KNOWN AS ‘QUEENSLAND’S GOLDEN CITY’ FOLLOWING QUEENSLAND’S FIRST GOLD RUSH, GYMPIE HAS PROUDLY GROWN AROUND THE ORIGINAL SITE WHERE GOLD WAS DISCOVERED IN OCTOBER OF 1867.
As the major hub for the region, Gympie offers all the conveniences of modern living and an unmistakable country charm. Enjoy great attractions, lovely parks and gardens, markets and world-class events including the iconic Gympie Music Muster and the Heart of Gold International Film Festival. Only a Short drive to the Mary Valley, Cooloola, Fraser and Sunshine Coasts, Gympie is central to a relaxed and friendly lifestyle. Take time to stop and reflect in Gympie, the town that saved Queensland from bankruptcy.
Known as ‘Queensland’s Golden City’ following Queensland’s first gold rush, Gympie has proudly grown around the original site where gold was discovered in October of 1867. James Nash, a migrant from England, discovered alluvial gold near the present site of the Gympie Town Hall. Within six months there were over fifteen thousand men mining the Gympie alluvials, many obtaining an ounce to the dish and unearthing nuggets including the largest nugget ever found in Queensland.
The Gympie Goldfield was one of the most plentiful goldfields in Australia. Try your luck panning for gold at the Gold Mining Museum or at Deep Creek fossicking area. Prior to the gold rush, timber was a major industry. By the 1860’s the Gympie region was noted for its vast wealth of timber and for the abundance and quality of red cedar. Discover more about our timber getting history at Gympie’s Woodworks Museum.
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Adventure can be found everywhere, from beneath the water, on the water, on land or in the air. With Mary Valley Country being acknowledged as the last natural playground in South East Queensland, it adds to the rich choices of adventure found on the Cooloola Coast.Read More
A number of world-class events occur throughout the year from the coast, city to the country. A diverse selection of events celebrate the environment, food, wine, music, art and culture.Read More
Restored buildings from the gold rush era add character and charm to Gympie. Take a heritage walk or drive past traditional shop fronts and historic buildings to view glorious examples of 19th century architecture. The region has a strong cultural and artistic community which is supported by a stunning Regional Art Gallery in the city centre, events and festivals celebrating the region's diverse heritage.Read More
With the diverstiy of landscape that makes up the Gympie Cooloola region visitors have many options from coast to country, beach to bush, mountains to mudflats.
A variety of markets occur throughout the region including growers markets which provide the buyer with fresh local food.Read More