Kenilworth is a small town in the upper Mary Valley area of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.It is a rural area, about 50 kilometres from the coast, with dairy farming as the major industry.
Kenilworth may be small in population (less than 300) but the local area proudly provides for its visitors with a 1920's atmosphere and great historical museum.
Settled in the stunning upper Mary Valley Country (behind the Blackall Ranges) this charming town has a wide range of engaging activities to keep you entertained when visiting.
Kenilworth itself has a selection of nice shops, an art gallery plus a cheese, yoghurt and ice cream factory in the form of the Kenilworth Country Food and Cheese Factory. The locality provides well for the bushwalker with idyllic picnic spots and great opportunities for horse riding and fishing with bass, perch, mullet and cod being on the agenda for many anglers.
Gheerulla State Forest, known for rock formations, offers camping on the edge of Gheerulla Creek. Here trail biking is a popular pleasure together with swimming, camping bushwalking. The provision of barbecues, toilet facilities and picnic tables makes this an area to relax and spend some time.
Other nearby attractions include Australia's largest bamboo plantation with over 200 varieties, a number of vineyards, a deer park and a number of forest parks. The Kenilworth Town Park makes a nice place to relax.
Kenilworth Bluff, situated roughly 5km North of Kenilworth is an elevated area that has been a popular place for hiking and for photographers and artists alike. On the Southern side, the impressive cliffs ascend in the direction of Kenilworth. On the opposite side an unusual rock outcrop called Duwirri offers interest with Bloolou also offering interest on the Eastern side.
The beautiful Kenilworth State Forest is a popular location for campers and walkers. Offering wonderful views with its selection of deep gorges, mountain streams and foresty, Kenilworth State Forest is a place to relax with nature. Horse riding and cycling are other popular activities with numerous picnic areas also provided.
Other hinterland locations within the Sunshine Coast providing additional interest include Eumundi which offers boutique wineries and art galleries and Montville which offers a number of award winning restaurants and a unique 'Senses Trail' for sight impaired visitors. The Mary River can be spotted at various locations as it flows North from Maleny via Conondale, Kenilworth, Gympie and Maryborough before finally reaching the sea close to Fraser Island.
Kenilworth may be small in population (less than 300) but the local area proudly provides for its visitors with a 1920's atmosphere and great historical museum. Settled in the stunning upper Mary Valley Country (behind the Blackall Ranges) this charming town has a wide range of engaging activities to keep you entertained when visiting.
The most direct route from Brisbane is taking the Bruce Highway to the Landsborough Turnnoff. Then you should carry on through Landsborough, Maleny and Conondale to Kenilworth. Buses go daily between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast and there are regular Queensland Rail services from Brisbane stopping in Landsborough or Nambour.
The exciting Kenilworth Show and Rodeo is held annually on the third weekend in September (in 2006 its will be the 16th). Kenilworth also offers an Arts Festival called 'Kenilworth Celebrates' which is held in the heart of Mary Valley on the fourth weekend in September. There is also a Scarecrow and Limerick Festival on the last week in August to the second week of October. All of these festivals are fun for the whole family and have an abundance of activities involved.
There are some great places to stay in Kenilworth. There are Studio Units, Bed and Breakfasts, Hotel rooms, Cabins and Caravan Parks to choose from.