Kenilworth is a small town, population about 300, in the upper Mary Valley area of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia. This is a rural area, about 50km from the coast, with dairy farming as the major industry. Local visitor attractions include two wineries, a cheese factory and art galleries as well as walking, camping and 4-wheel driving in the Kenilworth State Forest.
The town originates from a cattle station set up on the east bank of the Mary River in 1850. At the time the station owner’s wife was reading Sir Walter Scott’s novel “Kenilworth” and she decided to name the property “Kenilworth” after the novel. The town was surveyed off Kenilworth Station in 1921 and took the name of the station.
The Kenilworth State Forest provides excellent opportunities for horse riding, walking and fishing. The area has a wide variety of options for accomodation from basic camping to luxury retreats.