Yandina – Sunshine Coast

Yandina, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

Yandina is a small country town. Its business centre is just 1 kilometer off the Bruce Highway.

The name Yandina honours our first inhabitants and means to go on footyan, go , dinna on foot. Yan-dinna was the name of the area of ancient bora rings and tribal ground in present-day Yandina Creek.

Following the Gympie gold rush in 1867, James Low established the Yandina Post Office in 1868.

Some lovely old wooden buildings remain in Yandina besides the hotel and the railway station. They are:

  • the Anglican Church, built as an undenominational church in 1880,
  • the Yandina School of Arts, built by the community in 1916,
  • and John McNab’s general store, Excelsior House, built in 1909.

Things to do in Yandina

Check out:

  • Yandina Historic House and Tourist Information Centre and collect the Yandina Heritage Trail brochure
  • Yandina’s historic town centre
  • The Ginger Factory
  • Nutworks
  • Pioneer Coffee Roastery
  • Yandina Markets (Saturday)
  • Fairhill Nursery and Botanic Gardens
  • Markets on Saturday morning at the Yandina Sports Complex
  • Climb Mt Ninderry
  • Canoe in the Maroochy River
  • Terella Brewing
  • Eumundi markets, just up the road.


  • Café Invigor8 (breakfast, lunch)
  • Goodness Gracious Organic & Gluten Free Café (breakfast, lunch)
  • Blessings Café @ the Timber Hut (breakfast, lunch)
  • Pete’s Village Bakery
  • Café Gingers
  • Stockman’s Pizza
  • Yandina Hotel
  • Thai Tong
  • Taj Dhaba Indian Cuisine
  • The Ginger Café at the Ginger Factory
  • Elements @ Fairhill Nursery
  • The Spirit House (bookings essential).
  • Picnic in one of the town parks


  • Wappa dam
    5 km out of town has landscaped picnic areas, toilets, barbeque facilities and play equipment
  • Dunethin Rock and Dunethin Lake on the Maroochy River
    7 km SE of Yandina off the Yandina-Bli Bli Road has picnic tables, toilet, boat ramp and a canoe launching pontoon
  • Cooloolabin DamIin Mapleton National Park on the Blackall Range is 9 km west of Yandina. There is 1.5 km of gravel road after Cooloolabin village. It is undeveloped but has a viewing area, picnic table and toilet block
  • If you have a 4WD you could venture further into Mapleton National Park. Either head north from Cooloolabin village via Buckby Road and Point Glorious Road to Point Glorious (an abseiling spot and picnic area) where you get views of  the coast and hinterland or continue on past Cooloolabin Dam to Mapleton along the forest drive.

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