Yea is located 100 km north-east of Melbourne at the junction of the Goulburn Valley Highway and the Melba Highway, in the Shire of Murrindindi.
In an area originally inhabited by the Taungurong people, it was first visited by Europeans of the Hume and Hovell expedition in 1824, and within 15 years most of the land in the area had been taken up by graziers. Surveyed in 1855, the township grew as a service centre for grazing, gold-mining and timber-getting in the area.
The township of Yea (pronounced ‘yay’) was originally called ‘Muddy Creek’. In 1855 its official name was changed to honour Colonel Lacy Walter Yea, who was killed in the Crimean War.
Heritage sites around the town include the Railway Station buildings, Purcell’s General Store (now Marmalades Restaurant), Beaufort Manor (1876), Yea Shire Hall (1894), the Post Office (1890), and the nearby Yea Flora Fossil Site, where the most ancient leafy foliage so far found on earth was discovered.
Yea is adjoined by a series of villages including Glenburn, Murrindindi, Molesworth and Limestone on the southern and eastern sides with Highlands and Caveat to the north and Strath Creek, Kerrisdale and Flowerdale to the west.
The multi award winning Y Water Discovery Centre is a must-see attraction. The striking architecture, accredited Visitor Information Centre and hands-on Interpretive Centre is at the entry to these Wetlands. Visit the Y Water Discovery Centre to learn more about the wetlands’ flora and fauna or to book a guided tour.
The Yea Visitor Information Centre is located at the Y Water Discovery Centre and operates 7 days per week from 9.00am – 5.00 pm.
Volunteers are essential in operating the Information Centre and they are professionally trained to be exceptional ambassadors for our district. The VIC offers maps, an accommodation booking service and sales of local wine and produce and art & crafts.
2 Hood Street, Yea, Victoria 3717
Telephone: 03 5797 2663
Open 7 days a week, 9am – 5pm
(closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Y Water Discovery Centre