Learn to Dance
You do dance? well come along and meet the crowd. You have been watching those shows? Well come along meet other beginners...but it is not as easy for everyone as it appears.
So if you want a bit of ballroom..waltz...latin...this is the place to go. Beginners and advanced are catered for. And you will learn some Australian competition New Vogue...none of those obscure 'pixie dances' taught here. A new series has now been introduced at beginner's level so for a bit of 'Street Latin' every now and again head this way.
Actually the studio works with sets of 3 dances which change every 4 weeks plus a few fun dances at the end.
Private lessons can be arranged...quite flexible or you can join the dance class Tuesday night
Just a little way up the highway from Yandina (heading north) you will come to the Eumundi exit from the Bruce Highway or else you can take the back road from Yandina, Bunya Road ,and you will find Templetons Dance Studio at numder 651....the last before the roundabout. It is well signed.
It is actually on a flourishing ginger farm so there is heaps of parking room.
The proprietor John can be contacted at +61 7 54428254.
The classes are now managed by LUKE on mobile +61 438 784 389 (0438 784 389 Australia.)
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Visit the Saturday Farmers Market
This market is still fairly old fashioned...sort of "car boot "style. Not much of that fake Chinese cheap import rubbish. There are local products...tools...home made cakes...flowers...plants (lots of seedlings)...and fresh produce. Actually some fresh produce comes from our farm. We send along bananas...lettuce...cabbage...fennel...ans lots more.
This market is to have a' facelift' in 2013
After the market you can enjoy coffee in a special shop I just love.
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Go to the Rock!
Visit Dunethin Rock at Yandina,you won't be disappointed because the views across the Maroochy river towards the ranges and the valley are simply beautiful.The country is peaceful and watch out for the wildlife..especially kookaburras.
It is a bit hard to find but if you ask a local they will give you directions.
VT member al2401 sent me some photo's she took when we were here August 2012.
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Yandina is one of the Sunshine Coast's heritage towns. There are many well preserved older homes and the shopfronts in Stevens Street reflect the past.
The two main public buildings of histroical interest are the School of Arts Hall and the Pub.
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Explore the Maroochy River
Yandina is nestled betwen the South and North arms of the Maroochy River just a bit further west than the popular fishing spot of Dunethin Rock.
There is a boat ramp, picnic tables and a little fishing jetty and a plesant walk along the river.
Dunethin Rock is easily accesible by road from Yandina.
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Learn to cook Thai food
The Spirit House restaurant and cooking school is set amongst tropical gardens near the town of Yandina. The restaurant is known throughout Australia and the cooking classes are popular with visitors and locals alike - so popular that you have to book sometimes months ahead to get the class you want.
The classes are for a small group and all ingredients and utensils are provided. There is tuition in choice of the unique ingredients, and the correct use of the utensils needed for Thai cooking. After learning and cooking the meal the class then gets to eat and enjoy it.
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Buderim Ginger Factory
Originally located in Buderim the ginger factory was relocated in 1980 to 9 hectares of land in Yandina. During the 1990's it became established as the producer of the "Worlds Finest Ginger" and today exports to over 17 countries. The company has recently expanded into the production of Macadamia Nuts.
The factory complex is also host to visitors offering pleny of activities from a tour of the factory, a train ride on an old converted sugar locomotive and plenty of outlets to try and purchase ginger and macadamia products. There is also a large undercover seating area and cafe.
Admission is free but ticket need to be purchased for the activities.
The Ginger Factory: All Aboard
There was nobody on the train when we arrived. Admission to the Ginger Factory is free, though you have to pay for the train ride. It may not be the fastest train ride, but it's indeed historical.
The train was originally used to haul logs before it was converted to a cane train. The train itself has more than 100 years of history. So when I boarded te cabin, I wasn't sure if the lil ol train engine can pull us along.
It was a ride that got my kids excited. We went past a ginger farm and also saw some of their tools of trade. It was not all these that got them excited. It was the breeze on their face, the smoke of the train and even the tooting of the horn made it such a great ride!
The Ginger Factory
So much to do and so little time. This Ginger Factory has its history from Bunderim before it moved its factory to Yandina.
I arrived at The Ginger Factory at about 3pm. Realising that I had only 2 hours, I took a map from the main counter and headed towards the train ride. No time to lose! There were little knick-knack shops that you can visit inside the park, have a bite at their cafes and even buy their ginger sweets and honey in their front shop.
Face-Off with History
Many a times, we rush to see the important places of interest without stopping by its surrounding area, which also holds much charm. This was the case for Yadina.
I'd heard much about the Ginger Factory there and was so tempted to do that visit and then leave. I'm so happy that it was by circumstance that I had to stop by the lovely little township of Yadina.
The first memorable thing that I came across was this sign that bore historical facts about the Yadina - a bakery that stood its ground from 1900 to 1975. Interesting!
So you like old pubs?
Well this one goes back as far as 1887(one of the oldest buildings on the Sunshine coast) but not in the position it is today. The building was actually placed on skids and pulled to its present position by a team of bullocks.
Today the building has been refurbished and boasts the usual drawcards....entertainment...meals.. but it still has the aura of an old original Aussie pub of the Gold rush era. Today ladies are welcome!
Old photographs show the original name 'The Australian". We do have a listing of old pub treasures...you will find them in towns all over the country and I love to find the ones out a bit with some Aussie character.
So you have' ginger factory' up to your ears...well for a slight change cross over the road (and the road is not a main highway) and have a 'bo-peep' at the Nutworks.
Actually I love Macadamia nuts so here you are right at the macadamia processing complex. There is an information centre where you can view the actual processing , a related video to watch, a gift shop selling souvenirs, and a retail shop selling nuts and nut-related products, such as cosmetics and creams.
Oh 'yes' try them with vanilla icecream...an old favouite of mine.
I only read somewhere recently that the Aboriginal people first discovered the nuts some 30,000 years ago some where near Maryborough.
Yes you can go nutty at Yandina but not until you have eaten the nuts...visited the pub....and enjoyed a coffee at the organic shop.
And if you need help there is an Information Centre.
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Visit the Historic House Info Centre
This is one special information centre and new to us. It is not only an historic house but also an art gallery.
And you have guessed from the photo tea and coffee are served. You can also look at a range of gifts for sale.
The Yandina Historic House is an old Yandina Home which has been renovated and run by volunteers of the Yandina & District Historical Society.
You must pop in before you go too far in Yandina.
A scenic drive to Dunethin Rock
There is quite a nice drive from Yandina to Bli Bli which takes you to a delightful picnic spot called Dunethin Rock right on the banks of the river.
You can do this drive from Maroochydore/Mooloolaba as well
Quite a bit of history to read in the archives
"Dunethin Rock, a scenic reserve on the southern bank of the upper Maroochy River, is an important site associated with the development of tourism from the early 1900s on the Sunshine Coast, a major tourist region in Queensland" and much more if you care to look.
In the Strawberry season you will find the McMartins Strawberry farm open for business and serving cups of tea. The homemade strawberry ice cream is famous.
McMartins Farm Sports Road, Bli Bli, 4560
Ph. 07 5448 5497 / 0410 534 560 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you arrive at Bli Bli...and do not miss Bli Bli Castle(I think it is called Sunshine Castle now).... there is a road to Nambour or you can continue on to Maroochydore and other great beaches. It is easy to find Buderim as well from Bli Bli! Just drive along the front and watch for the sign.
If you wish to travel from the Bli Bli end back to Yandina take Willis road and watch for the signs.
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So now to Point Glorious
Now do not confuse this place with Mount Glorious close to Brisbane. Point Glorious is at the back of Yandina. Besides an exciting drive and looking at the views you can also do a bit of climbing.
Climbing is located underneath the lookout
Location: Point Glorious is located in the Yandina Hinterland. To get there, you must first drive through the township of Yandina and follow Cooloolabin Rd for about 15 minutes, until you spot Buckby road on the right. Take this turn off and follow the signs marked "Point Glorious". 15 minutes off road. To access the climbing first walk to the lookout (20 seconds), then walk left along the top of the cliff until it starts going downwards. Follow this to get to the base of the cliff.
I was told a bit of ab sailing goes on here as well.