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Imbil Friendly Grocer.

The Bed and Breakfast Network - Gympie Accommodation.

Bamboo Textiles and Socks.

Mary Valley Adventure Trails Horse Riding Tours.

Dingo Creek Vineyard - - The Home of the annual Dingo Creek Wine, Jazz and Blues Festival.


Discover Cooloola's Mary Valley - a unique hinterland experience.

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Explore the Mary Valley

Welcome to the Gympie Region's Mary Valley, located in the hinterland of the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts. The Mary Valley is the colloquial name given to the section of the Mary River from Gympie upstream to Kenilworth including the communities of Jones Hill, Kybong, Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga, Imbil, Brooloo and Kenilworth. It is only a short 3 hour drive away from the Gold Coast making the Mary Valley a great day trip to add to your holiday.



Imbil Friendly Grocer. Visit to find out about shopping and services available at the Imbil Friendly Grocer.

Looking for a great spot to go water skiing, freshwater fishing and camping. Look no further than Lake Borumba.

Borumba Dam from boat ramp.

The storage level at Borumba Dam was at 100% full as measured by SEQwater on 13/5/2011 (45,952ML of a total 45,952ML).

Lake Borumba Boat Ramp.
Lake Borumba at 83% full on Saturday 10 October 2006.


The Mary Valley makes for a wonderful self drive tour being prefectly located within a short distance of Brisbane. Leave Brisbane and after a 2 hour drive enjoy morning tea in Gympie by visiting one of the many cafes located in the historic Mary Street. (Visit for information on Gympie's CBD and Mary Street).

After visiting Gympie, cross the Bruce Highway and take the Mary Valley Highway to Jones Hill and then on to visit Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil. Stop for lunch at a local cafe or an authentic country pub, the Kandange Hotel or the Railway Hotel in Imbil. After lunch, explore more of the rustic countyside and visit Lake Borumba before proceeding on to Kenilworth for the return trip to Brisbane via a scenic drive through Maleny.

Visit our Google map page to view the Mary Valley road network and help you plan your scenic tour.

If you are staying at a Tin Can Bay Motel while feeding the Tin Can Bay Dolphins, we recommend that you plan a day trip through the scenic Mary Valley or even stay at night Amamoor Homestead B&B at to enjoy the best hospitality.


The Mary River is a river system in South East Queensland, Australia. The river rises at Booroobin in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, west of Caloundra. From its source, the Mary River flows north through the towns of Kenilworth, Gympie, Tiaro and Maryborough before emptying into the Great Sandy Strait, a passage of water between the mainland and Fraser Island, near the town of River Heads, 17 km south of Hervey Bay. Major tributaries of the Mary River include Obi Obi Creek and Yabba Creek.

The River was traditionally named Moocooboola by local Aborigines (the Kabi Kabi people). The river was subsequently named Wide Bay River by early European explorers. The official name was changed in 1847 (prior to Queensland becoming a separate colony) by Charles Augustus FitzRoy, then Governor of New South Wales, to Mary River — after his wife Lady Mary Lennox.


The endangered Mary River Turtle (Elusor macrurus) lives in the river.Other marine life native to the river include the Queensland Lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) and the endangered Mary River Cod (Maccullochella peelii mariensis).

Proposed Traveston Dam

As a result of South East Queensland's longest drought in one hundred years, the Queensland Beattie Labour Government announced on April 27, 2006 its intention to dam part of the Mary River at Traveston Crossing, south of Gympie. The Traveston storage dam is being planned to create a reservoir "almost as big as the Wivenhoe Dam" by 2011.

The proposed Traveston Dam application was rejected fby the Federal Government on environmental grounds.

Read more on the failed Traveston dam proposal here:

The Mary Valley Directory is owned and operated as a division of to support our initiatives for consolidating our website network and promoting Gympie and Cooloola. Our website focuses on the Mary Valley from Gympie and Jones Hill, Kybong, Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga, Imbil and Brooloo.

The site will initially include tourism and promotional material and a business directory. The business directory will provide business listings and offer website development and hosting services for Valley businesses (through to enable us to offer unique sub-domain websites with a real website address e.g.

A new sub-domain website package has been developed and will be made available at minimum cost to facilitate website ownership for Mary Valley businesses. This package includes a custom designed single web page for a once off fee of $150 and sub-domain hosting at a $150 annual fee. Business owners are welcome to design their own page or use our special $150 offer for web design services. We have provided a demonstration sub-domain at

Listings (with website and email address) in the directory are free for any businesses currently hosted or managed by (on request). Other businesses in the Mary Valley can be provided with a free entry (name, address and telephone number only) by emailing business details to


Advertise your unwanted goods for free in our classifieds advertising network - more information at

The Mary Valley portal is also part of our other Gympie Region promotion activities including Streets of Gold Gympie Map

The new directory is the third major website that is being developed as part of the original network map which was prepared for in 2001. The plan, when completed will now provide for a series of specialist portal directories created in a satellite ring around our central hub site (cooloolabusiness com). The structure for the plan was developed by a specialist consultant and has been modified based on the ground-breaking work by famous internet marketer Michael Campbell "Revenge of the Mininet" first published in 2003. is locally owned business operating in Gympie since 2001.

If you would like more information on our new Mary Valley website or the network, please contact:

Allan Caulfield

Phone: (07) 5482 3478
Mobile: 0409 823 478

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