The main service town for the south-east coast area, Yarram, with a permanent population of 1800 is approximately 220 ks south-east of Melbourne (3.5 hours) and 1 hours drive from Sale.
The area is known as Tarra Territory, so named in recognition of aborigine Charlie Turra who was responsible for the survival of Count Strzelecki and his party during their epic three month trek through Gippsland. (visit Tarra-Bulga National Park).
The township of Yarram is neatly placed between the mountains and the sea and has within its boundaries all the amenities you would expect from a progressive tourism orientated town.
Well serviced with a modern shopping plaza, two supermarkets, speciality shops galore, hotels, clubs, and cafes cater for the most discerning visitor. Make sure you have a beef and burgundy pie at the local bakery.
Accommodation is plentiful from motels, hotels, guest houses, farm holidays, caravan parks with family units, B&B's etc you won't have much trouble finding a bed off season. However, in the main holiday periods it is a different matter, as it is with most destinations on or near the coast, so we would advise you book to avoid disappointment.
For the sports minded there is a first class bowling green, tennis courts, swimming pool, squash courts with sauna, horse riding and the 18 hole golf course on the other side of town toward Woodside which has resident kangaroos to accompany you on your round.
Fishing at nearby Port Albert with boat ramps, hire and charter boats (see Port Albert page).
The Information Centre is located in the historic Court House building.
Just a few minutes from Port Albert and Yarram is Tarraville, which is one of the oldest towns in Gippsland, if not Victoria.
You can inspect the old church (pictured) which was built in 1856 and is still used today for special occasions. There are remnants of other old buildings reminding one that during its heyday this town contained numerous hotels, breweries, wine shops and houses.
Another historic area is Alberton about 5 minutes from Yarram on the Melbourne side of the South Gippsland Highway. Settled in the 1840’s Alberton contains State School Number 1 and a fine imposing old hotel which still serves the local community.