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West of the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland is Kenilworth. This charming town is known for its handcrafted cheeses and excellent bushwalking. The spectacular gorges, waterfalls, creeks and scenic lookouts make Kenilworth State Forest a popular spot for bushwalking, camping and picnics.

Visitor Information

4 Elizabeth St; (07) 5446 0122.

Nearby national parks

  • Kondalilla National Park

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  • Noosa National Park

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  • Glass House Mountains National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Maleny

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  • Yandina

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  • Nambour

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In Town

Kenilworth Cheese Factory: tastings and sales of local cheeses; Charles St.

Historical Museum: machinery and dairy display and audiovisual show; open 10am–3pm Sun or by appt; Alexandra St; (07) 5446 0581.

Lasting Impressions Gallery: fine-art gallery; Elizabeth St.

Artspace Gallery: local art on display; Elizabeth St.


Kenilworth State Forest This diverse park is in the rugged Conondale Ranges. The rainforest, tall open forest and exotic pines are home to birds and wildlife, including the threatened yellow-bellied glider. There are walks signposted, but a highlight is the steep 4 km return hike from Booloumba Creek to the summit of Mt Allan, where the forest and gorge views are breathtaking. Visit Booloumba Falls from the Gorge picnic area (3 km return) or picnic in the riverine rainforest at Peters Creek. Turn-off to the park is 6 km SW.

Kenilworth wineries: tastings and sales at boutique wineries; 4 km N.

Kenilworth Bluff: steep walking track to lookout point; 6 km N.

Conondale National Park: this small forest reserve west of the Mary River is suitable only for experienced walkers. Take the 37 km scenic drive, starting in the adjacent Kenilworth Forest, to enjoy the rugged delights of the park; (07) 5446 0925.

Lake Borumba: picnics and watersports, and home to a fishing competition each Mar; 32 km NW.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 22 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Twin Waters Golf Club 36 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more

Palmer Coolum Resort 37 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more

Noosa Springs Resort 41 km

Laid out across 50 hectares of bushland on the shore of beautiful Lake Weyba, Noosa Springs takes you on a gently rolling journey between rainforest pockets, along the edges of lakes and through bloodwood forest,... Find out more

Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 31 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more

Campsites around town

Gheerulla camping area 7 km

The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more

Charlie Moreland camping area 7 km

This sizeable campground is suitable for large groups and is accessible by caravans, trailers and campervans. You’ll need to bring your own firewood and use existing fire sites. Treat or boil water before drinking.... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 1 camping area 9 km

This area offers secluded camping in a rainforest setting, ideal for tents but not for caravans or trailers, which are not permitted here. To reach it, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth. You’ll... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 3 camping area 9 km

Much like site no. 1, no. 3 offers secluded tent camping in a rainforest setting. No caravans or camper trailers are permitted. To get here, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth; the turn-off to Booloumba... Find out more

Booloumba Creek no. 4 camping area 9 km

Booloumba Creek’s no. 4 campground is suitable for campervans, caravans and trailers. To get here, go through Maleny and follow the signs to Kenilworth; the turn-off to Booloumba is about 13 km past Conondale.... Find out more

Borumba Deer Park 18 km

Kids adore this friendly, family-owned park where you can take tours of the grounds and feed the deer. Set on 6 ha of bush along the banks of Yabba Creek, there are powered sites, a kiosk, laundromat, 2 amenities blocks,... Find out more

Peach Trees camping and day-use area 29 km

This is one for wildlife watchers: you can spot eastern grey kangaroos, possums and maybe even platypus near here, 45 km north-west of Kilcoy along the Kilcoy–Murgon Rd (access via Peach Trees Rd). Horses can stay... Find out more

Cedar Grove camping area 29 km

Cedar Grove camping area in Amamoor State Forest has tent and caravan campsites in open grassy areas beside riverine rainforest of white and red cedars, as well as tall open forest and Amamoor Creek. Bring along a... Find out more

Amamoor Creek camping area 32 km

A rare find for pet owners, this camp is dog friendly. Take care though, as the creek is home to platypus and a variety of frogs. The flat, grassy campsites are suitable for tents and caravans, and surrounded by majestic... Find out more

Coochin Creek camping and day-use area 37 km

A great find for those who enjoy fishing and boating, this flat and grassy site beside Coochin Creek is on Roys Rd, 3 km upstream from the Pumiceton Passage. Access is 9 km east of Beerwah and 4 km east of the Bruce Hwy.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Ocean View Caravan Park 30 km

High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more

BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 30 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more

Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 34 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more

BIG4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park 36 km

With good facilities, this is a quality park opposite the Noosa golf course. It is very popular year-round and a great base for spending a holiday in the Noosa area. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Coolum Beach Caravan Park 37 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more

Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 37 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more

Cotton Tree Holiday Park 38 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more

Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 40 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Another Time Another Place

If you love small country towns in pretty settings, stop here in the scenic Mary Valley hinterland in a place beside a billabong. There are two cabins with ensuites and verandahs, and a guest room in the main house. The... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Landsborough park area 37 km

T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)

Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.

Six Mile Creek rest area 41 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

What's on around town

Cheese, Wine and Food Festival: Easter.

Kenilworth Celebrates: arts festival; Sept–Oct.

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