A little about Yarraman: The Wild Horse Town
The timber town of Yarraman is located at the junction of the D’Aguilar and New England Highways, approximately 154 kilometres north-west of Brisbane. Yarraman is the easternmost town in the Toowoomba Shire and has a population of around 1,400 residents.
Yarraman established its own private electricity company in the 1930’s. The plant supplied reliable power to the town and neighbouring areas until the mid-1950’s when the State Government took over responsibility for power supplies. The Yarraman Power Company was one of the last private electricity companies in Queensland, and some remains of it can still be seen in the area today.
The Brisbane Valley Line was decommissioned in the 1980’s and its loss threw Yarraman into a temporary decline. Today, though, the town draws most of its wealth from timber, agriculture and tourism.
The town is surrounded by a mixture of commercial hoop pine plantations, State Forests and picturesque South Burnett grazing countryside. The Tarong Power Station is located only a short drive to the north and the Ted Pukallus Weir (a popular local fishing hole) is located about 5km south of town.
Yarraman has a rich timber heritage and one of its major industries is the Yarraman Sawmill (the other is the Yarraman Bacon Factory). There are a number of well-marked walking and driving trails through the nearby pine forests and the area is very popular with bush walkers and naturalists.
One of the town’s major tourist attractions is Heritage House, the home of the Yarraman Historical Society. Heritage House was established in 1997 in a former boys’ boarding convent – originally as a museum, but now also incorporating extensive art, craft, tapestry and timber displays. It’s now being extended as a terminus for the Brisbane Valley Heritage Trail.
Cooyar – a short drive west of Yarraman on the New England Highway – is home to the Palms National Park (one of the smallest national parks in Australia) and the Cooyar suspension bridge. A platypus sanctuary is also being developed there.
Major annual events include:
- the Cooyar Show and Rodeo (held at the Cooyar Showgrounds each February)
- the Yarraman Horse Ride (held each March)
- the Yarraman Family Fishing Competition (held each November)
- the Yarraman Christmas Carnival (each December)