The scenic township of Yea is situated between Seymour and Alexandra in a rich pastoral and dairying district. Only 50 minutes from the outer eastern suburbs of Melbourne, it’s within easy driving distance of Lilydale, Wallan, Mansfield, and Shepparton.
Yea's commercial centre straddles stretches along High Street, with attractive parkland located in the street's wide central reservation. Fronting High Street are the Yea Fountain Gardens, featuring lawns, rose gardens, a large fountain and a monument to the explorers Hume & Hovell. On the southern side of adjoining Station Street is a large expanse of parkland surrounding the former Yea railway station buildings, which have been renovated and now are home to the UGFM radio station studio as well as being the site of the popular monthly market. The Great Victorian Rail Trail passes through the railway precinct as it runs from Tallarook to Mansfield.
Originally a gold mining area known as Muddy Creek the town retains many historical buildings built in those days, including Beaufort Manor (1876), Yea Shire Hall (1894), the post office (1890), along with several hotels and churches.
The town is well serviced with a library, summer swimming pool, two primary schools, a secondary school, hospital, aged care facility, skate park, three hotels, restaurants and numerous cafes. The Community House provides many short courses and programs, and is close to the long-day childcare centre, the Men’s Shed, and the home of the pottery group. New homes abound on several estates grouped around the high school, with developers seeking a community feel in the layout of the subdivisions.
The Yea River flows around the edge of the town centre and large reserve known as the Yea Wetlands has been developed around a group of small lakes beside the river. Aptly known as "Yea's best kept secret", the wetlands are accessed via the visitor centre opposite the police station at the east end of High Street. The visitor centre features educational displays and extensive information about the area, and the network of walking tracks, boardwalks and bridges throughout the wetlands offer both recreation and relaxation.
Several scenic drives can be enjoyed from Yea. The journey south-west along the Whittlesea road to the small hamlet of Flowerdale passes through farmland and rolling hills. For more dramatic scenery, take Ghin Ghin Road (west of Yea) which initially passes through grazing land and crosses the Goulburn River where there is a reserve overlooking the river and a boat ramp. Heading further north, the road ascends through scenic gorge country to a granite plateau. This road passes through what is left of the former gold mining town of Ghin Ghin, past Mt Broughton and onto the small hamlet of Caveat which was originally inhabited by Czech settlers.