Yarram, Victoria

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The historic South Gippsland Creamery and Butter Factory
Yarram is located in Shire of Wellington
Coordinates38°33′S 146°40′E / 38.550°S 146.667°E / -38.550; 146.667Coordinates: 38°33′S 146°40′E / 38.550°S 146.667°E / -38.550; 146.667
Population2,135 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Shire of Wellington
State electorate(s)Gippsland South
Federal Division(s)Gippsland

Yarram (formerly Yarram Yarram) is in Victoria, Australia, in the Shire of Wellington, located in the southeast of Gippsland. At the 2011 census, the population of the town was 2,168.[1] The town is the regional centre of a prosperous farming district. It has a vibrant community, which remains dedicated to a strong sporting culture. The town also has a strong tourism industry, with Tarra Bulga National Park, Port Albert, Ninety Mile Beach and Agnes Falls all being within a 30 minute commute from Yarram. The town is located about one and a half hours from Wilsons Promontory. Nearby towns include Welshpool, Alberton and Foster.


The term 'Yarram Yarram' is thought to be an Aboriginal phrase meaning 'plenty of water,'[2] however it is not known which language group the name is taken from.


The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Yarram are the Australian Aboriginal Kurnai people, who resisted the invasion of their lands, and sustained heavy casualties as a result.[3]

Being close to one of the first Victorian trade ports, Port Albert, the town grew quickly after settlement, as a result of the rich dairy country that supplies milk products to Australia, and to the timber industry. In 1841 the site, originally a low-lying swamp, was chosen by a Scottish clan leader, Aeneas Ronaldson MacDonnell, who, with his fellow Scots, attempted to set up a feudal-style court. However, the experiment folded and he subsequently moved to New Zealand.[4]

The post office opened on 1 February 1861 as Yarram Yarram and was renamed Yarram in about 1925.[5] The railway arrived in 1921; the line between Welshpool and Leongatha was closed in October 1987.


Yarram is known for its proximity to Ninety Mile Beach, Port Albert, neighbouring Tarra-Bulga National Park and heritage architecture in its Main Street, including the historic Regent Theatre.

The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the North Gippsland Football League.[6] Yarram is the home of several former AFL footballers, including Royce Vardy and Anthony Banik (Richmond Tigers) and Andrew Dunkley (Sydney Swans).Current AFL players from the town include Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs), Nathan Vardy (West Coast Eagles) and Jed Lamb (Carlton).

Golfers play at the course of the Yarram Golf Club on Old Sale Road.[7]

Yarram hosts an annual eisteddfod every August showcasing the area's artistic talents in music, speech and drama.[8]

The town has a secondary college (Yarram Secondary College), a public primary school (Yarram Primary School) and a catholic primary school (St Mary's Primary School).


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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yarram (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-11-04. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ http://www.gippslandinfo.com.au/accom_result1/yarram-victoria-australia/
  3. ^ Gardiner, P. D (2001). Gippsland Massacres: The Destruction of the Kurnai tribes 1800-1860. Ngarak Press. ISBN 1-875254-11-0.
  4. ^ http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/travel/travel-factsheet/yarram-20081113-5zx7.html
  5. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  6. ^ Full Points Footy, Yarram, archived from the original on 16 May 2008, retrieved 2008-07-25
  7. ^ Golf Select, Yarram, retrieved 2009-05-11
  8. ^ Yarram Eisteddfod