The name “Kandanga” is derived from the local Kabi Language, meaning a fork or sharp bend of the creek.
This is a village founded on timber-getting, where sawmills and timber trucks were once plenty.
Today pineapple and small crop farms as well as dairy cows line the roads to this town, which has now focussed on its tourist potential.
Volunteer groups have given new life to buildings, restoring the town’s historic style. Here you will also find several murals by prominent artist Lizzie Connor, which link Gympie to the Mary Valley along the original railway line.
Sport has played a prominent part in this community, and Kandanga boasts a swimming pool, sporting grounds, tennis court and a bowling green which has sent many players to State and National competition.
Four-wheel-drive enthusiasts will love the surrounding forest drives which lead inland to Jimna and over the hill to Amamoor, Dagun and Kenilworth.
As well as popular walks, the forests have designated bellbird habitats, and if you are lucky enough you can still catch a glimpse of an elusive platypus in the creeks.