Quiet village proud of its heritage
AN AREA rich in natural rainforest parks and reserves, Yandina is known for its pub, the Ginger Factory, Yandina Station and Wappa Falls Astronomy Observatory.
Found just off the Bruce Highway and with the imposing backdrop of Mount Ninderry in the east, this quiet subtropical town is brimming with heritage-listed buildings. It is also one of the oldest towns of the Sunshine Coast.
This is an attractive suburb for people looking to relocate for calmer, village-style living or acreage properties.
A small community to the west of the town was one of the settings for Pater Carey’s award-winning novel, Bliss.
An IGA supermarket anchors a shopping centre on the southern entry to the town.
With neat three-bedroom homes still available in the low $300,000s and blocks of land available to build new homes for even less, Yandina is an affordable area for the investor or for first-home buyers.
In recent times there have been town subdivisions and acreage subdivisions.
The median sales price was $449,500 in October, up from $430,000 last January and $367,500 five years ago.
The median price of units was $235,000 in October while land was $258,000.
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 halfway between Maroochydore and Noosa, this hinterland town is a destination for foodies visiting the multiple award-winning Spirit House. The Spirit House not only offers patrons a place to eat but also a popular cooking school.
The historic river-front property at The Rocks is the venue for weddings, conferences, corporate and lifestyle events.
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.
Yandina’s name comes from “yan” meaning “to go” and “dinna”, meaning “feet”.
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, which opened in 1880.
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.
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 anda picnic.
Award-winning Yandina Pioneer Coffee Roastery provides superior coffee.