Yarraman is a relaxed country town and most of its CBD is built on the side
of a steep hill. It has a low-humidity climate of cool summers and brisk
The town is surrounded by a mixture of commercial hoop pine plantations,
State Forests and picturesque South Burnett grazing countryside. The Tarong
is located only a short drive to the north and the Ted
(a popular local fishing hole) is located about 5km south
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 bushwalkers 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)
and the Yarraman Christmas Carnival (each December).