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The historic Railway Hotel
Imbil is located in Queensland
Coordinates26°27′36″S 152°40′39″E / 26.46°S 152.6775°E / -26.46; 152.6775Coordinates: 26°27′36″S 152°40′39″E / 26.46°S 152.6775°E / -26.46; 152.6775
Population942 (2011 census)[1]
 • Density4.264/km2 (11.045/sq mi)
Area220.9 km2 (85.3 sq mi)
LGA(s)Gympie Region
State electorate(s)Gympie
Federal Division(s)Wide Bay
Localities around Imbil:
Upper Kandanga Kandanga Creek
Bella Creek Imbil Brooloo
Lake Borumba Kenilworth Kenilworth

Imbil is a town and a locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Imbil had a population of 942.[1]


Imbil is in the Wide Bay–Burnett district in the Mary River valley, 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane.


The town was established in 1868 at the start of the gold rush in the area.[4] The opening of the Mary Valley branch railway line (now the Mary Valley Rattler) in 1914 brought a second surge of development to the town.[4]

The first Imbil Post Office opened on 9 July 1870 and closed in 1872. The second office opened in 1877 and closed in 1907. The third office opened by 1919. An Imbil Railway Station Post Office opened in 1917 (a receiving office had been open from 1915) and closed in 1920.[5]

The Imbil Public Library building opened in 1987.[6]

Imbil War Memorial, 2008

The Imbil War Memorial is dedicated to those who served in World War II. It was dedicated on 11 November 1997 by the president of the Mary Valley Returned and Services League of Australia, Clive Colburn.[7]

Heritage listings[edit]

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


The Gympie Regional Council operates a public library in Imbil at 123-125 Yabba Road.[9]

The Imbil branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the Imbil Public Hall in Edward Street.[10]


Imbil is home to the annual Mary Valley Art Festival. The festival began in 2000. Viewing of entrants artwork is conducted at the Imbil public hall.[11]

The town is also home to the motor rally event, the International Rally of Queensland, a long running event on the Queensland and Australian Rally Championships. It was recently promoted to international standing as a round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Stages are held in surrounding forests and the show grounds are converted into the garage facilities for approximately 70 race cars over the course of the three-day event. It is now the longest running national level rally event in the country.

The town is the home of the Mary Valley Stags Rugby League Club.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Imbil (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Imbil - town in Gympie Region (entry 16635)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Imbil - locality in Gympie Region (entry 46340)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  4. ^ a b Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 165. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
  5. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Archived from the original on 15 May 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  6. ^ "Queensland Public Library Statistical Bulletin 2016-2017" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  7. ^ "Imbil War Memorial". Monument Australia. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  8. ^ "Imbil Railway Bridge (entry 602791)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  9. ^ "Imbil Library". Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. 27 April 2017. Archived from the original on 24 January 2018. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  11. ^ Nev McHarg (8 July 2011). "Valley art fest launch a gala affair". Gympie Times. Archived from the original on 11 July 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2012.

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