#Y is for Yackandandah
Yackandandah! Don’t you just love the name? Another of our Aussie towns with a name coming out of Aboriginal language. The origin of the name is unclear but one idea is that it is the Aboriginal words for ‘rock’ and ‘water-hole’ put together. Yackandandah is in the North West of Victoria; just on the edge of the Victorian High Country. That alone means that the area is totally beautiful but then we throw in a bit of history, some Australian Folklore, some vision for the future and Yackandandah shapes up as a truly interesting township.
The regional cities of Albury /Wodonga, which sit on either side of the Murray River, are close by and the tourist town of Beechworth, with its Ned Kelly museum, is only 22 kilometres away. Yackandandah boasts many beautiful old buildings built during the mid 1800s as a result of the alluvial gold discovered in Yackandandah Creek in 1852,which brought a rush of prospectors and a rush of prosperity to the town. In order to preserve this history, the entire town centre has been classified by the National Trust.
Yackandandah is also at the cutting edge of history with its TRY, Totally Renewable Yackandandah, initative. This is a 100% volunteer run community group which aims to have the whole town operating off 100% renewable energy by 2022. The town won the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Award for sustainability and you can read about it on Google @ http://www.sustainability.vic.gov.auhttps:///2020-winners/premiers-sustainability-awards-2020-winner-community-totally-renewable-yackandandah
Yackandandah has a population of approximately 1800 and enjoys its status as a beautiful and thriving destination for tourists who enjoy the eclectic mix of arts and crafts, the micro distillery, the Folk Festival, the delightful natural scenery, the well preserved public buildings and the history.
But Yackandandah is not stuck in the past; from Gold to Sunlight, a bright future awaits this little town.