Situated 109 km north-east of Melbourne. Located on the Yea River, an inviting rural township of around 1000 people.
The scenic township of Yea is situated between Seymour and Alexandra in a rich pastoral and dairying district.
Yea’s commercial centre straddles each side of the wide boulevard of High Street with attractive parkland located in the street’s central strip. Fronting High Street between Pechell Street and The Crescent are the Yea Fountain Gardens, containing lawns, rose gardens, a large fountain and a monument to the explorers Hume & Hovell. On the southern side of adjoining Station Street is a large expanse of parkland surrounding the former Yea railway station buildings.
Originally a gold mining area, the town retains many historical buildings built in those days including Beaufort Manor (1876), Yea Shire Hall (1894), the post office (1890), several hotels and churches.
The Yea River flows around the edge of the town centre and large reserve known as the Yea Wetlands has been developed around a group of small lakes beside the river. Aptly known as Yea’s best kept secret, the wetlands can be accessed either via the town centre entrance opposite the police station on the corner of High Street and Hood Street, or by driving out to the car park located off the Goulburn Valley Highway just west of Killingworth Road. There are a network of walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges throughout the wetlands.
Originally called Muddy Creek Settlement until the river name changed in 1878 from Muddy Creek to Yea River.
The convergence of three main highways from Yarra Glen, Seymour and Benalla/Mansfield, Yea is a popular stopping point for travelers in the area.
Established in 1855 along what was once called Muddy Creek, the town provides accommodation and refreshment from a variety of hotels and establishments, making it an ideal alternative route out of Melbourne when heading north.
The Goulburn Valley Highway (B340) passes through this major town, and meets with Melba Highway (B300). The surrounding areas are a mecca for motorcyclists with some great touring roads in the Mt Slide area to the south, and east towards the High Country out of Mansfield from here.
In the neighbourhood:Trawool (24km); Acheron (25km); Alexandra (25km); Broadford (33km); Seymour (33km); Eildon (43km); Kilmore (43km); Marysville (44km); Healesville (50km); Yarra Glen (50km); Euroa (52km)