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There are 27 heritage sites listed on the Yea Heritage walk to find around town. Some that stand out the most include the Yea Post Office built in 1890, Yea Shire hall 1894, Railway Station which is described as being the best remaining example of Gothic style stations in Victoria, my favourite building is Marmalades 1897, formerly Commercial store. Download a brochure here.
Unfortunately we didn't get the chance to visit the Yea wetlands whilst we were in town but you can read a full article on the wetlands by another Weekend notes writer Anita Coia. A brochure of the wetlands is available to download or you will find a copy at the ice cream shop and Information Centre in Yea.
Cheviot tunnel is a key piece of Yea's history. The tunnel was a part of the Tallarook to Mansfield line which operated between 1883 and 1978. The tunnel was constructed using handmade clay bricks from a clay pit near the tunnel, a staggering 675,000 of them. Today the tunnel is open as a part of rail trail and the ground inside the tunnel has been asphalted, for ease of cycling and walking. For more information on Cheviot Tunnel click here.
The tunnel is 201 metres long, but it's not until you're inside the tunnel that you can fully appreciate the length. It's really dark inside the tunnel with the ends glowing with the outside world. The echo from your voice is amazing and the kids loved making train noises for it to bounce off the walls and carry through the tunnel.
Goulburn River High Country Rail Trail: The rail trail run between Tallarook and Mansfield and includes a branch line to Alexandra and is the longest rail in Australia at 134km. The trail is relatively new with the first section being opened in August 2010 and the entire rail trail completed in 2012. The trail is a great example of turning something once disused into a popular attraction once again for cyclists, walkers and horse riders. If you want to cycle the rail trail then Yea is a great place to stop for lunch or the night. More detailed information on the Goulburn Rail Trail can be found here. Rail trail tours are also available, for more information have a look at the Rail Trail Bike Tours website.
Yea playground is located in a great position across from the old railway building. The playground is naturally a train based playground with train noises that are activated by a sensor. The kids favourite play equipment was the conveyor belt which they could put mulch on and wind it down to the other end to make a big pile. Facilities include a shelter with picnic tables, barbecues, toilets and car parking.
Surprisingly for a town of this size eateries far outweigh everything else in the town, with many well renowned restaurants/cafes including Marmalades, Pepper Pot and Gallery 34 to name a few and if you're after a pub then there are 4 in town. Marmalades is housed within the former general store and retains many of the original features, fixtures and fittings. Breakfast and lunch are available with lunch prices varying between $12 for soup to $20 for Wagyu burgers with chips.
Gallery 34 is a contemporary space combing Australian art works with fair trade coffee, organic and free range food menu listings. Lunch prices vary between $12 - $20.
Yea Peppercorn hotel offers a restaurant, cafe and accommodation all in the one building located opposite the old railway station. With three different menus that include seafood Sunday, cafe menu and full restaurant menu it's best to check their website for prices and accommodation.
Yea country market is held on the first Saturday of the month at the old railway station. You will find home made goods that range from jams and chutneys to jewellery and art as well fresh produce, plants and more.