Holiday and retirement resort near the Murray River
Yarrawonga is located at the south-western corner of Lake Mulwala where the lake passes through the Yarrawonga Weir and flows into the Murray River. These two bodies of water form part of the state boundary with New South Wales. Mulwala is clustered along the western shore of the lake. As it is located on the other side of the weir and the river to Yarrawonga it is, therefore, in New South Wales. However, the two are linked by a bridge over the mouth of the lake and virtually constitute a continuous settlement.
Being close to vast amounts of water and noted for its sunshine, it would come as no surprise to learn that this area is essentially a holiday resort and retirement centre, although the irrigation scheme supports substantial primary industries, such as dairying, agriculture and pastoral activities, in the surrounding countryside. Yarrawonga also has an explosives factory, a hydro-electrical power station and sheep sale yards. It is 264 km north-east of Melbourne via the Hume Freeway (turn off at Benalla) and 128 metres above sea-level. Yarrawonga has 5522 residents while Mulwala has 1750.
The Yarrawonga-Mulwala Visitor Information Centre is located in Irvine Pde on the shores of the lake, just beside the bridge. They have maps, activity sheets, day tours and educational information, tel: (03) 5744 1989 or free-call (1800) 062 260.
The centre contains the Old Yarra Mine Shaft, a walk-through replica mine with fossils, crystals, opals, gems and minerals implanted in the artificial seams. To contact a web-site which specialises in the local area go to http://www.yarrawongamulwala.com.au
Yarrawonga Mulwala Visitor Information Centre
Yarrawonga VIC 3730
Telephone: (03) 5744 1989, 1800 062 260