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Yarrawonga
Victoria
YarrawongaStreetscape.JPG
Belmore street
Yarrawonga is located in Shire of Moira
Yarrawonga
Yarrawonga
Coordinates36°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
Population7,930 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s)3730
Elevation128.9 m (423 ft)
Location
LGA(s)Shire of Moira
State electorate(s)Ovens Valley
Federal division(s)Nicholls
Localities around Yarrawonga:
Burramine Mulwala (NSW) Mulwala (NSW)
Burramine Yarrawonga Bathumi
Telford Yarrawonga South Bundalong

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 2016 census, Yarrawonga had a population of 7,930.[1]

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's main attraction is Lake Mulwala, formed by the damming of the Murray River. 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.[3]

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 Barry Mitchell, Joel Smith, Ben Dixon, and Tom Lonergan.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Yarrawonga Post Office opened on 28 November 1874.[4]

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]

The Yarrawonga Magistrates' Court closed on 1 January 1990.[7]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Yarrawonga (1993–2022)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 46.0
(114.8)
46.0
(114.8)
39.9
(103.8)
36.7
(98.1)
28.9
(84.0)
23.0
(73.4)
21.0
(69.8)
25.7
(78.3)
34.0
(93.2)
36.4
(97.5)
42.4
(108.3)
44.3
(111.7)
46.0
(114.8)
Average high °C (°F) 32.9
(91.2)
31.6
(88.9)
27.9
(82.2)
23.1
(73.6)
18.1
(64.6)
14.5
(58.1)
13.5
(56.3)
15.2
(59.4)
18.6
(65.5)
22.8
(73.0)
27.3
(81.1)
30.3
(86.5)
23.0
(73.4)
Average low °C (°F) 16.1
(61.0)
15.7
(60.3)
12.9
(55.2)
9.1
(48.4)
6.1
(43.0)
4.0
(39.2)
3.5
(38.3)
3.6
(38.5)
5.1
(41.2)
7.4
(45.3)
11.2
(52.2)
13.4
(56.1)
9.0
(48.2)
Record low °C (°F) 4.4
(39.9)
4.7
(40.5)
3.3
(37.9)
−0.5
(31.1)
−1.9
(28.6)
−5.3
(22.5)
−4.4
(24.1)
−6.0
(21.2)
−3.4
(25.9)
−1.4
(29.5)
0.6
(33.1)
2.2
(36.0)
−6.0
(21.2)
Average rainfall mm (inches) 36.0
(1.42)
42.2
(1.66)
36.5
(1.44)
30.9
(1.22)
35.9
(1.41)
41.5
(1.63)
46.7
(1.84)
39.3
(1.55)
42.6
(1.68)
37.0
(1.46)
44.5
(1.75)
40.6
(1.60)
468.9
(18.46)
Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm) 5.8 5.5 5.0 6.1 10.3 14.6 17.1 14.4 10.2 8.5 7.9 6.1 111.5
Average afternoon relative humidity (%) 29 32 33 42 54 65 66 58 53 43 34 29 45
Source: Bureau of Meteorology[8]

Popular culture[edit]

  • Niel McBeath wrote the song "I'm Going Back Again to Yarrawonga", published in 1919 and later recorded by Ella Shields and Leonard Hubbard in 1992 and 1996.
  • Yarrawonga is also home to Australia's Tallest Man and Cleo's 2012 Bachelor of the Year runner-up Kewal Shiels, measuring 7 feetinches (221 cm).[citation needed]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Yarrawonga". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 24 January 2019.
  2. ^ Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. ^ "Early Transport & Bridges of Yarrawonga Mulwala". Yarrawonga Mulwala Tourism Inc. Retrieved 6 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Post Office List". Premierpostal.com. Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 April 2011. Retrieved 20 July 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Defence Home - Thales Group". Archived from the original on 23 July 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2010.
  7. ^ "Review of Legal Services in Rural and Regional Victoria" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Committee. May 2001. pp. 291–292. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  8. ^ "Yarrawonga". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. April 2022. Retrieved 27 April 2022.

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