Yarram (formerly Yarram Yarram) is an isolated town in Victoria,
Australia, in the Shire of Wellington, located in the southeast of
Gippsland. At the 2011 census, the population of the town was 2,168. The
town is the regional centre for a prosperous farming district, has a
vibrant community, which remains particularly dedicated to a strong
sporting culture. The town is located about two hours from Wilsons
Promontory. Nearby towns include Welshpool, Alberton and Foster
The term 'Yarraam Yarraam' is thought to be an Aboriginal phrase meaning 'plenty of water,' however it is not known which language group the name is taken from.
The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Yarram are the Australian Aboriginal Kurnai people, who resisted the invasion of their lands, and sustained heavy casualties as a result.
Being close to one of the first Victorian trade ports, Port Albert, the town grew quickly after settlement, as a result of the rich dairy country that supplies milk products to Australia, and to the timber industry. In 1841 the site, originally a low-lying swamp, was chosen by a Scottish clan leader, Aeneas Ronaldson MacDonnell.
The post office opened on 1 February 1861 as Yarram Yarram and was renamed Yarram in about 1925. The railway arrived in 1921; the line between Welshpool and Leongatha was closed in October 1987.
The town today
Yarram is known for its proximity to Ninety Mile Beach, Port Albert, neighbouring Tarra-Bulga National Park and heritage architecture in its Main Street, including the historic Regent Theatre. It has a well known local bakery, which has won the Great Australian Meat Pie competition for several years running.
The town has an Australian Rules football team competing in the Alberton Football League. Yarram is the home of several former AFL footballers, including Royce Vardy and Anthony Banik (Richmond Tigers) and Andrew Dunkley (Sydney Swans).
Golfers play at the course of the Yarram Golf Club on Old Sale Road
Yarram hosts an annual eisteddfod every August showcasing the area's artistic talents in music, speech and drama.
This information has been sourced from Wikipedia