Stanley - Yackandandah
Stanley is ideally located in the beautiful sub-alpine region of North-East Victoria 25 minutes off the Hume Freeway, close to historic Beechworth. It is surrounded by fruit and nut orchards as well as pine and old eucalypt forests. There is a diversity of flora, fauna and fine local produce with berries and cherries in high summer and apples, walnuts and chestnuts throughout autumn.
When visiting Stanley take a 15 minute drive to Mt. Stanley (1050m). In 1932 a steel look-out tower was built on the summit for fire-detection purposes, one of the first built in Victoria. Here you will find picnic facilities, and on a clear day, the Victorian Alps and surrounding region can be seen. The Stanley State Forest is located only 40km east of Wangaratta. The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), through its Forests Service, manages State forests to conserve plant and animal life, and also provide the community with timber, water and recreational opportunities.
Easily accessible from Melbourne and close to the regional centres of Albury/Wodonga and Wangaratta, Stanley and the Beechworth district provides an ideal place for those seeking to explore a special part of Victoria's natural heritage.
Originally known as Snake Gully or Nine Mile, Stanley was a bustling gold mining town during the 1850's and 1860's. In 1857, the township was surveyed and officially named 'Stanley'. By this stage there were over 5000 people residing in the district.
The town had a number of hotels, a bakery, a general store, a brewery, a boot maker, a carpenter, a butcher and a sawmill. Today, Stanley has a general store a restaurant and the Stanley Country Pub. While the Stanley Country Pub building has been replaced, the site and licence remain original. Opening as the 'Star Hotel' in the 1850's, it was part of J.A. Wallace's chain of hotels across North-East Victoria, all named the 'Star'.
Step Back in Time at Yackandandah!
Visiting Yackandandah is like stepping back in time. Nestled in a picturesque undulating valley at the foothills of the Australian Alps, this historic hamlet dates back to the 1850's.
Yackandandah’s wide tree-lined main street is distinctive with large English trees that date back to the 19th century. Verandahs with wide awnings, tea houses, bakeries, galleries, and specialty craft, antique and collectable shops are all a feature of this historic town, including a couple of country pubs and gracious churches. Many buildings, sites, trees and the commercial premises of town are now listed by the Australian Heritage Commission, Heritage Victoria and the National Trust.
A stroll down High Street is a delightful way to learn a little of the history of Yackandandah and takes only 20 minutes or so. Start at the school opposite the shire offices, and looking at sites on both sides of High Street, follow its gentle fall, to the end at Williams Street or walk a little further to the old stone bridge
The Yackandandah area was settled in about 1837, principally as large pastoral runs. A village began in the early 1850's with the gold rush. Most of the notable buildings date from the 20 years or so after the first land sales of early 1857.
The heritage significance of Yackandandah is well recognised with High Street in the centre of the Yackandandah Conservation Area. Declared by the Australian Heritage Commission, the conservation area includes five buildings individually listed on the National Estate Register; the former Athenaeum, the Court House, the First Bank of Australasia, the former Dean's Grocery Store, and the stone bridge at Isaacs Avenue.