Kenilworth visitor guide

06 Dec 2017

You’ll fall in love with Kenilworth’s rustic country charm, sweeping Mary Valley views and its timeless rural landscape dotted with dairy farms and olive groves.



Kenilworth’s first store opened in 1922, and the town still retains much of its 1920s charm, but with some modern highlights, like the famous cheese factory, a brilliant contemporary art gallery and a popular and well-equipped playground and even a designer dunny is planned to be built in late 2016 in Isaac Moore Park. 

For a peek into the past, the delightful Kenilworth and District Historical Museum features an old-fashioned schoolroom and other displays dealing with the area’s history and you can spend as many peaceful days as you like simply relaxing in the region’s beautiful bushland and forest setting, chatting with loved ones around an open fire, bushwalking and swimming in crystal clear waterholes.

Mary River, Kenilworth
Mary River, Kenilworth

Strap on the hiking boots and take on a section or all of the Conondale Range Great Walk. Situated in the Conondale National Park, formerly known as Kenilworth State Forest highlights include the popular Gold Mine walk and Strangler Cairn art sculpture by British artist Andy Goldsworthy.

As the gateway region to the Mary Valley, you will be spoilt for choice and can discover some of the Sunshine Coast’s best waterfront camping or you may prefer the solitude of a farmhouse, or opt for a variety of holiday parks, country cabins, farm stay or and bush retreat.

As the leaves begin to take on their first autumnal shades, foodies from far and wide flock to the Kenilworth Cheese, Wine and Food Fest, held annually on Easter Saturday. Kenilworth springs to life in a big way in September, with Kenilworth Celebrates, a major event for the Sunshine Coast region. It’s a fantastic arts festival with live music, street entertainment, markets and the highly popular Poets’ Breakfasts. Also in September is the very traditional Kenilworth Show and Rodeo, where you’ll see local cowboys and cowgirls riding into the Kenilworth Showgrounds to strut their stuff.