Yandina a real diamond in the rough
AN AREA rich in natural rainforest parks and reserves, Yandina, is known for its pub, the Ginger Factory, Yandina Station and Wappa Falls Astronomoy Observatory.
Found just off the Bruce Highway and home to native animals such as kangaroos, koalas and wombats, this quiet subtropical town is brimming with heritage-listed buildings. It is also one of the oldest towns of the Sunshine Coast.
Yandina is the hub for an expanding industrial park that includes such national products as Rockcote renders, textures and paints, as well as Nutworks macadamia nut processing. APN Print’s multi-million-dollar printing facility is part of the estate.
Situated half way between Maroochydore and Noosa, this hinterland town is a destination point for foodies visiting the multiple award winning Spirit House. The Spirit House not only offers patrons a place to eat but also a very popular cooking school.
Yandina’s name comes from ‘yan’ meaning ‘to go’ and ‘dinna’, meaning ‘feet’. Not only a town but also a locality, Yandina was home to Aboriginal people who lived in the district for more than 40,000 years. Along with other tribes occupying traditional resource areas, they belonged to the Gubbi Gubbi language group.
The first town in the Maroochy district, the town was surveyed in 1870 following European settlement in 1850. Many of the original buildings and much of the heritage streetscape of Stevens St have been preserved. It is here you will find the Anglican church, the oldest on the Coast and originally built as a community church that opened in 1880.
The Yandina hotel dates back to 1889. When the railway came through town, the pub was relocated in 1891 using rollers and a bullock team. In the same year, the post office was moved to the new railway station. Heritage listed and privately-owned Koongalba homestead is one of several local historic homes.
Early timber-getters logged beech, cedar, bunya pine and flooded gum. The timber industry remained important until the 1970s when a shortage of timber forced the closure of the Yandina mill.
On the North Maroochy River, the fertile land around Yandina has been used for beef and dairy cattle, fruit growing, sugar cane and ginger.
Yandina became home to the Buderim Ginger Factory after it moved operations from Buderim in 1978. The encompassing tourist attraction established in 1980 offers rides, factory tours, shops, restaurants and other exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The popular confectionery and ginger products are known worldwide.
A Saturday morning can be enjoyed at the local market where you will discover plants, food and bric-a-brac.
Not only is Yandina train station a rail link between Brisbane to Nambour, the area is also home to Wappa Falls Astronomical Observatory. Open for almost 30 years, this is one of Queensland’s leading private observatories.
Nearby Wappa Dam is a beautiful place to enjoy nature at its best and is also the perfect setting for a picnic.
Award-winning Yandina Pioneer Coffee Roastery provides superior coffee as well as barista classes for those seeking the inside scoop on how to make that perfect caffeine cuppa.
This is an attractive suburb for people looking to relocate for calmer, village-style living or acreage properties.
With neat three-bedroom homes still available in the low $300,000s and blocks of land available for those wishing to build new homes even less.
Yandina is an affordable area for the investor or for first home buyers.
The Yandina Hotel dates back to 1889.