The Mary Valley country is filled with lots of local produce, natural surroundings, historical places to visit & plenty of fantastic annual events.  We have put together some suggestions below that might assist you when venturing out to explore our beautiful region:
  • After breakfast – take a short 20 minute drive to Kenilworth enjoying fabulous galleries, cafes
  • Visit the Kenilworth Dairies (formerly Kenilworth Cheese Factory). Enjoy the delicious ice-cream & cheese tastings!  Check out their FB page for updates.
  • Enjoy a light lunch at the cafes OR pack a picnic and take a drive through the Mary Valley (we can provide a special PICNIC HAMPER at an additional cost – please contact us for lunch options)

There are many scenic picnic spots in the area for a picnic.  These include:

See below for a few options of where to eat in our region & surrounding areas:

Melawondi Spring Retreat

Experience Fireside Dining (weather permitting & when available)

Self catering meals – See our current MENUS.


The following cafes & restaurants are in towns or surrounding areas up to approximately 30 minutes from Melawondi Spring Retreat:


  • The Blue & White Teapot – approximately 10 – 15 mins away.  Only just opened mid July & a very unique cafe plus they serve great coffee!  Definitely worth a visit!  Open: Thursday to Sunday.  Ph: 0448 102 140

Carter’s Ridge



  • Salty Kisses – Stunning Health Spa and Expresso Bar!  Fantastic coffee and perfect place to relax and enjoy luxury health spa treatments. Check their FACEBOOK page for regular updates! Ph: 5482 3978
  • Farmer & Sun Cafe (Southside) – approximately 25 mins drive. Ph: 5481 2055
  • Kingston House – a la carte restaurant. Ph: 5483 6733
  • Phoenix Hotel – Contemporary dining. You do need to book ahead!! Ph: 5482 1263 
  • Zesty Edibles – great meals & atmosphere. Ph: 5482 3107
  • Decks on Mary – Restaurant / Coffee Shop Ph: 5483 8888


  • One2One on Yabba – Opened in July 2016.  Lovely atmosphere, great coffee & snacks!  Thurs to Sun 9am to 4pm.  See their FACEBOOK for regular updates. Ph: 0408 881 256
  • Packing Shed – Opened in June 2016 – Thursday to Sunday and only a 5 minute drive from here.  Ph: 0447 883 339


  • Kandanga Kitchen – opened in October 2017.  Fantastic country hospitality in the beautiful Mary Valley showcasing delicious local & regional produce!  See their FACEBOOK for regular updates & opening times. Ph: 0490 496 706



  • Huggamug Cafe (Facebook page) – Cute and unique cafe with fantastic coffee! Ph: 0408 245 455

…or you could join a tour with Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours

  • Hinterland Harvest Market – Woombye (every Saturday from 6am – 11am)
  • Dagun Growers Markets  (every Saturday from 3pm) Local produce from growers around the valley.  You can still purchase fresh local produce online from Sunday to Tuesday on their WEBSITE.
    • Also from 6pm on some Saturdays the Choo Choo Bar has wine, food and great entertainment to enjoy at Dagun Station (check their Facebook Page for upcoming events).
  • Imbil (Sunday 8am – 2pm) very small market!
  • Gympie (Sunday 7am – 12pm)
  • Yandina (Saturday 7am – 12pm)

The Gympie Museum Markets are held beside Gympie’s beautiful Lake Alford, which can be accessed from either the Bruce Hwy or Brisbane Rd. Enjoy live music whilst browsing through extensive markets with everything from bric-a-brac to fresh produce. 1st, 3rd and 5th Sunday of each month. On the 2nd and 4th Sunday they are held at Southside.  Ph: 5482 3995.

Other markets in the region can be found HERE on the Gympie Gold Regional Produce website.


To keep up to date with current EVENTS please visit our website.


There are an abundance of activities in the area including horse riding, kayaking & bike riding. Ask us for further details regarding these activities in the Mary Valley area.

  • Ride on Mary (Kayak and Bike Bush Adventures) – Ian Harling will organise that special day out for you!

Activities at Melawondi Spring Retreat include:


There are a few different walking tracks at Melawondi Spring Retreat leading to different views out over the valley areas. We can organise champagne and canapés at sunset or a GOURMET PICNIC HAMPER or GOURMET GRAZING PLATTER (optional extra) to enjoy on the many special spots at the retreat. We can also assist in providing more challenging options to your bushwalking experience.

Local Wildlife

Enjoy an abundance of natural wildlife on the property, including wallabies, koala, platypus and a large variety of birds. A great time to enjoy this is relaxing on the huge verandah whilst enjoying sparkling wine and seasonal platter – pure relaxation!

Bird watching

Many species of birds are abundant here at Melawondi Spring Retreat. There are binoculars and a bird book located in the studio for your use during your stay.

Star gazing

On a clear night stars are a plenty & absolutely amazing!! There is a current monthly star chart located in the studio to assist you with locating stars and planets OR before you arrive download Night Sky app to your smartphone ready for your night show.

Wilderness Navigation

This workshop is an optional extra that can be tailored to suit your requirements where you can learn to navigate using map, compass and GPS.

Other towns to visit include:

If you have any questions or require further information of types of activities in the area please don’t hesitate to let us know!

Thank you.

Tanya, Tony & Emma