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Gympie / Gympie Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
• Cooloola
• Cooloola National Park
• Gympie
• Kenilworth
• Mary Valley
 
Other towns, villages and localities in Gympie Region include:
• Amamoor • Dagun • Imbil • Kandanga • Kybong • Traveston
First settled in the 1840’s Gympie soon grew into a prosperous town with the discovery of gold by James Nash who picked up approximately 2.7 kg of it within two days of prospecting. The largest ever gold nugget discovered in Queensland come from Gympie it weighs in at a massive 37 kg. Gold is still being mined here today.

Historical buildings line the main street of the town once called ‘Nashville’ after James Nash then renamed Gympie in 1868 after a local stinging tree ‘Gimpi Gimpi’. Due to the large amount of gold in the region and the large population Gympie even had its own stock exchange.

Today Gympie is a mainly agricultural town centred on the Mary River Valley agricultural district. Beef cattle, pigs, tropical fruit and vegetables are grown and an active dairy industry operates.

Located in south east Queensland between Fraser Island and Noosa, the Gypmie Region, also known as the Cooloola Region offers visitors a great range of attractions and experiences, whether you are seeking beaches, waterways, national parks and state forest, rural hinterland, or its heritage.

The region includes the coastal towns of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay, through to the rolling hills of the Mary Valley, that includes the heritage city of Gympie.

Check out our listing of Gympie and Gympie Region accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Gympie CBD Visitor Information Centre
107 Mary Street
GYMPIE QLD 4570
Ph: 07 5483 6656
Freecall: 1800 444 222 (within Australia)
Email
Web: www.cooloola.org.au
Open
Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Closed Sunday and Public Holidays
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
Gympie Visitor Information Centre
Lake Alford, Bruce Highway
GYMPIE QLD 4570
Ph: 07 5483 6411
Freecall: 1800 444 222 (within Australia)
Email
Web: www.cooloola.org.au
Open
Open 7 days a week 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Gympie Attractions
Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum
• 215 Brisbane Rd, Gympie • Ph: 07 5482 3995
• Everybody is invited to visit our Museum where you can find out just how Gympie saved Queensland and much more of its' past and present. The Museum houses a vast collection of documentation, artefacts and photographs from the discovery of gold in 1867 by James Nash to the current operations of the Gympie Eldorado Goldmine which is the 8th greatest gold producing mine in Australia today.
Entry into the Museum is via the Caf้ and Souvenir Shop

There's 100 years of history to enjoy with well-presented and informative displays. The Museum site comprises over 5 hectares containing over 30 display areas in and around 15 major buildings with entry through a caf้ and souvenir shop.

Set by a picturesque lake, the museum houses memorabilia from the early gold mining era , as well as displays showcasing military, rural, transport, communications and steam development in Australia. Spend a few hours or a full day with the family or a group of friends and discover the region's past. Great picnic grounds and BBQ areas surround the museum, so you can bring your own lunch and relax by the lake or dine in our caf้.
5th Light Horse Museum Gympie
• The Gympie Museum has emerged since its founding in 1991 to be one of the leading institutions to display the weaponry and uniforms used by the Light Horse. The Museum contains extensive photographic records of individuals who served with the 5th Light Horse Regiment together with display of service medals from ex serving member of the Regiment . The museum also contains a valuable collection of memorabilia. The library contains an extensive collection of books which are available for research.

WoodWorks Forestry and Timber Museum
• Ph: 07 5483 7691
• The museum features an impressive display of old equipment from the colonial era; wooden washing machine, timber harvesting implements and bullock wagons. Of particular interest is a huge cross section of a 619 year old Kauri Pine. Watch working demonstrations of skilled timber men using adzes, crosscut saws, broad axes and shingle froes. You will also see a 1925 Republic winch truck, blacksmith shop, timber cutters hut, historic film footage on video, informative literature and museum shop. The steam-driven sawmill operates several times a year, usually on a Saturday during school holidays and special events.


The Valley Rattler
• Old Railway Station, Tozer St, GYMPIE QLD 4570 • Ph: 07 5482 6213 • Email
• The Valley Rattler is a community funded and managed organisation that is conducting historical steam train tours starting from Gympie, through the Mary Valley, visiting the towns of Dagun, Amamoor and Kandanga, then stopping in Imbil before the return journey to Gympie.

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Gympie Region Events

• Queensland Events
Imbil Country Markets
• Sunday from 8 am until 2 pm,
• Local markets with a variety of stalls selling local produce, plants, bric-a-brac, etc.
Toyota National Country Music Muster
• Ph: 07 5482 2099 • Email
• August
• The peaceful setting at Amamoor Creek State Forest Park comes alive every August for one of Australia's biggest celebrations of music. The Toyota National Country Music Muster site is a 40 minute drive west of Gympie.

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Gympie Distance

Distance to Gympie
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Gympie:
  Km
• Cooroy 44
• Kingaroy 139
• Maleny 83
• Cooloola 58
  Km
• Maryborough 88
• Noosa Heads 66
• Murgon 93
• Wondai 108
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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• Gympie Maps
Bing Maps - Gympie, QLD
Google Maps - Gympie QLD 4570

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