Yay for Yea, a quaint little town just over 50 minutes’ drive from Nagambie is home to a little regional gem, the Yea Wetlands. You might have come across this hidden attraction as part of the Great Victorian Rail Trail but we feel it is worth a visit all on its own.

Better known as the Y Water Discovery Centre, this beauty was 16 years in the making motivated by a group of passionate individuals of the Yea Wetlands Committee and the Yea Wetlands Trust. The Yea Wetlands is a significant 32ha in size (one hectare is about the size of an International Rugby Field) and lies between the Yea River and the Goulburn Valley Highway in Murrindindi Shire.

This flood plain is one of Yea’s best kept secrets and a place we admire as keepers of our own wetlands at Tahbilk.

The Interpretive Discovery Centre is a gem. We recommend about 2 hours to be able to both walk the wetlands and explore the interactive centre; maybe longer if you pop into the gift shop before leaving.

In the Discover Centre you and the kids will listen and learn about water, the earth’s most precious asset and scarce resource. Walk through 12 interpretive parts of the Centre, all designed to spark your interest and challenge your perceptions of water resources.

You also get to learn about native Australian species and the Indigenous heritage of the Taungurung Clan.

Before you go don’t forget to:

  • Bring covered walking shoes suitable for exploring
  • Pack the mosquito spray and sunscreen
  • Hats, hats, hats, be sun smart
  • A camera (or charge up your phone) you don’t want to miss a snap in the wetlands of a koala or another interesting Australian animal
  • Pack some snacks

A truly excellent experience we would recommend in the region.

Perfectly put by a recent visitor to the wetlands:

“There is a rather quick turn into this reserve as you drive out of Yea towards Mansfield. I have gone past many times but stopped for the first time just recently. It’s not big, but it’s next to the Billabong and there were ducks and waterfowl enjoying themselves with young magpies actively seeking scraps from us as we ate our lunch. There is a nice walking path that winds along the river and apparently takes you back into town. It’s just the place to have a break and reinvigorate yourself on a trip.”

Add it to your next Nagambie holiday.