Come out to play
in Queensland’s Nature Playground
come out to play
The Mary Valley is Queensland’s NATURE PLAYGROUND and all you have to do is BRING YOUR TOYS
You are spoilt for choice with natural adventures, waterways, lake, forests and rugged terrain, all providing an incredible playground for any level of activity. Adrenaline or relaxation – it’s your choice.
Fun on the water
Water Skiing, Jet Skiing or tubing – its all fun and games. Lake Borumba is famous for its protected surrounds which provide perfect skiing conditions.
Paddleboard on Yabba Creek or Kandanga Creek and see if you can sneak up on a Platypus or endangered Lung Fish.
Canoe or Kayak the Mary River, Yabba Creek, Kandanga Creek, and you can swim anywhere.
Perfect the year-round.
Camping in the Mary Valley
Go camping in Queensland’s Nature Playground, Mary Valley Country. Less than 2 hours drive north of Brisbane and only 40 minutes from the Sunshine Coast.
You will be spoilt for choice when deciding on a camp spot. Connect with nature as you enjoy the magic of camping under the stars and cooking on an open fire. Source local produce, go bush walking or paddle up the river. RV Parking is available in Imbil, Kandanga and Kenilworth.
Best Freshwater Fishing
You’ll be able to fish any time of day on the calm waters of Borumba Dam. Lure or fly fishing is popular or look for the Saratoga in the warmer sunny spots and cast your lines in the rainforest shaded structures favoured by the Bass. The fish are plentiful as licenses on the dam ensure fish are regularly re-stocked. Experience the serenity of floating down Yabba Creek or the Mary River in your canoe with a line out.
Canoeing at its best
With all the waterways in the Mary Valley, Canoeing is a favourite pastime of locals and visitors. Between the Mary River, Kandanga Creek, Yabba Creek and Borumba Dam, canoeists are spoilt for choice. The Mary Valley town launch points are situated in Imbil and Kandanga, with two on Yabba Creek, Imbil and one on Kandanga Creek, Kandanga. These launch points allow ease of access in and out of the water, as well as providing convenient off-street parking.
This is the river that spawned a community campaign to save it from damming. The Federal Government quashed the dam on environmental grounds. Practise minimum impact tourism and tread softly, leave no trace.
Explore the Mary Valley
Come out to play on your beloved motorcycle amongst Mary Valley’s graceful sweeping curves and stunning mountain twisties. Lean into the corners between the valley villages. Feel the wind in your face as you cruise past lush paddocks dotted with placid dairy cows.
If you’re craving a two-wheeled getaway, pack your panniers and pitch your tent in a stunning national park under a million stars or kick off your boots and relax in luxury accommodation – the choice is yours.
The Mary Valley welcomes you. You will want to cruise the tempting roads of the Mary Valley again and again.
for fun or competition
Mary Valley is undoubtedly Queensland’s best horse riding country. With all the villages surrounded by either State Forest or National Parks, the riding opportunities are endless.
As our saying goes – we have the playground, you just need to bring your toys.
Riders can camp with their horses, showground abound and within minutes you are deep in forest country with high quality gravel roads.
International endurance riders make their way to the Valley every year to compete in national events, and the Valley boasts state of the art facilities for hosting theses events.
Trails or Mountain Biking
There are hundreds of miles of high quality forest tracks for all types of cycling throughout the Mary Valley.
The Mary Valley Rail Trail from Imbil to Brooloo provides a fabulous experience through State Forest and Bellbird habitat with a 9km return trip.
Mountain bikers also find their favourite spots in the Mary Valley Forests as well as with private businesses accommodating Enduro Mountain Biking adventures.
Bushwalking or Trails
Mary Valley Country offers bushwalkers everything from a gentle stroll beside a quiet creek torough to the challenging four-day Conondale Range Great Walk.
Walk through riverine rainforests, hoop and bunya pine plantations, lookouts and waterfalls and enjoy the abundant wildlife across a network of State Forests and National Parks – all in one destination.
There is so much to see and experience, you may have to stay in Mary Valley Country a little longer.
Trail Bike Riding
Mary Valley Country has become a favourite location for bike riders. A network of roads and firebreaks criss-cross State forests. This network is made up of formed roads that are designed for vehicle traffic.
Private properties and facilities attract events throughout the year and places like Jimna Base Camp welcome riders all year round.
Care should be taken as local forest roads are used by walkers, horseriders, cyclist and other vehicles including harvesting machinery and logging trucks. Ride responsibly and have a fantastic weekend away.
Whilst in the Mary Valley and using tracks and trails we ask that everyone shares and respects all users.
Yabba Creek Parklands in Imbil is a delightful area for children to play. The park lies between Yabba Creek’s banks and centre of town. It has BBQs and public toilets and play areas for toddlers as well.
MARY VALLEY RAIL TRAIL
MARY VALLEY SPORTS
WHERE TO PLAY
mary valley adventure trails
We offer Guided Horse Riding Tours through Queensland’s rainforest and farmland in the scenic Mary Valley. Mary Valley Adventure Trails provides Guided Horse Riding Tours through Queensland’s rainforest and farmland in the scenic Mary Valley. For the experienced rider; you will not be disappointed. We have athletic, fit quality horses.
HORIZON TRIKE TOURS
Leisure Activity, Tour
Horizon Trike Tours offers 3-wheeling adventures through the idyllic coastal villages of the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to Noosa, and the scenic hinterland from Mapleton to Maleny, Kenilworth, Imbil and beyond. Trikes are a safe and comfortable way to tour winding country roads.
Mary Valley Rattler
The Mary Valley Rattler Heritage Steam Train departs Gympie for Amamoor every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday for a return trip. Feature train ride events occur throughout the year and feature themes and specialty food trips. Take a weekend away and steam into the Mary Valley for some historic fun.
RECREATIONAL FLYING CO
Discover the airborne world with Australia’s home of fun flying. Learn to fly today with Recreational Flying Co. Also offering scenic flight and charters. Your Air Charter Adventure is limited only by your own imagination. Let us know where you want to go next!
RIDE ON MARY
Tour, Self Hire
Kayak and Bush Bike Adventure guided tours or self-hire. Ride on Mary…offers Kayak hire, Bike hire and Bush Adventures in the Mary Valley.
With over 26 years of kayaking experience and having lived in the area since 2003, Ian has extensive knowledge of the local tracks, waterways and wilderness.
KOOLEWONG GOLF PAR 3 & DRIVING RANGE
Koolewong Par 3 Golf Course is open daily and the Course is licensed from 10am to 6pm daily. We have a beer garden for you to enjoy a nice cold drink, tea or coffee after your game. A range of snacks is also available. Homestay accommodation is also available from just $80 per night twin share which includes one round of golf.
stirling's crossing endurance club
Club, Equestrian Events
If Endurance Riding is your thing, you can join with the Stirling’s Crossing Endurance Club or participate in one of their events. The club welcomes anyone interested in getting involved in endurance riding irrespective of your age, your experience or your knowledge of the sport. Our home is the beautiful Stirling’s Crossing Equestrian Centre in Imbil.
AMAMOOR EQUINE CENTRE
Facility Hire, Agistment
The Amamoor Equine Centre is located in the picturesque Mary Valley offering private horse agistment. 60 x 40 metre Sand Arena to hire & excellent facilities.
Hire the sand arena to work your horses or maybe you would like to leave them in the Mary Valley till your next visit. Talk to us about agistment.