Situated on the banks of the Mary River, Gympie is some 165 kilometres north of Brisbane and some 40 minutes north west of Noosa.
Friendly country comfort has overtaken the gold rush and life is lived at an easy pace along the banks of the Mary River where Queensland’s first gold rush saved the state from near bankruptcy. Today, Gympie is a major heritage town on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland of some 16,000 souls, gold mining, tourism, agricultural and timber industries continue to dominate the economy of the district.
For ten days every October, Gympie holds a Gold Rush Festival; throughout the year visitors can delve into the gold mining history of the area at the Gympie Gold Mining Museum; Deep Creek at Gympie is a renowned gold-fossicking area. The Mary Valley Heritage Railway the ‘Valley Rattler’ is a restored 1923 steam train that takes visitors on a 40km journey through the picturesque Mary Valley. The Heritage Walk is a self-guide walk in Gympie; see the Stock Exchange and Town Hall.
Nearby some120 native species are protected in the Amamoor State Forest; the Mothar Mountain has rock pools and forests for bush walking and excellent views; Close by is Imbi, a picturesque town with excellent valley view and the Mary Valley Scenic Way offers a scenic route through towns of the Mary River Valley.