Yandina // is a Sunshine Coast hinterland town just off the Bruce Highway. Its name comes from ‘yan’, meaning “to go”, and ‘dinna’, meaning “feet”. At the 2011 census, Yandina had a population of 2,221.
Not long before World War 1, some pieces of raw ginger found their way to Buderim, Australia – which was then a small farming area about 100 km (60 miles) north of Brisbane, where the comparatively high rainfall and humidity combined to produce conditions which were ideal for growing this unusual crop.
The interruption to the supply of ginger from China, caused by World War 2, provided the opportunity for growers in the Buderim area to expand their sales. As a result of this, five Buderim farmers met together in an old blacksmith’s shop and formed The Buderim Ginger Grower’s Co-operative Association Limited. Between them they had capital of 25 pounds, two wooden vats and 14 tons of green ginger.
Huge vats of washed and crushed ginger stew and simmer for 12 days with sugar until it is ready. The low cooking keeps the shape of the ginger. The ginger is then packed into boxes ready for sale.
In the 1990s, Buderim Ginger became globally recognised for producing the world’s finest ginger. This has been achieved by investing in production facilities and meeting the needs of customers in overseas markets, from the UK to the USA and from Japan to New Zealand. Buderim Ginger exports to over 17 countries.
Over the last decade and more recently Buderim Ginger has expanded its business, become the world’s leading processor and marketer of macadamias with both Australian and Hawaiian Macadamia growing and processing commencing. In 2005, Buderim Ginger also became the owner of Buderim Baking Company which produces a range of savoury pastry products that are distributed to prominent national customers in the Australian retail market. The Ginger Factory maintains its position as one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions with the launch of the Taste of Ginger Tour and the opening of the Heritage Centre.
The Buderim Ginger Factory
The Buderim Ginger Factory is a tourist attraction and working ginger factory. It was established in 1980. There are rides, tours of the factory, and shops, restaurants and other exhibits for visitors to enjoy. The Buderim Ginger Factory is operated by Buderim Ginger Limited that was listed as a public company in December 1988. The company manufacturers confectionery ginger products (sugar based) that are marketed in Australia and exported to a number of international markets including UK, USA, Canada and various European countries. The company also operates a similar factory in Suva, Fiji. The ginger factory was originally located at Buderim, before moving operations to Yandina in 1978.
The Ginger Factory at Yandina offers 4 tours..we did all 4…a tour of the Factory, a train ride around the property, an informative talk about Bees and honey followed by a whimsical cartoon puppet musical display of a boat traveling around the world. The tours take 3-4 hours and you can also visit many shops and displays in the grounds..A doll house with many dolls, macadamia nuts, fudges, ice cream and a wonderful tourist shop selling ginger products, honey products and merchandise made with herbs, ginger and honey.
There are working hives you can see the inside of…Here you can see a bee with leg packs of pollen amongst the workers inside the hive which has a glass back window that opens for viewing..
As one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest and most popular tourist attractions – find out why millions of visitors keep coming back to The Ginger Factory. There’s so …