Yarram is a major service centre for coastal communities in Gippsland, located south of the Strzelecki Ranges, east of Wilsons Promontory, and inland from the historic Port Albert.
The South Gippsland Highway passes through Yarram on its journey near Victoria's southern coastline, opening up into a wide boulevard through the town centre with attractive gardens in the central strip. The town features several historical buildings, including the landmark Regent Theatre (built in 1928) and the courthouse which now functions as a local visitor information centre and gallery. A number of prominent and colourful murals, depicting various local historical figures, have been painted on the side of buildings in Yarram by street artist Heesco.
The Yarram Memorial Gardens, located at the southern end of the town's commercial centre next to the bowling green and pool, feature water attractions, pathways and a playground. At the northern entrance to town there is a picnic area just off the highway which is based around the old bridges over the Tarra River and overlooks this waterway and surrounding grazing land.
For a scenic drive into the Strzelecki Ranges, follow the Tarra Valley Road north-west from Yarram heading towards Traralgon. The 30 kilometre journey to the heart of the Tarra Bulga National Park is along a narrow, winding road (not recommended for caravans) which closely follows the Tarra River as it passes through dense rainforest and fern gullies. Along the way are various picnic spots beside the Tarra River and the scenic Tarra Falls. The Tarra Bulga National Park has a comprehensive visitor centre located at Balook, which is the starting point for a number of scenic trails through the rainforest. A 280 metre stroll from the Bulga picnic ground is a grand pedestrian suspension bridge which spans a lush fern valley.