Kenilworth & How to Get There

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Kenilworth is a small town, with a population of about 300, in the beautiful upper Mary Valley, behind the Blackall Range. The Town is on the Mary River which flows North from Maleny, through Conondale, Kenilworth, Gympie, Tiaro, Maryborough, and then into the sea opposite Frazer Island.

Kenilworth retains its 1930’s atmosphere and, for the visitor, has a surprising amount of interest with a very engaging historical museum and a good range of eateries, shops, art gallery and a cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream factory.

The Conondale State Forest, adjacent to the Town, provides excellent opportunities for horse riding, walking and fishing and the Kenilworth area has a wide variety of options for accomodation from basic camping to luxury retreats.

In between playing and singing at SCUF, there are lots of things to do, including checking out the local eateries. We’ve put together a list of things you might like to do while staying in the area and some of the great eateries in Kenilworth.

HOW TO GET THERE

Kenilworth is about 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane, and 50 minutes drive from the coast. From Brisbane, via the Bruce Highway go through Landsborough and Maleny, or go further north to Eumundi and turn onto the Kenilworth-Eumundi Road (flat and best driving for caravans); or via Nambour and Mapleton (but the Obi Obi Rd is not suitable for caravans or large vehicles). The Visitor Information Centre is in the centre of Town.

TO EAT

Kenilworth Hotel

Open 7 days. Light meals, coffee and cake available all day. Bistro open for lunch and dinner.

18 Elizabeth St, Kenilworth

Kenilworth Bowls Club

Friday night meals from 6 to 8pm

Phillip St., Kenilworth

Kenilworth Bakery

8 Elizabeth St., Kenilworth. Open Wednesday to Sunday – 7am to 4pm.

McGinn’s of Kenilworth

Fully licensed alfresco dining on the scenic deck. Open 7 days,  6am to 4pm.

11 Elizabeth St., Kenilworth

Top Cafe

Enjoy a relaxing meal in the courtyard. Burgers, fish, chips, sandwiches, wraps, pies and cakes. Open 7 days, 6am to 8pm

12 Elizabeth St., Kenilworth

Kenilworth Cheese Factory

Light lunches, homestyle ice-cream and a large selection of gourmet products on sale. Cheese, yoghurts and desserts for tasting.  Free entry.

45 Charles St., Kenilworth

TO VISIT

Kenilworth Historical Museum

Visit Kenilworth in the days of the pioneers and experience their ‘living history’ stories. Open Sunday 10am to 2pm. www.kenilworthmuseum.org.au

Obi Valley Woodworks

Fine Art Red Cedar Timber Gallery featuring renowned Sunshine Coast sculptor, Jack Wilms. Located in the beautiful Obi Valley between Kenilworth and Mapleton. Specialising in sculpture, furniture and doors. Open Saturday, Sunday and most public holidays.  www.cedarcreations.com.au

THINGS TO DO AROUND TOWN

TOWN WALKS

  • Historical Walk. Kenilworth & District Historical Assn Inc have developed the “Tour of the Township App”. Take your own historical tour with using the iziTRAVEL App downloaded onto your smartphone or iPad.
  • Art walk. Enjoy some of the public art that abounds in our area, from the Town Sign to the sculpted sandstone seat overlooking the Mary River.KEEP FIT
  • Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tours can provide you with half, one or two day tours. sunshinecoasthinterlandtours.com

SHOPPING

As well as services such as grocery, newsagent, chemist, Post Office and service station, Kenilworth boasts some delightful and specialty shopping:-

West’n Colour & Clothing

Fabulous western & Mexican clothing and gifts
Elizabeth St, Kenilworth

Affordable on Elizabeth

Jewellery, accessories, giftware, Thomas Cook clothing

4 Elizabeth Street, www.affordableonelizabeth.com.au

Johanna Designs

Exclusive fabulous fashions and accessories, eveningwear, shoes etc.

8a Elizabeth Street

Shed the Light and Op Shop

Nepali clothes (new) and also Opportunity shop. One of the cheapest you’ll find and open Sundays!

4 Charles Street www.shedthelight.org.au

Community Craft Shop

Locally made crafts, jams etc.

9 Elizabeth Street

Frocks n’ Jocks – Charles St Laundromat

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

Canoeing and Kayaking

  • Ride on Mary – Imbil Kayak and Bike Hire – 578 Lowe Road, Bollier, 0400 297 678.

Bushwalking

  • The Fig Tree Walk at Little Yabba (4km from Kenilworth on Maleny-Kenilworth Rd) is an easy 1.1 Km return wheelchair friendly walk riverine rainforest.
  • Kenilworth is the gateway to the Conondales, with its many walks, including The Great Walk, See nprsr.qld.gov.au, and many other shorter walks.
  • And if you like bushwalking and art, take the short walk to the Strangler Cairn from Boolumba Creek, by renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy.

Fishing

  • The Mary River and nearby Yabba Creek and Borumba Dam offers a variety of freshwater fishing experiences for keen anglers, including bass and perch. Mary River Cod are protected.

Horseriding

  • The Mary Valley offers horse riders a network of trails with everything from beginners short rides to full day tours and campouts.

Tours

AMENITIES

Kelli’s Place – 21 Elizabeth St – His & Hers Hairdressing.

Kenilworth Bottle Shop – 17 Elizabeth St.

Kenilworth Friendly Grocer Supermarket – 13 Elizabeth St – ATM, groceries, fruit and veg etc

Kenilworth Newsagency – 15 Elizabeth St – Lotto, gifts, stationery etc.

Kenilworth Pharmacy – 7a Elizabeth St – Prescription services, gifts.

Kenilworth Post Office – 16 Elizabeth St – Postal services, gifts, stationery.

Kenilworth Rural Supplies – 47 Elizabeth St – Fencing, irrigation, stock feed and mower repairs.