Yan­d­ina is the best of both worlds

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YAN­D­INA is un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion.

No longer sim­ply the cen­tre of sugar cane and gin­ger farm­ing, it has been dis­cov­ered as an ur­ban com­mu­nity with a ru­ral edge.

Its own IGA, ho­tel, sev­eral cof­fee shops, and the blend of vil­lage life with some big­ger hold­ings is mixed with new es­tates.

With Mt Nin­derry to the east and Cooloolabin plus the Mapleton State For­est on the ranges to the west, it is the best of both worlds.

It fea­tures a pri­mary school, sport­ing fields, in­dus­trial ar­eas and the Gin­ger Fac­tory plus tourism cen­tre.

The me­dian house price was at $440,000 in April, af­ter reach­ing $449,000 in March. Five years ago the me­dian price was $360,000. It went through strong growth in Novem­ber 2014 and Septem­ber 2016.

Land is $250,000, af­ter reach­ing $258,900 a year ago.

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 on the Sun­shine Coast.

This is an at­trac­tive sub­urb for peo­ple look­ing to re­lo­cate to calmer, vil­lage-style liv­ing or acreage prop­er­ties.

A small com­mu­nity to the west of the town was one of the set­tings for Peter Carey’s award-win­ning novel, Bliss.

To­day, an IGA su­per­mar­ket an­chors a new 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 for those wish­ing to build new homes even less, Yan­d­ina is an af­ford­able area for the in­vestor or for first home buy­ers.

In re­cent times there have been both town sub­di­vi­sions as well as small 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 point for food­ies vis­it­ing the mul­ti­ple award-win­ning Spirit House. The Spirit House not only of­fers pa­trons a place to eat but is also a pop­u­lar cook­ing school.

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”. 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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

Yan­d­ina’s vil­lage-style at­mos­phere ap­peals to more and more res­i­dents.

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