Yea - VIC



DEG: -37.21067 145.42755
DMS: 37º 12' 38.41" S 145º 25' 39.18" E
UTM: 55 H 5880599mN 360472mE
Altitude: 171.33m


Place Type

Population - Town


78.53kms NorthEast of Melbourne - Driving 112 km (1 Stunde
396.31kms SouthWest of Canberra - Driving 569 km (6 Stunden
665.04kms SouthEast of Adelaide - Driving 768 km (9 Stunden

Address & Contact

1 High St
Yea VIC 3717
Phone: (03) 5772 0333


Yea, located on the Yea River close to its junction with the Goulburn River, is 100 kilometres north-east of the state capital Melbourne at the junction of the Goulburn Valley Highway and the Melba Highway. The town economy is based around servicing the farming sector, and tourism.

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. It was named after Colonel Lacy Walter Giles Yea – a British Army colonel killed in the Battle of the Great Redan in the Crimean War.

The first European settlers in the district were overlanders from New South Wales, who arrived in 1837, and by 1839 "most of the suitable country in the area had been taken up". The crossing of the Muddy Creek became quite busy as part of the route from Melbourne to the goldfields at Beechworth and the eastern highlands, and also from them to Ballarat.

Gold was discovered in the local area in the late 1850s. The gold-mining localities near Yea included the 'Providence' diggings just across the Yea River from the town, in the Ghin Ghin area, the Ti Tree Creek, and the 'Higinbotham' area on the Murrindindi Creek.

After the gold mining ended the town survived on servicing farming and timber getting (chiefly from the Murrindindi forests).

The most ancient leafy foliage so far found on earth was discovered at the nearby Yea Flora Fossil Site.

Yea is on the Great Victorian Rail Trail.
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Closest Weather Station

Eildon Fire Tower at 22/04:30am EST
Distance from Yea 36.71km E
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts

Closest Climatic Station

Eildon Fire Tower
Distance from Yea 36.71km E
Mean Max. °C27.326.822.918.
Mean Min. °C13.413.811.
Mean Rain mm36.446.939.040.355.067.266.776.763.551.861.242.3

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