Hume and Hovell passed through the Yackandandah valleys in 1824, not long before the area was first settled in about 1837. After the gold finds of 1852 the Yackandandah Creek and its tributaries were peppered with alluvial sites. Many tent towns came and went, but the Yackandandah site, among others, flourished. Shops were established, and then services, banks, churches, post and transport.
In 1856 the township was surveyed, land sales began in the following year and substantial buildings were constructed. The town retains a wealth of its Victorian architecture, and picturesque tree lined streets.
Many buildings, sites, trees and the commercial core of town are now listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust.
The local rural farming landscapes are another reason to visit the area – some of the farming practices date back many decades. You will see Monet type haystacks believe it or not, and rolling hillsides, olive groves, vineyards, mountains and much more. The North East is a positive cornucopia of views to delight the eye and the senses. The National Trust say about Yackandandah, “The existence of such an intact and well preserved example of a 19th century mining-based township is of great significance and should be protected. The highlights of Yackandandah are its location nestled in the folds of the surrounding hilly ranges, the compactness of the town layout clustered in a valley, the character and scale of the historic buildings along the main street which is lined by mature exotic trees”. Along with Beechworth, Chiltern and Rutherglen, Yackandandah offers fantastically well preserved historic townships, uniquely retained and bursting with character.