The Gympie Region is right in the middle of the Great Sandy Biosphere.
To the east is the Cooloola Coast, home to Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay and the closest gateway to K’Gari Fraser Island. To the west are the pioneering towns of Kilkivan and Goomeri. And to the south, the lush rural communities of Mary Valley home to a variety of fresh local produce.
With a rich mining history, the town of Gympie was founded in 1867 after prospector James Nash discovered gold at the site now occupied by the town hall.
These days, Gympie is a popular and central place for travellers to uncover or branch out and explore the rolling hills and peaks of the Mary Valley, visit local markets and food producers or see a whole new perspective on the Cooloola Coast with a drive along Rainbow Beach.
Visitors can rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. A scenic ride on a steam train through Dagun, before continuing to the quaint community of Amamoor nestled in the centre of the Mary Valley.
For those who love the outdoors, the River to Rail Trail is nine kilometres of sealed and unsealed pathways that connect the Mary River, Gympie City and the Historic Gympie Station. Walk it in sections or pack your bikes and do the entire loop with a café stop along the way.
Other must visit attractions in Gympie include the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre, Gympie Regional Gallery or the quirky Gympie Bone Museum.
The Gympie Music Muster is Australia’s original and most loved camping and music experience. Staged deep within the natural surrounds of the Amamoor State Forest, the Muster showcases a mix of country, roots, blues, folk and rock music as well as workshops, dancing, bush poets, kid’s club and more.
The Heart of Gold Short Film Festival is the biggest short film festival in rural Australia with 140 short films, masterclasses, events and panels.