Mary Valley Scenic Drive

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Follow tourist drive 42 to discover the beautiful Mary Valley - Queensland's Scenic Rural Hinterland drive.

This drive rewards its drivers with a landscape patch-worked with grazing cattle, macadamia farms, rainforests and endless rolling hills. Driving through the quaint villages of Amamoor, Imbil and Kandanga. Be greeted with unapologetic country charm and beauty at every turn on the road that guides you through the Mary Valley.

Journey Details

Duration
1 Hours
Distance
56 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Canoeing

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Full Itinerary

Turn off the Bruce Highway at exit 244, onto the Old Bruce Highway.

Turn left onto Kenilworth Skyring Creek Road. This road will rise to a lookout point before dropping to cross Chinaman's Creek Bridge.

Turn right onto Tuchekoi Road and notice how the landscape has changed from light forest to grazing pastures. At the intersection of Mary Valley Road look out for the old barn which is popular with photographers.

Turn left and make your way to the township of Imbil. Imbil is a quaint and modest town with a Sunday market and is home to the Mary Valley Tomato Festival in December.

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Go along to explore the villages and townships of the beautiful Mary Valley. Experience their country hospitality, visit the weekend markets where fresh produce and unique arts and crafts can be found, take in the scenic views as they fluctuates from rich pastures and herds of grazing cattle to rolling wooded hills.

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Take a picnic lunch and enjoy waterside activities at the stunning Lake Borumba which is justa 20 minute drive inland.

The dam is regularly used by keen anglers and assorted watersport enthusiasts. For non-motorised craft the upper reachers of the dam are abundant with birdlife and offer many inlets to discover.

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Skyrail Rainforest Cableway

Smithfield, Cairns Area
From AU$51 - 210
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From AU$9.50 - 9.50
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Daintree Discovery Centre

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From AU$32 - 32
A multi-award winner, the Discovery Centre is nestled in the heart of the rainforest, 10 kilometres north of the Daintree River. The Centre is a 'must see' for anyone visiting the area and where you can experience the rainforest at every level - from the forest floor to the upper most reaches of the canopy.

Agincourt Reef

Port Douglas,
Free Entry
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Turtle Bommie

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Silver City Dive Site

Cairns, Cairns Area
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Norman Reef Dive Site

Port Douglas,
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Green Island Dive Site

Green Island, Cairns Area
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