Gold fever struck Yackandandah in the 1850s and left an indelible footprint. Take an underground tour of the Karrs Reef Gold Mine and experience what life was like for the miners. Stroll through the historic local cemetery, notable for its large section of graves devoted to Chinese gold miners.
Discover some thirty-seven National Trust buildings in Yackandandah, ten that are listed on the National Estate Register. Take the Historic Buildings Street Walk, which covers the old mining township, from the original bluestone gutters to the elaborate facades built during the nineteenth century gold rush.
Despite the town’s long and rich history, locals still have their eye on the future. Home to acclaimed artists, including musicians and painters, potters, stitchers and sculptors, this inspiring village is full to the brim with galleries, shops and studios. Keep exploring at antique shops and local boutiques.
The High Country scenery surrounding Yackandandah is breathtaking, whatever time of year you visit. Breathe in the invigorating aromas at the nearby Lavender Farm, enjoy a horse riding adventure, or wander through Yackandandah Gorge, looking out for native birds and wildlife along the way. Avid mountain bikers will want to explore the network of ‘Yack Tracks’ in the Stanley State Forest.
Make the most of the town’s proximity to the fertile Kiewa Valley, treasure trove of farm-fresh produce and fine wine. Stop at boutique wineries and fill your boot with local meats, fruit, nuts, honey and preserves. Visit a local distillery and meet the inventive makers. Finish the day with a hearty meal in a real country pub.
Popular local events include the Spring Migration Festival in September and the March Yackandandah Folk Festival.
Yackandandah is approximately 310 kilometres from Melbourne, or around three hours and 20 minutes along the Hume Highway.