Visiting Yackandandah North East Victoria
Visiting Yackandandah is like stepping back in time.
Nestled in a picturesque undulating valley at the foothills of the Australian Alps, this historic hamlet dates back to the 1850's.
Yackandandah’s wide tree-lined main street is distinctive with large English trees that date back to the 19th century. Verandahs with wide awnings, tea houses, bakeries, galleries, and specialty craft, antique and collectable shops are all a feature of this historic town, including a couple of country pubs and gracious churches. Many buildings, sites, trees and the commercial premises of town are now listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust.
A stroll down High Street is a delightful way to learn a little of the history of Yackandandah and takes only 20 minutes or so. Start at the school opposite the shire offices, and looking at sites on both sides of High Street, follow its gentle fall, to the end at Williams Street or walk a little further to the old stone bridge
A Brief History
The Yackandandah area was settled in about 1837, principally as large pastoral runs. A village began in the early 1850's with the gold rush. Most of the notable buildings date from the 20 years or so after the first land sales of early 1857.
The heritage significance of Yackandandah is well recognised with High Street in the centre of the Yackandandah Conservation Area. Declared by the Australian Heritage Commission, the conservation area includes five buildings individually listed on the National Estate Register; the former Athenaeum, the Court House, the First Bank of Australasia, the former Dean's Grocery Store, and the stone bridge at Isaacs Avenue.