The Mary Valley is home to National Parks and State Forests.  These can be explored, by car, bike or on foot or horseback.  Check the details of each park below for more information.  

Each village has parklands in the form of reserves, recreational grounds and reserves.  These are marked on the village maps.  The parks in Amamoor, Kandanga, Imbil and Kenilworth all have play areas for children and are close to public toilets.

Amamoor State Forest

In this forest you will find dry forests, riverine rainforests as well as hoop and bunya pine plantations.  The Gympie Muster site is in the heart of the forest.  On your drive there, you will pass Amarma day-use area which is perfect for day visitor picnics and is at the start of a number of walks. Then Ceder Grove camping area which also has a number of walks and near to the muster site you will reach Amamoor Creek camping area where you can walks to the and cool off in the warmer months.

Check the National Parks web-site for more details, maps and information -

Connondale National Park

Access Connondale National Park via Booloumba Creek Road south of Kennilworth to get to the beginning of the Connonondale Great Walk.  Parts of the road are not sealed and are suitable for four wheel drive vehicles. There are a number of day and half day walks accessible from the day use area including a walk to the Strangler Cairn which was made by world famous artist Andrew Goldsworthy.  The walk takes you through sub-tropical rainforest and wet sclerophyll forest and provides shade as well as fantastic views.

More details and links via the National Parks web-site:

Imbil State Forest

In common with other areas in the Mary Valley, this area has magnificent forests with walking and driving tracks.  There are camping area and mountain streams.  Popular with four wheel drive enthusiast this forest is big enough for everyone.  There is camping and a day use are at Charlie Moreland area which is accessible via Sunday Creek Road south of Kenilworth.  An easily accessible walk which is suitable for wheelchairs is Fig Tree Walk - a 1.4km track with some magnificent fMorton Bay Figs. the start of the circular walk is near the Yabba Creek Rest Area (where Booloumba Creek joins the Mary River) approximately 4km south of Kenilworth along the Maleny-Kenilworth Road.

More information about Imbil State Forest on the National Parks websire:


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