Yabba is presumed to be derived from yappur meaning the box tree.
Aboriginal for running water.
It seems that the name, meaning to go on foot, might have been borrowed from an Aboriginal language to the south to indicate the location of the first effective ford or river crossing up the river, although there is a theory that the word was used by the Kabi Kabi people to indicate that something is finished or gone forever. This ties in with an Aboriginal legend that once the sea came up and covered the area around Yandina Creek until the wallum country rose up again and the sea retreated. Camp sites which had been used for centuries were of no more use then. They were yandina, gone forever.
What is certain is that the name was originally given to the cattle station, and only later to the area previously known as Koongalba by Aboriginal people and Native Dog Flat by early settlers. The Post Office on the south bank of the Maroochy River was called Yandina although James Low called his place where it was located Maroochie. When the town was surveyed (1871) on the north bank of the river and the railway line put through (1891) the name Yandina became firmly established for the town on its present location.
The name is Aboriginal for to go on or to go away. This area between Warwick and Killarney was originally called Logan's Vale by Allan Cunningham, but was changed wen the railway line went through.
When this area of the Sunshine Coast was being developed in 1953 it was called Coronation Beach. It was the year of Queen Elizabeth's coronation. But since 1961 it has been Yaroomba, which is said to mean surf on the beach.
In the Bundjalung language it indicated
a place of song, such as a bora ring.
The site occupied by the town of Yarraman was once a camp for stockmen working
Cooyar station where they used to meet up with musterers from Taromeo station to separate out their free ranging herds. The first settler, preceding the general resumption of land from
Cooyar station by about eleven years, was William Lougheed who arrived with his bullock wagon in 1887.
Yarraman or Yirraman is said to have been the Aboriginal word for a
horse, based on gurumau (kangaroo), probably not of local origin.
Arthur Dixon, an official in the Union Bank, came to the area in 1868 from Yatala in South Australia, and he named the property which he acquired after its South Australian namesake. So it is in its origins an Aboriginal word meaning swampy or flooded, but it belonged to the language of Aboriginals in the area near Adelaide. The Aboriginal name for the area now called Yatala was Woogoomarjee.
From an Aboriginal name, Yibri, meaning
'put it down'.
Yurong-pilly meant 'Rain is coming' in the Yaggara dialect. This was a dialect of the Yerong tribe.
This area in the Maryborough district has a name formed from yen, meaning I come, and garie meaning I go. Because food was scarce the Aboriginal people passed through without camping there for any length of time.
This once heavily timbered area along by the river is known today by a name reminiscent of the Yerong people's name for the area, Yerongpa, meaning sandy place.
The area near Cooroy has a name formed
from the Aboriginal term for a scrub vine used for climbing.
This was once known at
Zillman's Waterhole, named after Johann Leopold
Zillmann, one of the German missionaries brought out by John Dunmore
Lang to establish the mission at Toombul, but who stayed on to farm in
the area after it closed down. When the railway came through the name
was changed to Zillmere by the Railway department.