In the Mary Valley, you're never too far away from a country town and country hospitality. The Mary Valley Scenic Way is the main route linking the towns of the Valley, with several 'back roads' providing picturesque alternatives.
This area is a patchwork of pineapple plantations, grazing properties and macadamia farms at various stages of growth. Pineapples are the major crop grown here, with the entire area providing an outstanding hinterland experience characteristic of rural Australia.
When the railroad came through in the early part of the 20th Century, timber became the major industry which first opened up this area. Sawmills became major employers in the towns, with the Dagun sawmill one of the few remaining sawmills in the region.
The road from Dagun to Amamoor takes you to the Amamoor lookout. From here a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside is gained and a 'sun dial' pillar provides information on local landmarks.
From the lookout, you could follow Amamoor Creek to see the State Forest Parks of Amama, Cedar Grove and Amamoor Creek - Home of the National Country Music Muster.
Heading through Kandanga and onto Imbil takes you along a fabulous route of hills dotted with pineapple plantations, dairying and grazing properties. Imbil, nestled beside Yabba Creek, is the largest township in the area and perfect for horseback riding or soaking up the quaint country atmosphere of the Valley.
Drive up to the Imbil Lookout for spectacular views or pick up some supplies before heading out to Lake Borumba and a day of picnics, swimming, or fishing. Imbil Country Markets are held every Sunday from 8am to 2pm with a variety of stalls selling local produce, plants, bric-a-brac, etc.
Bellbird habitats are dotted throughout the forests in the Valley and it's not unusual to hear them even while just driving by. The easiest bellbird habitat to visit is located in the Imbil State Forest just outside Imbil.
The best way to access the Mary Valley is north from Gympie, with the southern approach through Kenilworth and the Blackall Range. Either way, the Mary Valley is Australia's rural hinterland at it's best.