Yarramalong (cedar country) is a township and suburb of the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia, located 20 kilometres (12 mi) upstream from Wyong along the Wyong River. It is part of the Central Coast Council local government area.
The Yarramalong township has: Rural Fire Station, two cemeteries, public school (which closed down recently and is now used for community purposes), general store/petrol station, bottle shop/guest house and a hall which was originally an art hall but is now also used for community purposes. Busways now only operates a school bus service between Yarramalong and Wyong. It was acquired from Yarramalong Bus Lines in 2008.
Yarramalong Valley is the home of many horse studs, turf farms, citrus crops as well as a macadamia nut farm and a lavender farm.
History of Yarramalong
The Yarramalong Valley is in the land of the Darkinjung people. The name derives from the aboriginal words, "Yarraman," meaning horse, and "long" meaning place. Yarraman is thought to be derived from the word "yira" or "yera" which means large teeth, possibly from one of the Sydney languages.
The Yarramalong Valley was first permanently settled by in 1856 by the Stinson and Waters families of Maitland. Prior to the 1850s the valley was logged by timber cutters driving teams of oxen from Wollombi and Maitland.
Yarramalong is the site of the former St Barnabas Church. Built in c. 1885, it is one of the oldest churches in Central Coast Council and now under a permanent conservation order. The church closed in 1977 and is now owned by the Central Coast Council.
Yarramalong has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Yarramalong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 16 February 2014.
- "Yarramalong". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013.
- Smith, Errol (20 February 2008). "End of era for bus pioneers". Central Coast Express Advocate. p. 9.
- "History of Yarramalong". Archived from the original on 16 March 2010.
- "About Our School". Yarramalong Public School. NSW Education. Archived from the original on 18 October 2009.
- "Battle to save heritage Yarramalong school". Central Coast Express Advocate. 20 October 2009. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011.
- "St. Barnabas Anglican Church". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. H00201. Retrieved 18 May 2018.