The historic Railway Hotel
|Population||942 (2011 census)|
|Federal Division(s)||Wide Bay|
Imbil is a town in the Wide Bay–Burnett region of Queensland, Australia. The town is located in the Gympie Region local government area and in the Mary River valley, 160 kilometres (99 mi) north of the state capital, Brisbane. At the 2011 census, Imbil had a population of 942.
The town was established in 1868 at the start of the gold rush in the area. The opening of the Mary Valley branch railway line (now the Mary Valley Heritage Railway) in 1914 brought a second surge of development to the town.
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.
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.
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.
Imbil has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Imbil (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 18 July 2013.
- Environmental Protection Agency (Queensland) (2000). Heritage Trails of the Great South East. State of Queensland. p. 165. ISBN 0-7345-1008-X.
- Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
- "Imbil War Memorial". Monument Australia. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
- Nev McHarg (8 July 2011). "Valley art fest launch a gala affair". Gympie Times. Retrieved 25 May 2012.
- "Imbil Railway Bridge (entry 602791)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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