Nestled in the heart of the Mary Valley, Imbil is the largest of the original timber towns. Timber has a valuable place in both the history and future of this small, friendly township. Visit the “timber cutter” statue, carved by local sculptor Keith Gall, from a single piece of local timber.
Imbil boasts quality sporting and recreational venues including the showgrounds, tennis courts, bowls, 9-hole golf course, swimming pool, the spectacular Imbil State Forest and Borumba Dam.
Take a walk along the historic Timberman’s Walk; centrally located this parkland area is a fabulous stop for a picnic lunch. Visit the unique collectors Museum, a treasure chest of historical and collectable wonders of days gone by. The Imbil lookout provides spectacular views of the surrounding countryside with an elevation of 240 metres.
One of the biggest events on the Australian Rally circuit is held in June with a challenging course through the Imbil State Forest. From thrills and spills of rally driving to the excitement of the Far-A-Way Easter Endurance Ride, the state forest is one of the most breathtaking venues available. Join us in August each year for the Mary Valley Show and Rodeo and take a drive to visit unlikely characters each with their own unique personalities during Scarecrow Season.
Enjoy the sight of the Mary Valley Heritage Railway train “The Rattler” as it steams into town every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday. If you are looking for bargains - a wander through the Sunday market is a must. The local bowls club, hotel and cafes provide quality meals highlighting fresh local produce and warm friendly country hospitality.
Imbil has been called the jewel of the Mary Valley and it is not hard to see why. Lake Borumba is set like a gleaming sapphire in a band of green rolling hills. The lake is many things to many people offering a diverse range of recreational pursuits – experience wilderness canoeing, explore opportunities for fishing, swimming, water skiing/jet skiing and BBQ facilities.
The surrounding forests are alive with animal and bird life including wild deer. Imbil is the largest town in the valley, a village that grew out of a strong timber industry and still boasts one of the few remaining natural hoop forests in Australia. Imbil is perched on the banks of Yabba Creek and you can camp on the water at the Island Reach camping grounds in town, or you can head further up the valley, staying at the Borumba Deer Park or at Lake Borumba itself.
Country cabins and B&B accommodation dot the landscape, and Imbil also has its own motel and antique shop.
The town comes alive on Sundays when the Imbil Country Markets open from 9am.
The Railway Hotel and cafes along the main street provide fine fare, and you can get swept into the past with the visit of the Valley Rattler.
Be sure to take in the sights from the Imbil Lookout, which offers spectacular views across the valley, and if you are planning a visit, remember that the annual Mary Valley Show, Rodeo and Arts Fest is held in August each year.