Yellingbo is a rural district 48 km east of Melbourne, south of Woori Yallock.

The district was originally named Claxton after the proprietor of the store and post office on the Woori Yallock Creek. The name later became Parslons Bridge, after the name of the son-in-law who carried on the post office and store. In the 1930s the name was changed to Yellingbo, after the so-called ‘last known’ Aboriginal inhabitant. According to Bunce's Language of the Aborigines of the Colony of Victoria (1859), Yellingbo is an Aboriginal word meaning today.

The township is at the corner of Parslons Road and the Healesville-Koo Wee Rup Road, consisting of the general store, primary school (1954), public hall and fire brigade. Nearby on the Woori Yallock, Cockatoo and Sheep Station Creeks there are important fauna reserves for the preservation of two of Victoria’s State faunal emblems, the Helmeted Honeyeater and Leadbeater’s Possum. Yellingbo primary school had 28 pupils in 2014.

Yellingbo's census populations have been:

Census date Population
1954 79
2006 210
2011 515

Further Reading

Helen Coulson, Story of the Dandenongs, 1838-1958, Melbourne, 1968