Kyabram is a large town in north central Victoria, Australia. Kyabram is located in the centre of a rich irrigation district in the Goulburn River Valley, 200 kilometres (120 mi) north of Melbourne. It is the second-largest town in the Shire of Campaspe, situated between the towns of Echuca and Shepparton and is close to the Murray River, Goulburn River, Campaspe River and Waranga Basin. As of the 2016 census the town had a population of 7,331 people and provides services to a district population of around 16,000. Surrounding smaller towns include Merrigum (pop. 490), Lancaster, Undera, Cooma, Wyuna, Kyvalley, Girgarre, Stanhope and Tongala.

The name of the town is thought to derive from an Aboriginal word Kiambram meaning "Thick Forest".[citation needed]


The Yorta Yorta people are the original inhabitants of the Goulburn valley.[citation needed]

The township started in the 1870s with the first sale of town blocks held in 1876. Kyabram Post Office opened on 23 September 1878. Sheridan Post Office opened on 1 December 1884. On 8 April 1886, in anticipation of the arrival of the railway at what was then Sheridan, Kyabram was renamed Kyabram East and Sheridan was renamed Kyabram.[2] The Kyabram Mechanics' Institute was built in 1891.

John Allan, who lived in Kyabram from 1873, became Premier of Victoria in 1924 and Australia's first Country Party premier. Allan was associated with the Kyabram Reform Movement, a conservative political organisation formed at the start of the 20th century and led by Benjamin Goddard, a local businessman.[3] The movement's campaign played a significant role in the downfall of the Peacock state government in June 1902 and its sound defeat in the subsequent October election.[4] The incoming Irvine government substantially reduced the number of state parliamentarians, a key demand of the movement.[3]

Kyabram was formally proclaimed a town on 4 July 1973.[citation needed]

The Kyabram Magistrates' Court closed on 1 January 1990.[5]


The district is dependent on the primary industries of dairying and fruit orchards. Henry Jones IXL, a subsidiary of SPC Ardmona, operate a plant in the town, manufacturing IXL jams. The town provides engineering, financial advisors, solicitors and accounting services to the district as well as cold storage and specialist dairy services. Kyabram also boasts a family owned Camel dairy unique to Australia.[citation needed] Nestlé (Tongala) downsizing, Southern Processing Ltd and Fonterra (Stanhope) all have food processing plants nearby.


Medical and aged care services in the town include a 46-bed hospital, a 30-bed home for the aged, infant welfare centre, ambulance station, several doctors, dentists and other health practitioners. A residential drug and alcohol rehab. Kyabram also has a local police station and volunteer CFA station.


Kyabram has combined three state schools (Kyabram Secondary College, Dawes Rd (Demolished) and Haslem St Primary Schools) to one P-12 school containing three campuses (Dawes, Haslem and Fisher). Kyabram also has a Catholic primary and secondary school (St Augustine's College), two kindergartens and the Kyabram Community & Learning Centre providing community services and adult learning opportunities for the people of Kyabram and the surrounding region.

Kyabram also has their own Blue Light (Kyabram Blue Light) branch run by local police, business owners and community members providing youth engagement activities for young people in the district. The group is well known for their program known as KyFit which is a gym based mentoring program conducted throughout the town weekly, which has been the base for many similar programs country wide. Kyabram Blue Light often enters teams in many local events such as the Massive Murray Marathon and the Mad Cow Mud Run, where local police officers and young people come together to form teams. Kyabram Blue Light is currently headed up by Senior Constable Mitchell Bull, who was named Campaspe Shire's Citizen of the Year 2022.


The local newspaper is called the Kyabram Free Press, a part of the McPherson media group in the region, with a circulation of roughly 3,300 copies (Victorian Country Press Association 2008).

Local police also have a Facebook page distributing local police news, Campaspe Eyewatch


Attractions include the Kyabram Fauna Park, a 55-hectare (140-acre) reserve housing five hundred species of wildlife. There are free-roaming kangaroos and emus and hides to observe a variety of water birds.


Kyabram Airfield

Popular sports in Kyabram include Australian rules football and cricket. The local football team is known as the Bombers who compete in the Goulburn Valley Football Netball League.[6] Netball and soccer are also popular in Kyabram.

Golfers play at the course of the Kyabram Valley View Golf and Bowls Club on Curr Road, Mount Scobie,[7] or at the Kyabram Parkland Golf Club, the home of the Victorian Par 3 Amateur Championships, on Racecourse Rd, Kyabram.[8]

Notable residents


Kyabram has produced a number of AFL and VFL players:

Other sports


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Kyabram (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 11 April 2008
  3. ^ a b Bossence, W.H. "Goddard, Benjamin (1834–1912)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  4. ^ Gregory, Alan. "Peacock, Sir Alexander James (1861–1933)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 23 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Review of Legal Services in Rural and Regional Victoria" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria Law Reform Committee. May 2001. pp. 291–292. Retrieved 12 April 2020.
  6. ^ Full Points Footy, Kyabram, archived from the original on 24 July 2008, retrieved 25 July 2008
  7. ^ Golf Select, Kyabram Valley View, retrieved 11 May 2009
  8. ^ KyabramParkland, Kyabram Parkland Golf Club, retrieved 25 December 2010

External links

Media related to Kyabram at Wikimedia Commons