Woori Yallock - AKA 'Woori' - Warburton Highway - Victoria
Woori Yallock is located in the centre of the Yarra Valley about 18km east of Lilydale and the same distance west of Warburton. Healesville is a similar distance to the north. The confluence of the Yarra River and one of its major tributaries, Woori Yallock Creek, is about halfway between 'Woori' and Healesville.
The Warburton Highway and Healesville Kooweerup Road, a major link between East Gippsland and the Hume Freeway and North East Victoria, intersect in the middle of the town.
A hundred years ago most visitors arrived here via the newly opened railway.
Many would have spent some time fishing. In those days, cod up to 30 lb. could be caught; blackfish and eels were plentiful.
Today the cod are long gone but blackfish can still be caught - particularly in the smaller streams - and eels are still plentiful.
The railway ceased service in 1964: the rails were removed and the line was closed to the public for more than 30 years.
However, over the past few years the railway easement has been converted to a walking and cycling track and visitors are again arriving in Woori via the railway!
For many years Woori was a small farming community. Staying at a farmstay provides a glimpse of the past, with goats, alpacas and farmland on the doorstep, 5 mins to many local wineries.
Construction of the Upper Yarra Dam after World War II provided many Valley residents with employment, and recent development and subdivisions have turned Woori Yallock into an outer suburb, many locals now travelling to Melbourne each day to work. Fortunately, large areas around Woori are zoned 'agricultural', and high quality produce is available at numerous cellar doors and gourmet food outlets.