Quiet vil­lage proud of its her­itage

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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 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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

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