Discover Mary Valley
Mary Valley Country, a place many believe is one of the few remaining untouched playgrounds of South-East Queensland. Tucked in the hinterland behind the fabulous Sunshine Coast beaches open the door to the secret world that is Mary Valley Country. The Mary Valley offers an array of National Parks, State forests, reserves, creeks, rivers and waterways. This stunning natural environment provides numerous opportunities for those passionate about outdoor pursuits and recreation. Be impressed by the Conondale Great Range Walk or Imbil and Amamoor State Forests. The area is visually spectacular winding through rainforest and tall open forests with deep gorges, tranquil creeks and cascading waterfalls, to magnificent view points. With its proximity to Brisbane less than two hours’ drive, Mary Valley Country is a popular holiday destination with a reputation as Queensland’s natural playground.
Adjoining the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Mary Valley provides visitors wonderful opportunities for nature based tourism. Mary Valley Country is an affordable option for families, a romantic getaway for couples or adventure nature based activities. Taste the local food Flavours of the Valley at local food outlets, experience Mary Valley Country’s spectacular landscapes, visit for more information.

Choose from one of the many walking experiences Mary Valley Country has to offer. You can walk through riverine rainforests, hoop and bunya pine plantations to lookouts and waterfalls and enjoy the abundant wildlife across a network of State Forests and National Parks. For a gentle, short walk come and try the Class 3 Rainforest Walk from Cedar Grove camping area at Amamoor, a 1 km circuit which travels through sub-tropical rainforest past large swimming holes. For the more adventurous try the challenging 4-day Conondale Range Great Walk.


Stroll along the natural history walk at Dagun’s Railway Station Precinct through lowland scrub, eucalypt forest and rainforest. A restored train station and great community spirit keep alive the traditions of food production with the weekly Dagun’s Growers Market where you can take your pick of the freshest local produce each Saturday afternoon. A charming town, Amamoor offers a unique country experience. This village explodes with activity during the annual Country Music Muster which attracts people from all over Australia in August each year. Amamoor sits on the edge of the Amamoor State forest which offers platypus viewing, waterfalls and great waterholes. Relax at authentic country bed and breakfasts and breathe in the fresh country air. The Jewel of the Mary Valley, Imbil is its main business centre and gateway to the expansive Borumba Dam, providing shops and services for campers and visitors. Imbil is considered the ‘art house’ of the Valley with artist studios and markets; art schools; theatre, dance and singing workshops and the Annual Arts Festival attracting hundreds of works each year. Stroll along the Timberman’s Walk and read the history of the timber town under the shade of the glorious jacaranda trees. The town green comes to life on Sundays with the colour and music of the Imbil Country Markets and many, camp in the centre of Imbil on the banks of beautiful Yabba Creek.

Kandanga is a bustling small country town with a vibrant community that will make you welcome. The only RV accredited town in the Mary valley, it is a favourite spot for travellers who are made welcome at the towns clubs, coffee shops and eateries. The Save The Mary River Museum and River Education Centre, exhibits the unique and internationally renowned flora and fauna of the Mary River including several endangered species. The Community Visitor Information centre in the middle of town shares what there is to do in the Valley.

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Adventure can be found everywhere, from beneath the water, on the water, on land or in the air.  With Mary Valley Country being acknowledged as the last natural playground in South East Queensland, it adds to the rich choices of adventure found on the Cooloola Coast.

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A number of world-class events occur throughout the year from the coast, city to the country. A diverse selection of events celebrate the environment, food, wine, music, art and culture.

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Restored buildings from the gold rush era add character and charm to Gympie. Take a heritage walk or drive past traditional shop fronts and historic buildings to view glorious examples of 19th century architecture. The region has a strong cultural and artistic community which is supported by a stunning Regional Art Gallery in the city centre, events and festivals celebrating the region's diverse heritage.

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With the diverstiy of landscape that makes up the Gympie Cooloola region visitors have many options from coast to country, beach to bush, mountains to mudflats.

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A variety of markets occur throughout the region including growers markets which provide the buyer with fresh local food.

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