Yarrawonga, Victoria

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Belmore street
Yarrawonga is located in Shire of Moira
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]
Elevation128.9 m (423 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Moira
State electorate(s)Benambra
Federal Division(s)Nicholls
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 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 Town Hall.

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 the likes of Barry Mitchell, Joel Smith, Ben Dixon, and Tom Lonergan.


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]

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]

See also[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. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Retrieved 11 April 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/pwc/mulwala/subs/sub1.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.thalesgroup.com/Markets/Defence/Home/
  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.

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