It goes without saying that one of the major drawcards to Yarragon in Gippsland Victoria is its retail precinct which hosts hundreds of travellers each year. But, Yarragon has an arty and a foodie side that makes it the ideal weekend or day trip destination. Head to Yarragon on any given Sunday and the main street is abuzz. There’s good reason as Yarragon has an excellent shopping strip with boutiques, cafes and gift stores.
There is usually something going on every week on the ‘arts front’ in Yarragon whether it is a stunning exhibition at Town and Country Gallery or a workshop at Pinkfly boutique where students can learn about textile art. A recent arrival to the town is the Yarragon Arts Hub. Home to the Baw Baw Arts Alliance, the hub is based within a former brick garage with tall double timber entry doors that open into the gallery space. To the right is the workshop area where regular classes are held, including a pottery group that meets every Thursday. www.bawbawartsalliance.com.au
Antiques and Homewares
Nearby to the Arts Hub is Bob’s Shed that contains a huge variety of retro furniture. Take a step back in time with the large range of vintage, restored retro, industrial style and 20th century pieces. There’s also a selection of vintage and recycled clothing. Bobs Shed is open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
Where to Eat
In its new location at 113 Princes Highway the ever popular Coco’s cafe is always pumping. For great coffee and an excellent meal no matter what time of the day Coco’s has something for you. New owners have taken over the Yarragon Hotel right in the heart of town. With an updated menu and great pub meals this is a great option to take time out during a day of exploring the town.
At the end of the The Village Walk in Yarragon is Sticcado Cafe, a contemporary dining space with a regularly changing menu and an ideal setting for long lazy lunch. Another recent addition to the Yarragon ‘foodie’ scene is Eat, Live, Fresh. Introduced by a sun drench front veranda the cafe is within a charming cottage, shared with Pink Fly boutique. Enjoy organic Map coffee and a gourmet breakfast before crossing the corridor of the lovely period cottage into Pink Fly. A wall of recently arrived wool, felting equipment, quality yarns and high quality knitted garments sit alongside an eclectic range of quirky gifts.
Next to Sticcado Cafe in The Village Walk is Wardrobe in the Lane a devine clothing and homewares boutique. This is no ordinary boutique as it is stocked with unique homewares created by artisans, and jewellery to match any outfit. Classic clothing with modern appeal is also on offer in this delightful little store. If you are into quilting and craft then Candleberry Country is the shop for you and you will find unique gifts at Annabels and Carousel all located in the stylish Village Walk right in the heart of Yarragon.
Where to Stay
Perched in the foothills of the Strzelecki Ranges is Anderley Cottages at Yarragon South. Just minutes from the heart of Yarragon, Anderley has mesmerising views of the valley floor below and is the ultimate weekend escape. There are two cottages sitting within 35 acres and both have expansive views from the deck and wood fires to curl up in front of after a day of exploring the area. They are also self contained so after you’ve gathered a basket full of local produce from the Yarragon stores you can create your own gourmet feast. www.anderley.com.au
Take a Country Drive
Yarragon is within easy reach of the spectacular Grand Ridge Road which travels along the top of the Strzelecki Ranges. The drive takes you through spectacular scenery where you can do the full drive to Morwell and then back along the Princes Highway to Yarragon. Or, you can take the shorter route home through Trafalgar. A short trip out of town (about four kilometres) you will find Clifden Farm where Lindy and Bill Smith breed shear black alpacas and have a range of products for sale at the farm. Clifden Farm is a working farm with desirable country side views. Call 0408 827 896 to make an appointment to visit the farm.
A Taste of Gippsland
All the flavours of Gippsland can be discovered at Gippsland Food and Wine, housed in the distinctive timber building, Gippsland Food and Wine has a plethora of gourmet goodies to take home. Gippsland cheeses, olive oil, and a designated area to display local wines is on offer. Whether you are in to great food and wine, classic country hospitality or plan to relax within a serene country atmosphere Yarragon is the place for your next weekend escape.
Where is Yarragon?
Yarragon is located about 1 hour and 20 minutes from Melbourne in West Gippsland Victoria. It is conveniently located right on the Princes Highway and is serviced by VLine trains with the station just across the road from the main retail area.