Tarrawarra, Victoria

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Tarrawarra is located in Melbourne
Coordinates37°39′25″S 145°25′26″E / 37.657°S 145.424°E / -37.657; 145.424Coordinates: 37°39′25″S 145°25′26″E / 37.657°S 145.424°E / -37.657; 145.424
Population78 (2016 census)[1]
Location45 km (28 mi) from Melbourne
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)McEwen
Localities around Tarrawarra:
Yarra Glen Dixons Creek Healesville
Yarra Glen Tarrawarra Healesville
Yering Coldstream Coldstream

Tarrawarra is a locality in Victoria, Australia, 45 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges.

It was originally known as View Hill estate, and was purchased in 1893 by David Syme, owner and publisher of The Age newspaper, who expanded it and gave it its present name, which is of Aboriginal origin. The name refers to "slow waters", describing the local arc in the Yarra River. The Post Office opened on 4 June 1900 and closed in 1957.[2]

Tarrawarra railway station opened with the opening of the Healesville line on 1 March 1889 and closed with the line on 9 December 1980. The station is now under the control of the Yarra Valley Railway who are working towards reopening the line from Healesville through Tarrawarra to Yarra Glen.

In 1954 Cistercian Monks from Ireland purchased one section of the property comprising 1,000 acres (4.0 km2), including the large house built by David Syme for his daughter and established Tarrawarra Abbey of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict Observance (Trappists). Since that time the community has built additional buildings including a large library in 2006. The monks support themselves by operating a beef farm and by Tarrawarra Eucharistic Breads.

Another section of the original estate today is TarraWarra Estate winery, which opened in 1983 and which produces chardonnay and pinot noir, and the TarraWarra Museum of Art, which opened in 2000.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Tarrawarra (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 August 2020. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008

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