Gympie is a regional city in south eastern Queensland, Australia, it is located approximately 160 kilometres north of Brisbane. It is an old gold mining town situated along the Bruce Highway on the Fraser Coast. Gympie offers the warm hospitality of a country town with all the modern conveniences.

Gympie's history began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. At the time, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and the fall in wool prices. But Nash made the five day journey down the Mary River from Maryborough and, dug up 75 ounces of gold in six days then he staked his claim.

Rotaract Park, GympieAfter that the Gympie Gold Rush was on, injecting the boost to the Queensland economy that enabled the colony to survive.You can find out about the mining industry in Gympie at the Gympie and District Historical and Mining Museum.

Gympie Old Town HallOther attractions in Gympie include the interesting Woodworks Forestry and Timber Museum. Gympie also holds two great festivals. The Country Music Muster is held in August, while the Gold Rush Festival is held in October. Both of which are great fun.

Husman Place, GympieAlongside the Bruce Highway you will pass Rotaract Park, which is a large and attractive park. Within the park you can wander around the lake, relax in the picnic area and enjoy the beautiful gardens.

You will also notice the large statue, called Husman Place. The statue is in memory of the gold miners who worked in Gympie during the gold rush.

Rainbow BeachGympie you can turn off towards the coast and the pretty Rainbow Beach, from where you can visit popular Fraser Island or continue south along the beach to Noosa.

You can get information and camping permits about both the Cooloola National Park, and Fraser Island from Gympie. There is also a selection of accommodation, including hostels.

Big PineappleJust south of Gympie (along the Bruce Highway) you will come across Nambour, where you will find the well known Big Pineapple.

Thirty minutes drive east of Gympie is Tin Can Bay where you can hand feed rare Indo-Pacific Hump-backed Dolphins in their natural environment. The feeding is regulated for the protection of the dolphins. Tin Can Bay is the Southern access point to the Great Sandy Strait, a stunning aquatic playground protected by World Heritage listed Fraser Island.

Featured Gympie Activities and Tours

Fraser Island 3 Day Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort 4WD Tour
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Explore the World Heritage wilderness of Fraser Island with an experienced friendly eco guide and driver on this 3 day 4WD Eco tour. Walk through towering rainforest growing in sand. Discover huge san...

Fraser Island 2 Day 4WD Camping Adventure
from $299.00

The 2 Day Camping Adventure covers Fraser Islands greatest highlights including Lake McKenzie. Enjoy green grass camping just metres from the beach and the fresh waters of Govi Creek on Fraser Island ...

Fraser Island 2 Day Eurong Beach Resort 4WD Tour
from $380.00

On this Fraser Island 2 Day 4WD Tour travel on a fully guided adventure to Fraser Island National Park. This tour covers the islands greatest highlights including Central Station Rainforest, Lake Wabb...

Fraser Island 3 Day Camping Tour
from $350.00

Camping is a must-do on Fraser Island! Stay at a relaxing beach campsite with hot showers, toilets, great tents and all camping equipment is supplied. The Dilli Village Beach Campsite allows for more ...

Fraser Island 2 Day National Park Cabin Tour
from $350.00

See Fraser Islands best highlights on this two day tour. Highlights include: Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Central Station Rainforest, Labe Wabby and Beach shipwreck. This 2 Day Fraser Island National ...

Fraser Island 5 Day Camping Adventure
from $810.00

Explore the world's largest Sand Island. The 5 day camping safari is a memorable trip to Fraser Island!Enjoy many experiences and activites throughout the trip including daily trips by 4WD, extensive ...

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