A visit to the tiny High Country village of Yackandandah is like taking a step back in time - it's no wonder it's been classified by the National Trust in its entirety.
Gold fever struck Yackandandah in in the 1850s. Gold rush history is there for the digging at Karrs Reef Gold Mine. Take an underground tour to experience life for the miners. Stroll through the historic local cemetery, notable for its large section of graves devoted to Chinese gold miners.
The Historic Buildings Street Walk meanders through the old mining township; over original bluestone gutters to the elaborate façades built during the nineteenth century gold rush. There are thirty seven National Trust buildings in Yackandandah, with ten listed on the National Estate Register.
Ornate shops with original fittings invite leisurely browsing, whether for antiques, gifts or handmade items from craft galleries. A handful of fascinating museums unlock the town's secrets.
The High Country scenery surrounding Yackandandah is breathtaking year-round. Indulge your senses at the nearby Lavender Farm, and walk or drive through the picturesque Yackandandah Gorge. Spot native birds and animals in the bushland, or go bushwalking and horse riding.
Yackandandah's location on the edge of the fertile Kiewa Valley means farm-fresh food and wine is ripe for the picking. Stop at boutique wineries and fill your boot with local meats, fruit, nuts, honey and preserves, and enjoy hearty meals in real country pubs.
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.