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Yarra Glen, Victoria

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Yarra Glen
Grand Hotel
Yarra Glen
Yarra Glen
Coordinates37°38′56″S 145°22′19″E / 37.64889°S 145.37194°E / -37.64889; 145.37194Coordinates: 37°38′56″S 145°22′19″E / 37.64889°S 145.37194°E / -37.64889; 145.37194
Population2,869 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation152 m (499 ft)
LGA(s)Shire of Yarra Ranges
State electorate(s)Eildon
Federal Division(s)Casey[2]
Suburbs around Yarra Glen:
Kinglake Steels Creek Dixons Creek
Christmas Hills Yarra Glen Tarrawarra
Bend of Islands Yering Coldstream
Aerial view of Yarra Glen
Aerial view of Yarra Glen
War memorial and hall
War memorial and hall

Yarra Glen is a town in Victoria, Australia, 40 km north-east from Melbourne's central business district. Its local government area is the Shire of Yarra Ranges. At the 2016 census, Yarra Glen had a population of 2,869.[1]


The Ryrie brothers (William, James and Donald) were the first Europeans to settle in the area, when they established the 17,000-hectare (43,000-acre) Yering run in 1837 after droving their cattle from NSW. The brothers planted the first grape vines in the Yarra Valley in 1838 and produced their first wine in 1845.[3] Joseph Furphy, often regarded as the father of the Australian novel, was born on the station in 1843.[4]

The Post Office opened on 11 January 1861 as Yarra Flats and was renamed Yarra Glen in 1889 when the railway arrived.[5]

The now National Trust-listed Yarra Glen Grand Hotel was established in 1888.[6] Its four story Italianate tower was added subsequent to the construction of the original hotel building.[6]

The Black Friday fires of 1939 badly damaged the area around Yarra Glen, as did the fires of 2009.


The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Yarra Valley Mountain District Football League.

Yarra Glen has a horse racing club, Yarra Valley Racing, which schedules around nine race meetings a year including the Yarra Glen Cup meeting in March.[7]

Yarra Valley Harness Racing Club conducts regular meetings at its racetrack in the town. [8]

See also


  1. ^ a b "2016 Census QuickStats Yarra Glen". Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 19 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Profile of the electoral division of Casey (Vic)". Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  3. ^ Yarra Glen, Heritage Australia, retrieved 10 January 2011
  4. ^ COLLINS FAMILY HISTORY - General Information, retrieved 10 January 2011
  5. ^ Phoenix Auctions History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 February 2021
  6. ^ a b Yarra Glen, Tourism Victoria, retrieved 25 July 2011
  7. ^ Yarra Valley Racing, retrieved 2 September 2010
  8. ^ Australian Harness Racing, Yarra Valley, retrieved 11 May 2009
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