutherglen region in the far north of the state is renowned particularly for its fortified ports and muscats, perfect for a winter’s night. There are no organically certified wineries in the area, although... Find out more

Cycling - Murray to the Mountains and High Country Rail Trails 47 km

With 100 kilometres of safe, sealed bitumen surface to pedal on, the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail is the most developed rail trail in the state, and therefore very popular, with more than 40 000 people estimated to... Find out more

Kayaking around Bright 47 km

The operator 5 Star Adventure Tours offers a huge range of eco-accredited tours and activities in the High Country, particularly targeting those who like a few little luxuries on the way. One of the most popular trips is... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Haig Room Restaurant

Built in 1863, this popular hotel bistro does classic pub food a rung or two above what you might expect. They know their patrons do not always have huge appetites and so offer smaller serves such as half schnitzels and... Find out more

Sticky Tarts Cafe

This charming reproduction shopfront cafe looks every bit as historic as its neighbours, possibly because it was built from recycled timbers and fittings. With seating on the pavement as well as on a rear deck, it offers... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Bridge Road Brewers 15 km

Ben Kraus originally trained as a winemaker but his head was turned in the direction of craft brewing during a stint working in Western Australia’s Margaret River region. The cluster of microbreweries in this... Find out more

Bright Brewery 47 km

The original Bright Brewery shut down in 1916 and this modern incarnation was started by a quartet of ‘ale changers’ – couples David and Julie Cocks, and Scott Brandon and Fiona Reddaway – some 90... Find out more

Campsites around town

Stanley Forest camping areas 5 km

Numerous camping areas have been cleared alongside Yackandandah Creek – access is off Yack Gate Rd and Number One Rd. Make sure your chosen campsite is at least 20 m away from the creek or any other watercourse.... Find out more

Reedy Creek camping area 22 km

In the southern section of the national park, several bush-camping sites are scattered alongside Reedy Creek, which winds from near Woolshed Falls to the fancifully named Eldorado gold dredge. To get here, take the road... Find out more

Richardsons Bend camping area 31 km

Take Kings Rd off the Old Barnawartha Rd to reach Richardsons Bend, which lies a few kilometres north-west of Barnawartha North. Note: like many of the tracks leading to sites beside the Murray River, this route is... Find out more

Doolans Bend camping area 35 km

Doolans Bend is one of many twists and turns in the Murray River to the immediate north-west of Barnawartha North. Fishing, canoeing and swimming tend to make up the daily agenda here, with long breaks between activities... Find out more

Nug Nug Reserve camping area 40 km

This picturesque camping area has plenty of sites to spread out in, and facilities that include cold showers. There are also concrete tennis courts if you tire of water-based activities. Right next door is Mt Buffalo... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 44 km

On the northern fringe of Wangaratta, off the Old Hume Hwy, is the North Cedars Holiday Park. This is a tranquil spot, with plenty of trees and a reasonable amount of space allowed between each of the campsites. The... Find out more

Lake Catani camping area 47 km

It’s possible to camp among the snow gums on the eastern side of Lake Catani. From Lake Catani, cycle or stroll the 2 km track leading to the Gorge, where there are some sublime views of distant mountains. The... Find out more

Shaws Flat camping area 48 km

This camping spot is only 7 km north of Rutherglen, forcing visitors to choose between another swim or more fishing, and a trip to a local winery for a glass of fine wine and a long lunch – tough decisions must be... Find out more

Cottontree camping area 48 km

This lovely camping area is west of the town of Granya, down Webbs La. Take the short walk from here to the seasonal Granya Falls, which passes by a Scout hut built in the 1930s. A tad more challenging is the 6 km... Find out more

Gooramadda State Forest (Police Paddocks) camping area 48 km

The Police Paddocks are so named because police horses used to have a rest in the vicinity in the late 19th century. Nowadays it’s campers who put themselves out to pasture here to take a break from heavy activity.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Borderland Holiday Park 23 km

The park is on the western edge of town in a quiet off-highway location. It has good facilities and is our choice of parks in the town area.... Find out more

Albury Central Tourist Park 29 km

This centrally located park is about 2 km from the city centre in a quiet, off-highway location. It has good facilities including a tennis court. This is a basic park, but a good base for exploring the greater Albury... Find out more

Lake Hume Tourist Park 29 km

On the shores of Lake Hume and 14 km from Albury, this park makes an ideal holiday base. It features a store, with a good takeaway-food selection. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies... Find out more

Albury Citygate Holiday Park 32 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Highway and located on the northern fringe of greater Albury, this is an ideal park for an overnight stop or longer. Pets allowed in own caravan or motorhome.... Find out more

North Cedars Holiday Park 44 km

Located about 4 km north-east of the township, this is a good quality park in a quiet location on what was once the old highway prior to the opening of the bypass.... Find out more

Painters Island Caravan Park 46 km

Less than 1 km from the town centre, this nicely appointed park is situated on the banks of the Ovens River. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Creek Haven Cottage

Surrounded by a beautiful garden on a 12‑hectare property with creek frontage a few kilometres from Yackandandah, this self-contained cottage is set well away from the main homestead and offers accommodation for up to... Find out more

Karalilla B&B

Located just 5 kilometres from town, this traditional B&B is housed in a beautifully restored 1911 homestead surrounded by a beautiful cottage garden on 16 hectares in the tranquil Ben Valley. There are two in-house... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

The Odd Frog, Bright 48 km

This place comprises five funky new luxury studios on a 4-hectare Land for Wildlife property. The studios have been architecturally designed to have minimal impact on the environment, with thought even given to their... Find out more

The Buckland, Bright 48 km

With the same architect as The Odd Frog, The Buckland’s four luxury studio retreats have similar eco-design principles, and thousands of trees have been planted on the site. They are also powered by green energy.... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Ironbark rest area 26 km

38km NE of Wangaratta (L)

Just off the freeway under shady trees. For northbound only.

Chiltern rest area 26 km

29km SW of Wodonga (L)

Secluded among the trees just off the freeway. For southbound only.

Burgoigee Creek rest area 28 km

29km SE of Wangaratta (L) or 17km NW of Myrtleford (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Myrtleford park area 29 km

At Myrtleford

Adjacent to the highway. On the west side of town.

Pioneer Bridges rest area 32 km

T/O to Markwood

Shady area on a riverbank 2km south of the highway.

Browns Plains rest area 35 km

18km E of Rutherglen (L) or 26km W of Wodonga (R)

Just off the highway among some large trees.

Eurobin rest area 36 km

17km SE of Myrtleford (L) or 15km NW of Bright (R)

Just off the highway at the old railway station site.

Howlong rest area 41 km

T/O 16km E of Rutherglen (L) or 28km W of Wodonga (R)

Overlooking a river 7km north of the highway on the road to Howlong.

Police Paddocks camping area 48 km

T/O 2km E of Rutherglen (L) or 42km W of Wodonga (R)

Large area 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Gooramadda and Police Paddock rds. Located on the banks of Murphys Creek in Gooramadda State Forest.

What's on around town

Produce swap: Main St; 3rd Sat each month.

Cinema: Memorial hall complex, High St; every 2nd Fri night.

Folk Festival: Mar.

Annual Garage Sale: Oct.

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