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Mary Valley -
An undiscovered corner of the world
Sometimes on your travels you discover a corner of the world that no one knows, no one talks about nor any guide recommends. They appear out of nowhere and the charm of discovering them is like discovering a sensational song that the radio has not started playing!
It happened in the first few days we spent in Australia, after arriving in Brisbane where we stayed a few days in the house of some French friends of Hélène (you know, Australia is currently overrun with French! Not just because it's cool to live for a while in Australia, but because to get a job in France is not easy for young people, who prefer to find adventure and discover Australia. And finally learn English!).
The initial plan was to discover Queensland, northeast of Australia, where the Great Barrier Reef is. We expected to spend the first night in Noosa, 2 hours north of Brisbane, a well-known seaside resort (and very popular), but we discovered an interested hotel to partner with us, a little further inland, in the small village of Amamoor.
We left the traditional tourist trail, which lies along the coast and drove inland towards the outback. (Not so far inland. True outback Queensland, is several hours drive away, where you can see the red desert landscapes of the bush!). Along the way we passed the Glass House Mountains, a series of small hills, so very steep, spread over several kilometres. Nothing too impressive, but very pleasant with roadside views.
Then after passing the Glass House Mountains we discovered a secret corner, that no one mentions, no guide recommends, and called the Mary Valley, with green scenarios, pastures, cultivated fields, forests, rolling mountains, valleys and plains .
Just one hour north of Brisbane, the Mary River valley begins more or less in Conondale, rising later along the small towns of Kenilworth, Brooloo, Imbil and Amamoor.
Maybe it was the surprise of a so green landscape here in Australia, where the idea is formed of arid lands and landscapes of wild forests of Crocodile Dundee. Maybe it was the fact that this beautiful landscape had not been described in any of the 4 or 5 books that we read about in Australia, making us feel we were here to discover a little hidden secret. The truth is we immediately fell in love with this region, making us remember the large landscapes and cultivated grasslands of South Africa, a country that we loved!
Mary Valley is from now on a mandatory passage point for those who visit Queensland, especially for those who make the drive to or from the Great Barrier Reef!
We thank Christine and Malcolm, the owners of Amamoor Lodge, who have discovered the Mary Valley, and invited us to stay at their Lodge, lost in the middle of a 50 acre property, surrounded by green hills and forests on all sides. We liked especially the walk to the top of the hill in front of the lodge (watch out for snakes! As Malcolm said, "this is Australia, anything can be dangerous!")