Postal code 3451
Federal division Division of Bendigo
LGA(s) Shire of Mount Alexander
|State electorate(s) Bendigo West|
Local time Monday 3:49 PM
Population 310 (2011 census)
|Location 131 km (81 mi) NW of Melbourne
47 km (29 mi) S of Bendigo
9 km (6 mi) S of Castlemaine|
Weather 13°C, Wind S at 24 km/h, 62% Humidity
Yapeen is a town in central Victoria, Australia. The locality is in the Shire of Mount Alexander local government area and on the Midland Highway, 131 kilometres (81 mi) north west of the state capital, Melbourne and 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) south of Castlemaine. At the 2011 census, Yapeen had a population of 310.
Map of Yapeen VIC 3451, Australia
The locality was originally part of the Strathloddon pastoral run. Gold was discovered in the area in 1852 and miners flocked to what was known as the "Pennyweight Flat diggings". The settlement was named "Yapeen" in 1861, for an Aboriginal word meaning "green hill" or "valley". Chinese miners were prominent in the area and some later established market gardens.
A school was first established in Yapeen in 1858 with a dedicated school building constructed in 1877. The school closed in 2010.