Yan Yean, Victoria

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Yan Yean
Yan Yean Reservoir.jpg
Yan Yean Reservoir
Yan Yean is located in Melbourne
Yan Yean
Yan Yean
Coordinates 37°34′16″S 145°06′29″E / 37.571°S 145.108°E / -37.571; 145.108Coordinates: 37°34′16″S 145°06′29″E / 37.571°S 145.108°E / -37.571; 145.108
Population 252 (2016)[1]
Postcode(s) 3755
Elevation 150 m (492 ft)
Location 38 km (24 mi) from Melbourne
State electorate(s)
Federal Division(s) McEwen
Localities around Yan Yean:
Yan Yean
Wollert Mernda Doreen

Yan Yean is a locality in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 38 km north-east of Melbourne's central business district. Its local government areas are the City of Whittlesea and the Shire of Nillumbik. At the 2016 census, Yan Yean had a population of 252.

Yan Yean contains Yan Yean Reservoir. Melbourne's first reservoir, a 560 hectare lake with a capacity of 30,000 megalitres, was first established in December 1853 and provides water to Melbourne's northern and central suburbs. A park around the reservoir, managed by Parks Victoria, offers picnic, barbecue and walking facilities.


Originally Yan Yean occupied quite a large area, and the first Yan Yean Post Office opened on 1 March 1859 and was replaced by Morang in 1861. The next Yan Yean Post Office opened in 1875 and was renamed Yan Yean South in 1892 (later Mernda). A Barber's Creek office (opened 1876) was renamed Yan Yean Railway Station in 1892, then Yan Yean in 1907 and closed in 1974.[2]


Yan Yean is the home of Bears Castle.

The Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE operate a 200 hectare training property at Yan Yean dedicated to training students in cattle and deer farming, aquaculture and the production of medicinal herbs and essential oils.

Yan Yean also contains a cemetery, fruit and berry farm, stock feed and a tin shop.

Golfers play at the Growling Frog Golf Course on Donnybrook Road.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yan Yean (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2017-07-03.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11
  3. ^ Golf Select, Growling Frog, retrieved 2009-05-11

External links

  • Yan Yean Reservoir Park (Parks Victoria)
  • Yan Yean Reservoir (Melbourne Water)

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