Yerrinbool, New South Wales

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Yerrinbool is a Northern Village of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, Australia, in the Wingecarribee Shire, and is accessible from the Hume Highway (via Bargo or Alpine) and is about 12 km drive from nearby Mittagong. It is 6–8 km to Hill Top as the crow flies, accessible by foot via a fire trail. It was previously officially known as the Town of Yerrinbool. It is located on the historic Old Hume Highway. At the 2016 census, Yerrinbool had a population of 1,164.[1]

New South Wales
Yerrinbool Railway Station.JPG
Yerrinbool station
Yerrinbool is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°22′S 150°33′E / 34.367°S 150.550°E / -34.367; 150.550Coordinates: 34°22′S 150°33′E / 34.367°S 150.550°E / -34.367; 150.550
Population1,164 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Wingecarribee Shire
RegionSouthern Highlands
State electorate(s)Wollondilly
Federal Division(s)Hume
Localities around Yerrinbool:
Balmoral Yanderra
Hill Top Yerrinbool Upper Nepean Catchment Area
Colo Vale Alpine


Yerrinbool railway station is served by the NSW TrainLink Southern Highlands Line.

The Yerrinbool General Store, across the road from the station, closed in 2014. Community facilities include a community hall, fire station, an Anzac memorial, sporting field and skate park. Located on the northern outskirts of the town, is the Tennessee Orchard, the main crop being apples, and where local fresh produce can be purchased in season.

Yerrinbool's sporting field is home-ground for the joint Yerrinbool-Bargo soccer team; the Yerrinbool-Bargo Bushrangers.[2] The Bushrangers are part of the Highlands Soccer Association[3] and a team in the Highlands Competition.

It contains a Bahá'í School which is a retreat for practitioners of the Bahá'í religion. It is known as the Yerrinbool Baha'i Centre of Learning.[4] See Bahá'í Faith in Australia.


Aerial view from north-west

Yerrinbool is distinguished on the Hume Highway as the town which has the "Welcome to the Southern Highlands" sign as it is the first town of the Southern Highlands on the Hume Highway coming from Sydney.

Yerrinbool can also be distinguished by the Tennessee Orchard Sign which has a large round red apple on it. The bright sign can be seen when travelling past the village on the Hume Highway.


The name Yerrinbool is an Aboriginal word for the Wood Duck[5] — a species which is quite common around the ponds in Yerrinbool. The area where Yerrinbool was prior to settlement was known as "Little Forest".[6]

On 13 July 1919, Yerrinbool railway station along with now closed Aylmerton Station was officially open for use on the Main South Line.[7] It was built on the new train line that was built between Mittagong and Picton to replace what is known today as the disused Picton Loop Railway Line. This line was built to ease steep grades as the original line left Picton Station train traffic "bottlenecked"[citation needed].

With the line and station now operating, the village was laid out, with two early land sales of Yerrinbool Station Estate on 6 October 1919 [8] and 1 January 1920.[9]

Yerrinbool Post Office opened on 1 December 1919 on the arrival of the railway and closed in 1977.[10] The Yerrinbool General Store was built and opened in 1921 along with a saw-mill which has now been demolished. On 20 August 1922, a school was opened with 30 students enrolled. However, the school building was burnt down in a fire in the 1970s and not rebuilt. The community hall was built in March 1938 by local voluntary labour.

The Yerrinbool Baha'i School was first opened in May 1937 as a Baha'i Summer School.[11]

According to the census in 1954, Yerrinbool had 50 dwellings with a population of 150.

Heritage listingsEdit

Yerrinbool has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Yerrinbool". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 11 July 2017.  
  2. ^ Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine Yerrinbool-Bargo Soccer Club
  3. ^ Archived 2008-07-18 at the Wayback Machine Highlands Soccer Association Inc
  4. ^ Archived 2008-08-27 at the Wayback Machine Yerrinbool Baha'i Centre of Learning
  5. ^ "NSW Railway Station Names and Origins". Archived from the original on 30 September 2018. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  6. ^ Bayley, W. A. 1975. Picton-Mittagong Main Line Railway. p. 8 Bulli: Austrail. ISBN 0-909597-15-4
  7. ^ "Yerrinbool Station". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Advertising". SMH. 6 October 1919. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  9. ^ "Real Estate Report". SMH. 10 January 1920. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  10. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 26 May 2011.
  11. ^ Yerrinbool Baha'i School History
  12. ^ "Nepean Dam". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H01368. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

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