The business centre of the Upper Yarra Valley, Yarra Junction lies 65km east of Melbourne near the convergence of the Yarra and the Little Yarra Rivers, offering beautiful views of Mount Toolebewong, Ben Cairn and Mount Victoria to the north, and Mount Tugwell to the east.
With a population of about 2500, ‘Junction’ offers a wide range of shops, a modern supermarket, a hotel and diverse supporting services. There are also a number of accommodation options nearby, including holiday camps, B & Bs and camping parks.
At one stage the second-busiest timber railway siding in the world, the former Yarra Junction station is now home to the Upper Yarra Historical Museum, which has a comprehensive display of local memorabilia and historical tools and machinery.
Yarra Junction’s location on the fringes of the Great Dividing Range provides a strategic link between Mount Baw Baw and Gippsland to the south-east and Healesville and the Hume Highway to the north-west.
Yarra Junction is the perfect place for a picnic stop, an overnight break or a relaxing holiday.
In 1911, the Victorian Hardwood Company built a small gauge tramway line from Yarra Junction to their new mill at Powelltown.
At that time, it was the biggest timber mill in Victoria. By the mid 1920s, Powelltown had become the second largest township in the Upper Yarra Valley, behind Warburton.
Today, you can enjoy a leisurely 15 kilometre drive through postcard scenery to Powelltown via Gladysdale, Three Bridges and Gilderoy.
Upon arrival, stretch your legs and appreciate the tranquility of this historical timber town, then perhaps enjoy a cup of tea or coffee before heading eastward for a look at the famous Ada Tree.