Yan Yean, Victoria

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Yan Yean
Yan Yean Reservoir.jpg
Yan Yean Reservoir
Yan Yean is located in Melbourne
Yan Yean
Yan Yean
Coordinates37°34′16″S 145°06′29″E / 37.571°S 145.108°E / -37.571; 145.108Coordinates: 37°34′16″S 145°06′29″E / 37.571°S 145.108°E / -37.571; 145.108
Population252 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation150 m (492 ft)
Location34 km (21 mi) from Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s)McEwen
Localities around Yan Yean:
Eden Park Whittlesea Kinglake West
Woodstock Yan Yean Arthurs Creek
Wollert Mernda Doreen

Yan Yean is a locality in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 34 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government areas are the City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2016 census, Yan Yean had a population of 252.

Yan Yean contains Yan Yean Reservoir. Melbourne's first reservoir, a 560 hectare lake with a capacity of 30,000 megalitres, was first established in December 1853 and provides water to Melbourne's northern and central suburbs. A park around the reservoir, managed by Parks Victoria, offers picnic, barbecue and walking facilities.


Originally Yan Yean occupied quite a large area, and the first Yan Yean Post Office opened on 1 March 1859 and was replaced by Morang in 1861. The next Yan Yean Post Office opened in 1875 and was renamed Yan Yean South in 1892 (later Mernda). A Barber's Creek office (opened 1876) was renamed Yan Yean Railway Station in 1892, then Yan Yean in 1907 and closed in 1974.[2]


Yan Yean is the home of Bears Castle.

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE operate a 200 hectare training property at Yan Yean dedicated to training students in cattle and deer farming, aquaculture and the production of medicinal herbs and essential oils.

Golfers play at the Growling Frog Golf Course on Donnybrook Road.[3]

The Yan Yean Tennis Club is a 6 tennis court District level tennis club at TH Hurrey Reserve in Yan Yean, where a $3.9 million refurbishment began in 2017.[4]

Yan Yean also contains a cemetery, fruit and berry farm, stock feed and a tin shop.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yan Yean (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 27 March 2021
  3. ^ Golf Select, Growling Frog, retrieved 11 May 2009
  4. ^ Whittlesea Council. "TH Hurrey Reserve redevelopment". City of Whittlesea. Retrieved 14 May 2019.

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