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Sunshine CoastQueensland
Kenilworth Town Park
Kenilworth is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Population 558 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 2.960/km2 (7.67/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4574
Area 188.5 km2 (72.8 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
LGA(s) Sunshine Coast Region
State electorate(s)
  • Nicklin
  • Glass House
Federal Division(s)
Localities around Kenilworth:
Lake Borumba Imbil Brooloo Moy Pocket
Jimna Kenilworth Gheerulla Coolabine
Jimna Conondale Cambroon Kidaman Creek Curramore

Kenilworth is a rural town and locality in the Sunshine Coast Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of Kenilworth had a population of 558 people.


The Mary River was known to the Aboriginals as the Numabulla and the name for the Kenilworth area being Hinka Booma. In 1842 Andrew Petrie named the river as the Wide Bay River. In 1847 that Governor Fitzroy renamed the river after his wife Mary.

Richard Joseph Smith tendered to set up the first cattle run on the east bank of the Mary River in 1850. At the time Mrs Smith was reading Sir Walter Scott's novel "Kenilworth" and she decided to name the property after the novel. The town was surveyed and split off Kenilworth Station in 1921 and took the name of the Station. During the second half of the 19th Century, the Smiths took up more land.

Other settlers arrived in 1891 originally intending to grow small crops. There was a ready market at the goldfields in Gympie but after the floods of 1893, 1895 and 1898 had wiped out their crops, most ventured into dairying and pig breeding. In 1901 the Kenilworth Farmers' Association was formed and in 1907 they built the Kenilworth Farmers Assembly Hall. This later housed a library and hosted dances. In 1905 the Association was responsible for establishing a co-operative butter factory which opened in Caboolture in 1907.

Also established was the Kenilworth Farmers' Co-operative Store in Eumundi. In 1912 a steam-powered sawmill was built on Coolabine Creek. In 1921 Kenilworth Station was sold off and divided into dairy farms and allotments. By 1925 all the large estates in the district had been subdivided and sold. Today dairying is still a major part of farming in the area but there has been diversification into fruit and vegetables and pig farming.

Kenilworth Post Office opened by 1926 (a receiving office had been open from 1896).

The first store was opened in Kenilworth on 2 January 1924 as well as the new hall opening and the first butcher's shop appeared in 1925. Kenilworth Provisional School built by the community opened on 22 January 1900. This school became a State School on 1 January 1909. (This school was in the locality now known as Gheerulla).

Kenilworth Township was opened in the Kenilworth Hall on 21 October 1924. The hall, in 1926, was equipped to show silent pictures. The site for a public recreation ground was purchased in 1927 and in 1933, the Public Hall was moved to this new location. The Church of England Mary Valley Parish was established in 1925.

At the 2006 census, Kenilworth had a population of 238.


Kenilworth has a 'Living History' Museum with a theatrette which shows a history of the district to visitors, together with displays covering many areas of history past.

Kenilworth Homestead still exists, though the 10,000 hectare cattle station is now reduced to 50 hectares. Since 1875, the Homestead and out-buildings have continually been restored and extended, still keeping as much of its original structure as possible. It is now used as a camping and riding centre.

Heritage listings

Kenilworth has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Kenilworth State Community College is a government primary (Prep-6) school for boys and girls at 3717 Maleny-Kenilworth Road (26°35′57″S 152°43′33″E / 26.5991°S 152.7257°E / -26.5991; 152.7257 (Kenilworth State Community College)). In 2018, the school had an enrolment of 59 students with 9 teachers (5 full-time equivalent) and 9 non-teaching staff (5 full-time equivalent). It includes a special education program.

There is no secondary school in Kenilworth. The nearest government secondary schools are Mary Valley State College (to Year 10) in neighbouring Imbil to the north and Maleny State High School (to Year 12) in Maleny to the south-east.

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