Yambuk is not much more than a geographic point. The tiny town is just out of Port Fairy when heading west to Portland.
The township was established in the 1850s and the Post Office opening 1 March 1859.
At the 2006 census, the town and surrounding area had a population of 540.
Yambuk is the site of Pacific Hydro’s Yambuk Wind Farm and the adjacent Codrington Wind Farm.
To the west of Yambuk is the locality of Codrington which is notable for the wind farm and for being the only township in Australia to be named after a bushranger. In 1850 Codrington Revingstone held up the Portland to Port Fairy mail coach three times and the area became known as "Codrington's Forest". In the 1870s a township was surveyed on the projected road to Portland close to the coast and named, unwittingly, as Codrington. A road was later built inland and the township never established.
Yambuk is locally known for the Yambuk Slide, a large slide near the lake.
Be sure to take the time to check out the pub and the memorial.