We have now been at Kenilworth for 3 weeks, so I thought it about time I shared some of what we have been doing.
Our first week here we were glad to just ‘sit and do nothing’ for a while. Our daughter Lisa came and stayed with us Saturday evening. The weekend brought the vintage and custom car show and Rob, Lisa and I took the opportunity to check out these amazing vehicles. So many people spend huge amounts of time preparing their cars for a show – every square inch is polished and pimped.
We actually got to vote for the public pick ‘car of the show’ – but we never did find out who the winner was.
Over the 3 weeks we have been back home to Nambour a few times. First time home we took the short route over the Obi Obi – I could only ever remember being on this road one other time. The Obi Obi road is an extreme road and totally unsuitable for large vehicles and cars with caravans, and there is signage at each end of the road to this effect – there are alternative routes. Part of the road is one way – the ‘up’ road is tarred but the ‘down’ road is a dirt road. Each of which are extremely steep and winding.
We went home via the Obi Obi, however it was dark when we were coming back and a storm was brewing. I didn’t want to come down the dirt road having not been down it in recent times and so we came back up the Highway to Eumundi/Kenilworth road and back that way. It is almost twice as long both in time and kilometers.
The Kenilworth Recreation & Showgrounds where we are camped is a very popular spot for travellers to stop over. In the time we have been here there have been nights when there is anything up to 20 or so assorted tents, campers, caravans, motorhomes and 5th wheelers; and as few as just us and one other.
We have found the locals are extremely friendly when we have been in the town area. There are several cafes/takeaways as well as the popular Kenilworth Hotel where meals are available. Also the local bowling club is open Friday & Sunday evenings for meals.
The community spirit has amazed us. So much is done by volunteers – they look after the maintenance and collecting camping fees at the Showgrounds. Volunteers also man the local history museum, which has taken some time to build up to the standard it now is. It is open each Sunday 10am to 2pm and other times by appointment for groups of 10 or more. If you are ever in Kenilworth I recommend a visit to the museum. Rob and I attended last Sunday and easily spent a couple of hours browsing and watching the pictures depicting the history of the district in the “Roxy” Theatre. The volunteers are very informative and accompany visitors to share their knowledge and answer any questions you may have.
Kenilworth was the first town in Maroochy Shire to have a reticulated water supply turning it on in 1957. This was followed by another first for the shire – the sewerage system was all set to go in 1963. Both these achievements were enabled by the community working together. They also decided the town needed a park and set about raising funds which gave the community funds to purchase the land to develop the park, which was later handed it over to the Shire – this park has one of the best children’s playgrounds and is always busy particularly at the weekends.
In the early settlement days the community worked hard to build the Kenilworth Hall and much later the swimming pool and also a skate park. These last 3 facilities are a part of the Showgrounds which also has a tennis court.
In one of the brochures we read that the flood markers were noted on the light pole on the corner near the Cheese Factory and the Park. Of course we had to go and find them for ourselves, but they are not very high up the pole – thankfully I say. There is also a flood marker on the back wall of the Kenilworth Hall noting that the 1955 flood would have almost reached inside the upstairs rooms of the hall itself. If that was the case the water would have completely covered our car/van where we are parked at the moment.
We have walked pretty much everywhere in Kenilworth as it’s not a big ‘town’ although the name Kenilworth covers a larger area. One of the nicest places we found in Kenilworth was down near the Mary River. Truth be told, had we not been walking around I doubt we’d have found this large open grassed area as to my knowledge there are no signs pointing you in that direction.
It is noted on Google Maps as Kenilworth River Park but that is all the information I can find about it. This is where we found the “Mary River Flowing to the Sea” sculpture and it was from this park that we were able to access the Mary River itself taking a walk along the dry river bed and a paddle in the cool flowing streams.
This would make a great area for children to run and play, however not near the river bank which has been gouged out with the devastating floods of recent years.
Stay tuned for another instalment when I will tell you a little more about Kenilworth; the Anzac Day March; Kenilworth Cheese Factory and Borumba Dam.