Aboriginal people have lived in the Yandina district for over 40,000 years. They belonged to the Gubbi Gubbi language group which consisted of a number of tribes occupying traditional resource areas. Around Yandina the Undandi tribal area was east of the present day railway line while the Nalbo area was west of the line. Legends, bora rings, pathways, grinding grooves, scarred trees and middens provide evidence of occupancy.
The Yandina district has a population of around 9,500 people. Yandina Station on the Nambour and Gympie North Line has passenger train services to Brisbane. The town was bypassed by the Bruce Highway in July 1997. Peter Carey describes the Yandina of 1972 in his novel His Illegal Self.