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Gympie Queensland

A quaint inland town in the Sunshine Coast Region, perfect for nature lovers and thrill seekers.


At a Glance

Gympie is a heritage city from the gold rush era filled with rich historic architectural styles from the 19th century. Located on the Mary River, Gympie had a history of periodic floods. Perhaps the most well known feat of Gympie is saving the economy of Queensland from collapsing in 1867.

Gympie has a relaxing and lovely atmosphere, you can stroll around the historic Mary Street admiring the architecture, walk in any of the museum or art galleries, or simply go browse through some fresh produce at the weekend markets. There are also much to be explored in the region, including


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Where is Gympie?

 

Gympie is 160 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Gympie is situated inland in the Sunshine Coast region to the northwest of Sunshine Coast City. Gympie is easily accessible by car, just 2 hours drive from Brisbane, alternative means of travelling there are by bus, air or rail.


 

Things to see in Gympie

 

Art Galleries and Museums

Being a town full of notable history, Gympie houses a number of museums that showcase their heritage. The Gold Mining and Historical Museum displays memorabilia from the gold mining era, you can learn a lot about the society and its development during that time. Another major industry in Gympie before gold were found was the timber industry, Gympie had an abundance of quality red cedar. To commemorate this, the Woodworks Museum have various exhibitions about the role of forestry in Queensland, you can learn about the tools, equipments and methods used in the timber industry in the past.

Art Galleries and Museums

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Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Travel into the past of Gympie, explore all the historically significant structures and get to know the stories they each have to tell. The Gympie Region Heritage Trail provides you the opportunity to immerse yourself in the history of Gympie, bringing you to all the historic structures of the town such as the Dickabram Bridge and the Double Island Point Lighthouse. There are abundance of signage that indicates to you what the story of the building is.

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

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Mary Valley

Mary Valley is a beautiful and picturesque valley full of rich fertile soil, it is also widely considered the 'food bowl' of the region. There are a lot of great fresh local produce here that you can sample and purchase from the friendly people in the area, here you can experience country hospitality in a true fashion. Furthermore, The Mary River flows through the heart of the valley, making a magnificent view that is the perfect background for photographers. There are lots of activities you can do here as well, to name a few: canoeing, fishing, bushwalking, horse riding and hiking among the many.

Mary Valley

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Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay is a lovely seaside village known for its abundant wildlife, relaxing vibe and fresh seafood. It is also known to be a paradise for bird lovers as hundreds of species of birds call this place home, some coming from as far as Siberia in Russia to avoid the cold. Plenty of marine activities are there for you to do as well, you can explore the abundant wildlife in the area and look at different species of fish, dolphins, turtles and crabs. You can even feed and get close to the rare humpback dolphins in the area during the right season! This makes this a rewarding place to visit.

Tin Can Bay

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What's the weather like?

 

Gympie lies on the humid subtropical portion of Queensland where it is hot and wet during the summer, warm and dry during the winter. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 20°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 7°C.

 

Get to know Gympie's history

 

The land around The Gympie region is traditionally owned by The Kabi Kabi tribe. The name 'Gympie' arose from the name of the stinging nettle tree that the indigenous people call "Gimpi-Gimpi".

The first European settlers that came here were from the agricultural stock, who came to look for grazing land. In 1867, James Nash discovered a deposit of alluvial gold in this region during a time of economic difficulty. It is possible that this discovery helped saved Queensland from bankruptcy at the time. This event is celebrated annually in Gympie every year during The Gympie Gold Rush Festival. Through fortunes from mining, Gympie developed quickly through the 1800s into a major town today, housing 20000 people.