Yinnar is located in the picturesque Morwell River Valley with views of the Strzelecki Ranges. Situated 20 kilometres south west of Morwell, the township provides a rural residential area for those employed in the Latrobe Valley’s industrial, educational and service sectors. It is the centre of an active mixed farming industry.
The District of Yinnar includes the communities of Yinnar South and Jeeralang Junction.
Yinnar was established in the late 1800s and was a thriving town with many services and businesses. The first hotel was built in 1885. The Church of England was first established in 1898, and in 1921, the Firmins children donated an inscribed bell to St Mathews in honour of their parents. The bell was removed when the church was demolished in 1999 and is now displayed in the Main Street as a reminder of the town’s heritage.
Yinnar has a primary school, kindergarten, bowls club, sporting reserves, playground and community garden.
Permanent sculptures along the main street set the scene for the eclectic arts community. ArcYinnar, housed in a former butter factory, is a unique centre for creativity and contemporary arts that combines a superb gallery, a performance venue, studio spaces for artists, and resource services.
The Railway Goods Shed Museum contains historical items for Yinnar and district and is open by appointment.
The local hotel provides a meeting place for locals and visitors with the Strzelecki Stringbusters band playing on the last Wednesday of each month.
Nearby attractions include Morwell River falls, Morwell National Park, Hazelwood Pondage, hiking Grand Strzelecki track, and one of the smallest churches in Australia, ‘Holy Innocents’ at Yinnar South.