Yan­d­ina a real di­a­mond in the rough

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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.

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