Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Renovation or relocation for Gatehouse Cottage?

A cottage believed to be the Coast’s second oldest building will stand at least a little longer after councillors agreed to investigate renovation and relocation options.

Gatehouse Cottage, on Wharf St at Yandina, dates back to about 1891.

Its future on that site is limited, due to property owner Melinda Jones’ desire to build a duplex where the cottage currently stands.

She has gifted the cottage to Sunshine Coast Council if they can organise for its removal.

The cottage could be demolished with the approval of a private certifier because it is not on any heritage registers.

Options to retain the cottage were investigated by council officers during the past month.

They came back with the possibility of leaving the building where it stood and exploring other development options with Ms Jones, moving it to a neighbouring road reserve or taking it to Tea Tree Park in Yandina to stand near Yandina Historic House.

A council officer confirmed the building was of historical significance and it was likely a submission would be made to have it added to the council’s heritage register.

It will require some structural work such as door widening before it can be opened for public use.

Cr Greg Rogerson said during Thursday’s council meeting that the Yandina and District Historical Association and the Sunshine Coast Beekeepers groups were interested in using the building if it was moved to Tea Tree Park.

He said about $50,000 was a realistic cost of moving the building, re-stumping it and doing the plumbing and electrical work required for it to be ready for use.

Cr Ted Hungerford didn’t support the motion for more investigation, based on the condition of the building.

“I believe the cost of this, I just cannot justify,” Cr Hungerford said.

Cr Jenny McKay asked what price could be put on history.

She said a dollar value could not be put on it and urged other councillors to give the cottage a second chance.

Councillors did not define a time limit for when they expected the more-detailed report to be completed but noted Ms Jones was keen to get her building works under way and sought a decision urgently.


[Reprinted from Sunshine Coast Daily ‘Historic cottage defies demolition, for now’]

Sentio' Karan Hayman at Stevens Street Gallery, Yandina

‘Sentio’ Karan Hayman

Stevens Street Gallery

1 June to 31 July 2017

One of the founding members of the Roar Group of Artists from Melbourne, well known for her warm and highly personalised paintings. It is with great pleasure that Stevens Street Gallery presents the first solo exhibition of Karan Hayman in many years.

Pictured: “Wonder Woman’s Cat” by Karan Hayman, Oil on Linen, 2016, 71 x 84.

Address: 2 Stevens St, Yandina QLD 4561

Monday    Closed
Tuesday    Closed
Wednesday    9am–1pm
Thursday    9am–1pm
Friday    9am–1pm
Saturday    9am–1pm
Sunday    Closed

Phone: 0448 051 720

Velothon Sunshine Coast

Velothon Sunshine Coast

On Sunday 16th July there will be 1000 riders coming through Yandina from about 8.30​am​ to 12.30​p​m.

Velothon Sunshine Coast is a 1 Day or 3 Day Gran Fondo style mass participation ride that takes riders through the heart of Queensland’s picturesque Sunshine Coast – happening 13-16 July 2017.

Full details at the Velothon Sunshine Coast website


*  Friday nights at Club Yandina: Bistro open from 6pm. Steggalls Road, Yandina *

*  June 3, 4 and 10, 11 – BOW WAVE  Indee Theatre Comedy Cruise at the School of Arts Hall. Tickets available at Indee Theatre webstie *

*  10th June – World Wide Knit in Public Day from 10am at CWA Hall all welcome *

*  24th June – CWA International Day 10.30am *

*  21st July – CWA AGM and Craft 9.30am *

* 30th July – Huge Mane Event (RDA) *

*  11th August – QCWA 95th Birthday *

*  20th August – YANDINA STREET FAIR *

*  25th August–3rd September – Horizon Art and Craft Festival comes to Tea Tree Park and Yandina Historic House *

'Mt. Ninderry 8' Meg Woods. Acrylic on Paper. 2015

Conversations with Mt Ninderry

Stevens Street Gallery

31 March to 29 May 2017

Stevens Street Gallery presents a selection of works by a group of local artists including Tarja Ahokas, Deni McGuin, Katharine Nix, Jenni Radke, Carole Roberts, Karen Wockner and Meg Woods. Various mediums and techniques are explored both in 2D and 3D.

This unique show reflects the various relationships the artists have with Mt Ninderry.

Pictured: ‘Mt. Ninderry 8’ by Meg Woods. Acrylic on Paper. 2015. 59 x 43.

Sunshine Express Rail Tours steam train to visit Yandina

Steam Train to visit Yandina

On Saturday 18th March 2017 the Sunshine Express Rail Tours steam train will take passengers from Brisbane to the thriving Hinterland town of Yandina.

Travellers will then have 4 choices:-

  • A. Join a coach which will take you to the seaside resort of Noosa Heads where you can have a swim in the ocean or just have lunch and breath in the salt sea air.
  • B. Join a coach to travel to Mapleton Falls, then to Mapleton where you can purchase a bite to eat, or a nice cool drink.
  • C. Stay in Yandina, have lunch at one of the several excellent eateries and have a look around the historic town. Pick up a Yandina Heritage Trail brochure from the Yandina Historic House and follow the 26 numbered sites for a fascinating walk through Yandina’s history.
  • D. The train will be doing a short trip for local people to Cooroy and return. You may purchase an additional ticket to travel on this shuttle.

Train arrives in Yandina 11.20am
Train departs Yandina 2.30pm

Fares and more info at

Steam train visits Yandina

Australian Railway Historical Society steam train visits Yandina


Saturday 5th March 2016

The steam train departed Yandina at 11.55 am and ran non-stop to Cooroy and arrived back in Yandina at 1.35pm.

Australian Railway Historical Society (ARHS) member Ken Coulter and president Ken Fitzgerald were amazed at the popularity of the Yandina-Cooroy run.

Keep up-to-date with future visits of the steam train to Yandina at the ARHS Facebook page

Steam engine lovers go loco in Yandina

Video: Steam train stops in Yandina