Tyabb shopping strip at the intersection of Mornington-Tyabb Road and Frankston-Flinders Road
|• Density||49.71/km2 (128.76/sq mi)|
|Area||66.5 km2 (25.7 sq mi)|
|LGA(s)||Shire of Mornington Peninsula|
Tyabb is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, as a part of the urban enclave on Westernport comprising Tyabb, Hastings, Bittern, Crib Point, and Somerville. Its local government area is the Shire of Mornington Peninsula. It is served by the Tyabb railway station on the Stony Point railway line.
The Post Office opened on 9 March 1891 shortly after the arrival of the railway in 1889. The local area was well known as a fruit growing area in the early twentieth century and was identified by the "TYCOS" brand, which was the name used by the local growers co-operative.
Tyabb is a small township with three small primary schools (Tyabb, the largest; Flinders, a Christian college; and Tyabb Railway, the smallest, with around 120 students), a Country Fire Authority station, bakery, newsagent, antique store, motel, cafe and unmanned railway station. There are a number of businesses in the town including fruit processing, cabinet makers, arborists, Motel, cafes, Pharmacy, Equine outfitters and engineering workshops.
Tyabb is well known for its many antique shops. The largest, the Tyabb Packing House Antique complex is housed in an historic Cool Store building dating from the area's fruit growing past. The Tyabb Packing House Antique complex reputedly has one of the largest retail antique collections under one roof in the southern hemisphere. There are several other antique shops in the Tyabb township.
Tyabb also has Tyabb Airport, a private airfield which has been operating for more than thirty years. The airfield hosted an internationally recognised Air Show for several years. The airfield provides access to the area for emergency services. It is also an important part of the town's economy. Tyabb Airport has plans to develop and expand its runways and helipads. The expansion plan has met with objection from some residents of the town, although others are in favour..
In the last decade there has been rapid residential development in the town, changing its rural character. Tyabb has its own cricket and football teams known as the Yabbies competing in the Mornington Peninsula Nepean Football League. There is also a baseball team, the Bulldogs, that plays at the central ground.
Tyabb also has a Craft Village that boasts a number of artisans including a; mosaic, Garden art, Milliner, potter, Manufacturing Jeweller, quilt maker, teddy bears, image consultant and painters / Art Gallery.
Tyabb is one of the few towns in Australia that does not have a pub. Although the town is over 100 years old it has never had a pub, however two liquor vendors are operating in the town.
Tyabb has given its name to the Tyabb Fault, an ancient geological formation extending from Tyabb across the Peninsula to Mornington, and Tyabb Loam, the characteristic soil of the district. The Tyabb Fault produces many small earthquakes throughout the year.
Tyabb was the scene of a brutal murder scene where an eleven-year-old boy, Luke Batty, was stabbed to death by his father, following cricket practice on 12 February 2014. His father was shot dead by police at the scene.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Tyabb (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
- Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
- Rosie Batty, mother of Luke Batty, 11, tells of heartbreak after his death at hands of his father at Tyabb cricket oval, The Daily Telegraph, 12 February 2014