It's 20 minutes south of Gympie, just off the Bruce Highway (120 kilometres north of Brisbane). Imbil is a quaint little stop-over. Shops include a couple of cafes, post office, corner supermarket, obligatory real estate agents and of course, the all important local waterhole and pub.
There's a fabulous lookout in the middle of town. Turn left at the supermarket and you'll see the sign. The views from up are stupendous, I could only imagine what a sunset would look like, along with a glass of vino whilst relaxing on that seat.
I wandered down the main street and came upon yet another church. I'd already counted four, which I thought excessive in such a small country town. However, I was to find out that this little church had recently been relocated from a nearby cemetery and was being turned into a hair dressing salon. Perfect! Cheryl (the hairdresser) had travelled all around the world only to buy the block of land next door to her late grandfathers home in Imbil. Meant to be.
The Mary River runs through Imbil and opposite the local school is a neat little playground for the kids. If you feel like going for a good old country drive, this isn't a bad one. You can continue onto Kenilworth from here and do a loop back to Eumundi. The scenery is beautiful, rolling green hills and tall trees, birdsong in abundance, and enough bends in the road to keep any motorcyclist happy.
It's one of those rare country towns where the train still runs through, bringing back fond memories... in fact, the Valley Rattler comes to Imbil a couple of times a week from Gympie, so if you feel like a train ride, check out the time tables here.
Great story Loni, love your enthusiasm for small towns in the Sunny Coast hinterland! Just a clarification, Yabba Creek runs through Imbil, it is a tributary to the Mary River. Also, the Valley Rattler steam train is in a re-build phase and is not running into the valley for the remainder of 2013. It will resume next year. Small trips can still be booked around Gympie though. For more on the valley, check outwww.maryvalleycountry.com.au or like it on facebook! Kaili