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Yandina Historic House & Visitor Information Centre

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by Elaine (subscribe)
Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published December 21st 2016
You'll Be Welcomed With Open Arms
Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
Yandina Historic House & Information Centre - Image: Elaine de Wet


How many of us have driven past this historical house in Yandina on the way to The Ginger Factory or Nut Works and not even had the slightest notion to stop. Standing steadfastly at the roundabout in Pioneer Road, Yandina, is the Yandina Historic House. This landmark was built in 1899 - 1900 at a place called Bridges about two kilometres north of Yandina by the pioneer John Gustave Sommer for his family home. His wife Fredericka (Rikka) named it 'Tillstead' after her birthplace in Denmark.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
Yandina Historic House set In beautiful parklands - Image: Elaine de Wet


The house changed hands six times, having been owned in turn by John Sommerville, Thomas Arthur Graham, Joan Sharp, George Sharpe, Katherine Rose Somerset and finally in 1923, Benjamin Morgan Williams. By this time the name of the house had changed to 'Kenaldare'. Three generations of the Williams family lived here with son Rhys and his wife, Margaret, holding their wedding reception at 'Kenaldare' in 1978.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
The old organ that used to be in the Ninderry Mission Church - Image: Elaine de Wet


In 1996, Main Roads resumed the property to make way for the new Bruce Highway and the house was relocated to its present site.

Take a walk through the Yandina Historic House - it's totally free - and you'll find a team of dedicated volunteers, who are able and willing to assist you with information regarding tourist destinations and historical sites in and around Yandina. Historical displays are exhibited, including an organ which was donated to the Yandina Historical Society in 2012 by the Freemasons, who purchased it in 1926 when the old NInderry Mission Church was dismantled. The non-denominational church was built in the 1890's and served the Ninderry community. Some of the timber from the building was recycled as a shelter shed on Mount Ninderry.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
I'm sure I learned to type on one of these at school - Image: Elaine de Wet


Other rooms in this historical house have been dedicated to local Sunshine Coast Artists with artwork and art pieces, reflecting the traditional nature of the house. All artwork is available for sale and a different artist is portrayed each month.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
Artists on display - Image: Elaine de Wet


You'll also find Yandina Craft & Gifts, a gift shop within the Yandina Historic House where a group of local ladies make different craft items. Lots of original items that you won't find elsewhere:-

Bibs, blankets, cot quilts, beautiful handmade cards for all occasions, novelty cushions and hand towels for kitchens and bathrooms, handmade ponchos and scarves for winter. 

A little treasure trove with an endless assortment of handmade goodies. I even managed to find a beautiful Christmas shirt for my grandson - definitely a one-off and totally unique.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
All sorts of novelty ideas in the Gift Shop - Images: Elaine de Wet


Devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups and coffee are all available too. Relax in the parkland setting of Yandina Historic House or take a wander through the various rooms to enjoy the local artists and historical displays.

Through the dedicated work of volunteers the House has been open to the public since November 2003 and is a non-profit organisation and as such are very happy for you to stop in, enjoy their offerings and perhaps buy a trinket or two.

Yandina Historic House, Information Centre, dedicated volunteers, free entry, historical displays, local Sunshine Coast artists' work, Yandina Craft & Gifts, gift shop, novelty items, devonshire teas, light lunches, quiche with salad, hot soups, coffee, parkland setting, make a pit-stop
Make a pit-stop at Yandina Historic House - Image: Elaine de Wet


The next time you pass Yandina Historic House be sure to make a pit-stop, the volunteers on hand will welcome you with open arms.
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Why? To make a pit-stop, browse, do some shopping all in a beautiful parkland setting
When: Open daily 9.30am to 3.00pm
Phone: (07) 5472-7181
Where: 3 Pioneer Road, Yandina QLD 4561
Cost: FREE Admission
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Congratulations to those volunteers that are so important to us for preserving the history...
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