Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Oct 12, 2013
On the road today heading to Yandina. Quite warm, but we have only 108kms to travel. Arriving at the park we are all set up by lunchtime. The park is quite large with lots of permanents and is well situated within walking distance of the town. The vans are all brightly painted and very clean. We are surprised by how quiet everyone is. Excepting today is the day that the trees are being trimmed and mulched. So we are in for a very noisy afternoon. With that in mind we head to Noosaville for a look around.
We enjoyed a walk into town once the sun had gone down. About 1O minutes along the creek and through the park at the back of the caravan park.
Today we are heading to Maleny. A nice drive through the hinterland, very steep in parts with 12%-20% gradient hills.
The views and scenery were amazing. Our first stop of the day was the Maleny Cheese Cafe. Large panoramic windows onto the production floor allow you to watch cheese and yoghurt being created. All cheese varieties are available for you to taste. Couldn't resist, we brought cheese and some yoghurt. On to Maleny now, a small town with a variety of eateries and shops. Even a Happy High Herbs shop, where you can get a natural high if you so desire. Oh yes Woolworths have arrived here as well. Very warm now so after a cold drink we head back to Nambour where we had lunch.
The agenda for the day, a walk around Eumundi. A small historical town which hold markets Wednesdays and Saturdays. They are very large markets with a variety of food stalls and craft. Another warm day yesterday the temp hit 35 degrees. After a couple of hours of strolling it is getting too hot so we head back to the van.
Tonight we are going to Yandina pub for tea to celebrate Gregs birthday. The oldest pub on the sunshine coast.
The Yandina Hotel situated in Yandina, Sunshine Coast, Queensland is a hotel which was established by Australian pioneers. Yandina was a staging depot on the route between Brisbane and the Gold fields in Gympie.
Besides the gold rush there were a number of additional thirsty tasks such as building roads and railways, clearing land and harvesting sugar cane. John Sommer built the Australian Hotel in Yandina around 1887.
He was granted a licence in 1889. However, he discovered he had built it in the wrong position (Gympie Road), As a result in 1891 the Australian Hotel was hitched up to a team of bullocks and moved on skids to Yandina Hotel’s present site in Stevens Street.
The Yandina Hotel is one of the oldest hotel buildings on the Sunshine Coast, today it offers all the services of a modern hotel but also offers the experience of an original authentic Aussie PUB.
We had an interesting night. The meal and atmosphere were great. Had a win on keno which covered the evening's expenses. During the evening a group of bikies sat down for a meal. Next thing we know the police are there. Four uniform and two plainclothes, after a talk the police leave. The bikies were not causing any problems. Thinking they were being warned they are not setting up shop here now that the Gold Coast don't want them, lol.