Explore Nature National Parks

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.


Matilda: The legend of Matilda was born at the opening ceremony of the 1982 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, where she won the hearts of people all over the world. The 13-metre winking kangaroo can be enjoyed at the Matilda Travel Stop at Kybong about 10-minutes south of Gympie along the Bruce Highway.  Have your photo taken with Matilda.

Fossick for Gold:  Try your luck panning for gold at Gympie’s Deep Creek Fossicking Area. To obtain licenses and fossicking equipment visit the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway in Gympie or freecall 1800 444 222.

Gympie Heritage Railway Station & Short Tours: Take a short trip on a Heritage Rail Motor from Gympie Heritage Railway Station.  Tours operate every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month departing  the Old Gympie Station on the hour.  Commencing: 10.00 am with last tour at 2.00 pm. Twilight Markets also occur at the Heritage Station on the 3rd Sat of each Month. The station can be found at Tozer Street, Gympie  4570 P (07) 5482 2750  www.thevalleyrattler.com

Mary Valley

Follow the Mary Valley Road from Gympie through a rich patchwork of agriculture land to Dagun, a quaint village and take in scenic views from Amamoor, home of the Gympie Music Muster.  Continue on your journey to Kandanga, the Mary Valley’s friendly RV town, then travel on to Imbil the main business centre of the Valley, nestled on the banks of Yabba Creek.  Head to Borumba Dam for fabulous fishing, ride horses or trek through the extensive forests, try some water sports or a relaxing picnic.  Taste the locally grown FLAVOURS of the Mary Valley at food outlets along the way.

Cooloola Coast

The green road to the coast contrasts colourfully with Rainbow Beach’s golden and coloured sands at the destination’s end. Rainbow Beach not only boasts stunning beaches, you will also want to explore the Carlo Sandblow, famous Coloured Sands, Inskip Peninsula at the base of Fraser Island and the Double Island Point Lighthouse. Beware, you will want to stay longer!  This drive gently meanders through fertile grazing and farm land and State Forest of pine before moving on to the natural bush surrounding the beachside villages.  Goomboorian, a fertile farming community, and other small towns branching off the main highway include Wolvi, Kia Ora, Neerdie, have many little surprises that make the diversion worthwhile.The quaint fishing village of Tin Can Bay and Cooloola Cove make a pleasant detour through the tall eucalypt forests, dry coastal woodlands and heath plains that shelter patches of tropical rainforest.

Fraser Island - Maheno Wreck: A Major landmark of Fraser Island is the shipwreck of the S.S Maheno. On July 9, 1935, she drifted ashore and was beached near Eli Creek. The Ship has since become severely rusted, with almost three and a half storeys buried under sand.

Kilkivan & Goomeri

Goomeri West: Enjoy a scenic drive through pastoral land and bush, along the Wide Bay Highway to Kilkivan and Goomeri in Gympie’s Western hinterland. Admire restored heritage buildings and enjoy delightful parks. Shop for art, antiques and local gourmet produce. Cool down in historic hotels or indulge in regional cuisine and fine local wines at one of the many cafes.

Bicentennial Trail: With strong historical links to the old coach and stock routes, Kilkivan is one of the few towns on the Bicentennial National Trail. Travel by horse, mountain bike or on foot along tracks taken by the early pioneers. Keep an eye out for koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, possums, echidnas and goannas. Camp under the gum trees at designated areas along the track, or the overnight National Trail facility in Kilkivan.

Mount Clara Chimney: Perhaps the oldest surviving mining industry chimney in Queensland, the restored Mount Clara Chimney is a fifty-foot high structure used for smelting copper for export during the mineral boom of the 1870’s. On Rossmore Road, eleven kilometers southeast of Kilkivan, the chimney shows incredible workmanship. Built using local stone of all shapes and sizes, the chimney is a popular attraction for those interested in old mineral workings.

Sunshine Coast

Dingo Creek Winery: Has been described as one of the prettiest wineries on the Sunshine Coast and overlooks the majestic Mount Cooroora. “Come to Cooloola” and visit our vineyard. We are located at Traveston in the Sunshine Coast hinterland near Noosa and Gympie in south east Queensland. See our location map for directions.