Yarrawonga, Victoria

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Belmore street
Yarrawonga is located in Shire of Moira
Coordinates 36°01′0″S 146°0′0″E / 36.01667°S 146.00000°E / -36.01667; 146.00000Coordinates: 36°01′0″S 146°0′0″E / 36.01667°S 146.00000°E / -36.01667; 146.00000
Population 7,057 (2011 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 3730
Elevation 128.9 m (423 ft)
LGA(s) Shire of Moira
State electorate(s) Benambra
Federal Division(s) Murray
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
22.5 °C
73 °F
8.7 °C
48 °F
502.4 mm
19.8 in
Localities around Yarrawonga:
Burramine New South Wales New South Wales
Burramine Yarrawonga Bathumi
Telford Yarrawonga South Bundalong
Foreshore of Lake Mulwala at Yarrawonga.

Yarrawonga /jærəˈwɒŋɡə/[2] is a town in the Shire of Moira local government area in the Australian state of Victoria. The town is situated on the south bank of the Murray River, the border between Victoria and New South Wales and is located approximately 265 kilometres (165 mi) north-east of the state capital, Melbourne. Yarrawonga's twin town of Mulwala is on the other side of the Murray River. At the 2011 census, Yarrawonga had a population of 7,057.[1]

Yarrawonga Post Office opened on 28 November 1874.[3]

Yarrawonga is served by a standard gauge branch railway, which branches off the Melbourne-Sydney line at Benalla and terminates at Oaklands in New South Wales.

Yarrawonga Town Hall.

Yarrawonga's main attraction is Lake Mulwala, formed by the damming of the Murray River, immediately downstream of Yarrawonga. The lake is a popular location for activities such as boating, kayaking and fishing. There are two crossings of the Murray between Yarrawonga and Mulwala; across the weir (a stock route carrying a single lane of traffic); and a bridge over Lake Mulwala. This bridge contains an unusual bend and dip in the middle, a result of miscommunication between the two state governments.[4]

The Yarrawonga Football Club (the 'Mighty Pigeons') participates in the Ovens and Murray Football League in the sport of Australian rules football, which has produced the likes of Barry Mitchell, Joel Smith, Ben Dixon, and Tom Lonergan.

Historically, one of the major industries in the Yarrawonga/ Mulwala area has been the explosives factory, which was constructed in Mulwala over 1942–43.[5] It is now operated by French company Thales but remains an Australian Department of Defence asset.[6]

Popular culture[edit]

  • Neil McBeath, a corporal in the AIF, wrote the song I’m Going Back Again to Yarrawonga, published in 1919. It was first performed as part of an ‘Anzac Coves’ pantomime in France during World War I, and later recorded by Ella Shields and Leonard Hubbard in 1923 and 1924 respectively.[7]

Yarrawonga is also home to Australia's Tallest Man and Cleo's 2012 Bachelor of the Year runner-up Kewal Shiels, measuring 7.3" or 223cm.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yarrawonga (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 December 2014.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 2008-04-11. 
  4. ^ "Early Transport & Bridges of Yarrawonga Mulwala". Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Inc. Retrieved 2016-02-06. 
  5. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/pwc/mulwala/subs/sub1.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.thalesgroup.com/Markets/Defence/Home/
  7. ^ National Film and Sound Archive: Does your town have its own song?

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