Mary Valley Heritage, Art, & Culture

mitchell creek rock n blues fest

Mitchell Creek Rock N Blues Fest

Mitchell Creek Rd, Kandanga Qld 4570

Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival returns to Noosa Hinterland in September 2014 for a rollicking long-weekend adventure with over 150 rock and blues artists. This year, Australian all sister rock outfit Stonefield headline alongside Scottish songstress Sandy Thom, rock goddess Dallas Frasca and a huge, hand-picked selection of Australia’s finest artists. Set in a beautiful natural amphitheatre beneath bunya pines, cedar trees and the big starry sky, the festival has been hailed the best new festival in South East Queensland, acknowledged for its down to earth vibe and intimate festival philosophy. The festival provides private campgrounds in a beautiful Aussie bush setting with free onsite camping, BYO drinking, plenty of toilets and showers and no big queues. Mitchell Creek Rock and Blues Festival returns to Noosa Hinterland in September 2014 for a rollicking long-weekend adventure with over 150 rock and blues artists. This year, Australian all sister rock outfit Stonefield headline alongside Scottish songstress Sandy Thom, rock goddess Dallas Frasca and a huge, hand-picked selection of Australia’s finest artists. Set in a beautiful natural amphitheatre beneath bunya pines, cedar trees and the big starry sky, the festival has been hailed the best new festival in South East Queensland, acknowledged for its down to earth vibe and intimate festival philosophy. The festival provides private campgrounds in a beautiful Aussie bush setting with free onsite camping, BYO drinking, plenty of toilets and showers and no big queues. year!

Contact: Jimmy Budgen
M 0434 998 567
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www.mitchellcreekrocknbluesfest.com.au

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival

The Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival began in Maleny in 1998. In a setting behind Queensland's glorious Sunshine Coast, one of the best scarecrow festivals around Australia has happened during early spring almost every year since the late 90s. It now runs from mid September until mid October. 2013: 14th Sept - 18th Oct Conondale and Kenilworth joined in to the fun the year after its humble beginnings. Since then it has spread down the Mary Valley to include Brooloo, Imbil, Ridgewood, Kandanga, Amamoor, and Dagun.

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Mary Valley Art Festival

Imbil Public Hall



The Mary Valley Art Festival began in 2000 and celebrated its 13th this year. It is held in the town of Imbil in the beautiful Mary Valley in July over a three day period. The Festival is renowned for its friendly country atmosphere and professional approach, attracting quality art work and providing an opportunity for the arts investor.

Contact:
M 0488 969 408
maryvalleyartfestival.com.au
Kenilworth Celebrates

Kenilworth Celebrates

6 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth QLD 4574

Kenilworth Celebrates! is a major festival held annually in Kenilworth, a small town in the Upper Mary Valley on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland about 2 hours drive from central Brisbane.
Our Town Festival, with music, street entertainment, markets and Art Festival, including exhibition and workshops, is a major attraction and is held annually in September.

Contact:
P 5472 3223
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www.kenilworthcelebrates.org.au
 

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Heritage, Arts & Culture - Where to Visit

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Gympie Region Heritage Trails

The Gympie Region Heritage Trails web website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley, Cooloola Coast, Goomeri & Kilkivan. Take a journey back in time and explore the Gympie Regions rich history which included gold mining, dairy, beef, timber, farming, rail & many more iconic attractions and events that shaped the region into what it is today!

Heritage City Gympie

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. Gympie’s Town Hall, built in 1890 is situated on the spot of the original gold strike by James Nash. Built in 1873, the Land’s Office Building was the first to be erected on the gold fields, and is now the home of the Australian Institute Of Country Music on Channon Street. Other magnificent examples includes the Stock Exchange, court House and Smithfield Chambers buildings. Gympie was home to Queensland’s first eleven licensed pubs brought on by the gold rush. Built in 1870 the Mount Pleasant Hotel is Gympie’s oldest pub still in its original building. Soak up the city’s historic ambience at one of Gympie’s many charming hotels. Log onto gympie.org.au and look under “Maps & Guides” for details.

Heritage Mary Street, Gympie

After gold was found at Nash’s Gully, a double line of prospectors’ tents sprung up along the sides of the bank. Over time, Mary Street has transformed into a picturesque shopping space. More recently, the street has now been converted to a single lane with wide paths and shady trees. Mary Street offers a fantastic blend of shopping, heritage and nearby parkland. Browse through Mary Street’s extensive selection of specialty shops, which include jewelers, boutiques and shoe stores alongside cafes and banks. View colourful mosaics, which tell the stories of the city’s history. From Mary Street, wander through the ceramic theatres of war in Memorial Lane to Memorial Park. Stroll Through manicured gardens to the historic rotunda or enjoy a picnic under the shady trees. Memorial Park boasts a fabulous display of jacaranda flowers in the springtime. Rainbow Lorikeet parrots feed and roost in the treetops of the park.

Gold Mining Museum, Gympie

Experience Gympie’s gold rush and 144 years of history during a visit to Gympie’s Gold Mining Historical Museum. The museum houses memorabilia from the early gold mining era, as well as displays showcasing rural, military, hospital, transport, communications and steam development in Australia. Pan for gold and keep the gold you find! Dine in the museum café or pack a picnic and relax in Lake Alford’s extensive park, which surrounds the museum.

Woodworks Museum, Gympie

The Woodworks Museum, situated just north of Gympie, provides a fascinating insight into the role of forestry and timber in Queensland from their colonial beginnings up to the 1950’s. View a significant collection including pioneering hand tools, equipment and associated transport.

Mount Clara Chimney, Kilkivan

Perhaps the oldest surviving mining industry chimney in Queensland, the restored Mount Clara Chimney is a fifty-foot high structure used for smelting copper for export during the mineral boom of the 1870’s. On Rossmore Road, eleven kilometers southeast of Kilkivan, the chimney shows incredible workmanship. Built using local stone of all shapes and sizes, the chimney is a popular attraction for those interested in old mineral workings.