Welcome to Kabi Kabi/Gubbi Gubbi country and the beautiful town of Kandanga.

The first township in the area of Kandanga was first called Bunya Creek. After the Mary Valley railway line opened in 1914 a township was formed: The Kandanga Hotel was built, the Catholic Church opened in 1918 and the war memorial was built in 1924.

Timber was cut and sent by rail to Gympie, as were bananas, cattle and cream. In 1923 a fruitgrowers’ association was formed and by 1942 the Kandanga Talkies picture palace was built.

Similar to other Mary Valley towns, pineapples were grown and the Kandanga Pineapple Festival was first held in 1956.

Kandanga has held its population over the years. In 1947 there were 525 people in the area, but by the 2016 census the population had grown to 665 people.

View the slideshow for a snapshot, but click on the photo gallery for all photos.

  • Kandanga Hotel c1915 - Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Palmers Store - Kandanga - originally built as Boyling's Hall - Gympie Regional Libraries
  • First members - Kandanga Bowls Club - Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Kandanga School 1920 - Gympie Regional Libraries
  • Workmen at Kandanga Sawmill c1920 - Gympie Regional Libraries

Photo Gallery of Kandanga– click on an image to view full screen

Click on a tab to view more images

King, Joy (2001) “Imbil: jewel of the Mary Valley: a historical reference” [available for loan from the library]
Wild Heart Bountiful Land
Produced by the Queensland State Archives in partnership with Cooloola Shire Council, Wild Heart Bountiful Land is an historical overview of the Mary River Valley. [free eBook]
Mary Valley Rattler
A history of the railway in the Mary Valley [Web site]
Queensland Places
Centre for the Government of Queensland, contains all the places in Queensland with or has had a population over 500. [Web site]
Queensland Government – Place Names
Queensland place names database [Web site]
Regional Profile
A statistical snapshot of our region [Web site]
Australian Bureau of Statistics
Data from the 2016 Census [Web site]


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Curated Photo Collection
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