First settled in the 1840s 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.
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
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.