Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Yandina

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Yandina

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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. …

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