South Gippsland - Victoria - Australia
- photographs, information, interesting things to see and do -
Yanakie is located approx 186 kilometers south east of Melbourne on the way to 'The Prom'. A two and a half hour drive from Melbourne along the South Gippsland Highway, turning off at Meeniyan, Fish Creek or Foster, will bring you to this quiet town which is the last one before the gateway to the Wilsons Prom National Park. It is positioned on a narrow strip of land with Corner Inlet and Shallow Inlet on either side and is only several minutes drive to the gateway of the national park, 15 minutes to the main shopping precinct at Foster and 25 minutes to Tidal River.
Local Facilities - The licensed general store stocks a small range of supplies. A public phone and petrol station along with the Meeting Hall, playground, covered BBQ, public toilets, tennis court and the Yanakie Campdraft Arena, is really all that there is. The range of different holiday accommodation venues though is excellent.
Accommodation - The Yanakie Caravan Park is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities for holiday makers, fishing enthusiasts and nature lovers. With beautiful views to the mountains of Wilsons Prom, Mount Best, the Strzelecki Ranges, bush walking tacks and the boat ramp at your back door, what more could you want for a weekend getaway.
There are quite a number of Bed & Breakfast, self-contained cottages, cabins, fishing huts, quality guest houses and different types of holiday rental accommodation available. Use our search page to find a good listing to suit your requirements.
Boat Ramps - There is one at Duck Point behind the Caravan Park, but you'll need choose your time wisely because of the tidal restrictions. Several others are located on the other side of the main road at Shallow Inlet.
Yanakie Real Estate - Most properties in this area have a magnificent outlook toward either the mountains of Wilsons Prom, the Strzelecki Ranges, the Toora Windfarm or the tranquil water views of Corner Inlet. According to the tourist information, this area was first settled in 1850 and the lush pasture is still being used for grazing sheep and cattle.
Check with any of the Real Estate Agents in Foster or Leongatha for details of what is available to buy or rent. Yanakie is becoming a more sought-after-area and several of the Melbourne Real Estate Agents have exclusive listings here too.
The prices vary considerably, from expensive prime water view properties, on acreage, to bargain priced holiday houses. A very nice, freshly renovated home on the main road just sold for around $170,000.
Things To Do At Yanakie - Bushwalking, windsurfing in Shallow Inlet, fishing, swimming, boating, bird watching, horse riding, scenic light plane flights over Wilsons prom, kite surfing and general site-seeing in this peaceful and unique part of Victoria, make it an ideal destination for people who prefer nature and the outdoors.
Flower, Trees, Shrubs and Rock Formations - The local flora is quite amazing, with some species of plants found exclusively along this coastline. We saw the native New Zealand Spinach, Sea Spinach or Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides - as pictured above in the centre) growing wild on the beach and along fence lines.
I grow New Zealand Spinach in my garden at home and use it in place of Silverbeet or English Spinach, as it is a hardy perennial plant and needs no maintenance. It must be cooked (boiled or steamed) before eating as I've heard it can be toxic in large quantities.
I took more pictures of colourful rock formations, fungi, aquatic plants and native flora than I could fit on these pages, but you can find more examples in our new photo gallery, especially on the Yanakie page.Local Wildlife - There's no shortage of Wombats, Emus, Echidnas, Possums, Koalas, Kangaroos and Wallabies to be seen, especially being so close the the national park. So, be particularly careful when driving at night time, as they wander freely in this area.
Corner Inlet/Shallow Inlet Coastal And Marine Parks - Access to these areas can be gained by driving toward either of the Caravan Parks in Yanakie. It is well worth making some time to go site-seeing or bushwalking through the area as it is quite special.
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