Gympie Region

Gympie - Lake Alford

Quick Facts

The town that saved Queensland, Gympie Goldfield

Home to market leaders in industry and commerce

Located on major rail and road corridors

Direct access to Brisbane and major regional centres

The Gympie region covers an area of some 6898 square kilometres and features many different landscapes ranging from white powder beaches to majestic natural hinterland areas and inspiring heritage townships.

The Gympie region includes the picturesque Mary Valley with its rolling hills and national parks offering a diverse range of activities such as camping, canoeing, four wheel driving, horse riding, with quaint bed and breakfast accommodation, homesteads and farmstays to choose from.

To the East are the aquatic playgrounds of the Cooloola Coast - Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach. The Cooloola Coast offers breathdaking diversity with renowned Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands, wild dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay and world class scuba diving at Wolf Rock.With an abundance of wildlife from birds to whales, this area is also the southern access to the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. To the West are the wide open spaces and blue skies. Home to small, relaxed country townships of Kilkivan and Goomeri, famous for the Great Kilkivan Horse ride and the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival. The Northern localities of Gunalda, Theebine and Curra feature friendly local country pubs and a smorgasbord of gourmet local produce to be savoured.

A visit to the City of Gympie is a must for those that are interested in history and heritage, fine food and shopping. Visit heritage listed buildings and businesses on the Gympie Region Heritage Trail. With many of our charming historical buildings restored to their original splendour, it’s not hard to imagine yourself back in the gold mining days.

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Towns in Gympie

Gympie City

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

Gympie, located some 170km on the Bruce Highway, north of Brisbane, is a beautiful city surrounded by rolling green hills, flanked by the Mary River. The city is renowned for its beautiful parks and gardens, abundant flowers and native birds in surrounding localities.

As the heritage and cultural centre of the Gympie Region, Gympie city boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. Our city offers the warm hospitality of a country town with all the modern conveniences.

With affordable housing and a laid back atmosphere, Gympie is fast becoming a popular place to live, work and play. Gympie is the major hub for the region and offers all the conveniences of modern living. A short drive to Mary Valley, the Cooloola and Sunshine Coasts, Gympie is central to a relaxing lifestyle with great attractions, markets, events and festivals. 

Western Region - Kilkivan

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

The quaint country town of Kilkivan may be just what the doctor ordered. With miles and miles of blue skies and wide open spaces, the farming community of Kilkivan is well equipped to welcome holiday makers who are looking for something a little different.

Roll into Kilkivan and discover the country charm you have been looking for, with bed and breakfast accommodation located right in the main street. You have to go there to appreciate the country stores and cafes, no big chain store franchises here. Kilkivan is also the home of the Great Kilkivan Horse Ride, a spectacular sight to see and even more special to be a part of.

Explore and enjoy the region’s local produce sourced from the town’s lovely cafes and guest houses.

While you are visiting the area, take a short drive to Kinbombi Falls – a popular nature retreat and a great swimming and picnic area, or fossick for gold at the Prophet Gold Mine. This was the first gold discovery in Queensland. In 1868, six months after the Gympie Gold Rush, a group of miners from the west coast of New Zealand discovered alluvial gold in a creek they named West Coast. The gold rush that followed brought 12000 men who created the original Kilkivan town site. 


Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

Goomeri is a rural town located in the South Burnett region of Queensland, 60 km west of Gympie and 180 km north-west of central Brisbane. It is on the intersection of the Burnett, Bunya and Wide Bay Highways.

With delightful parks and many of the buildings constructed in the 1920’s,Goomeri is a quiet and pleasant place that boasts an agreeably relaxed old world charm. Goomeri has many attractions to offer visitors. It will delight you with its range of gourmet food suppliers, cheese specialty shop and fascinating shopping. If you’re feeling peckish, try a homemade pumpkin pie, or visit one of the local restaurants and experience Goomeri’s wonderful country hospitality.

Goomeri has that old world charm you can often find in country towns but today it also has all the things the locals or tourists might need. These include:- a hotel, motel, caravan park, B&B's, cafes, food stores, antique shops, fuel outlets, golf and bowling clubs, show grounds, news agency and swimming pool. There is an information centre situated in Lions Park on the southern end of town.

Browse through the wonderful Goomeri  emporium and other delightful craft stores. It is the gateway to the South Burnett wine district, with numerous vineyards and cellar doors within close proximity. Other industries in the area include beef and dairy. 

Cooloola Coast - Rainbow Beach

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

Rainbow Beach is home to some of the world’s natural wonders and boasts miles of white sandy coast lines. Home to the wonder of natural coloured sands, from which its name is derived, and the vast and impressive Carlo Sand Blow, Rainbow Beach is one of Australia’s hidden treasures.

Stop in Rainbow Beach for a couple of days before you catch the barge from Inskip Point to world famous, Heritage listed Fraser Island. There are many ways to explore Rainbow Beach. Whether your idea of the perfect beach holiday involves camping, skydiving, paragliding, surfing, camping, scuba diving or maybe just enjoying the luxurious seaside resort accommodation on offer, there is something for 


Tin Can Bay

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

Tin Can Bay is a beautiful coastal village where you can enjoy a wide  range of activities, includingsafe sailing in protected waters and wonderful fishing. You can hire a houseboat, a fising or pleasure boat,bring your own, or take a fishing charter. Tin Can Bay is home to the Great Sandy Strait which is famous for its safe and calm waterways. This area is-celebrated for a large number of water activities to be enjoyed and the abundance of wildlife that also call Tin Can Bay home such as resident dolphins - Mystique, Patch and Baby squirt. The once in a lifetime opportunity to interact and feed these rare Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphins, stand in the water and get up close and personal. And then there’s bird watching, yes, you “twitchers” can have a field day, there are over 130 species of birds around the “bay”. Some species fly up to 25,000 kms to get here, now there’s a recommendation.

One thing you just can’t leave without trying is the fresh supply of seafood caught daily in Tin Can Bay. Dine in or like many savvy travellers stock up your holiday fridge and enjoy fresh prawns, crabs and fish right on the water’s edge. 

Mary Valley

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

If it’s an adventure you’re looking for then you can find it in the Mary Valley country. With extensive forest trails that are perfect for bike riding, hiking, exploring, horse riding and photography - it’s truly an environmentalist’s heaven.

Explore the townships of Amamoor, Dagun, Imbil, Kandanga and surrounding localities. Home to sporting events, festivals and of course the Gympie Music Muster, this region has a wealth of experiences to enjoy no matter what your taste. And speaking of taste - the Mary Valley is gaining a growing reputation as a food bowl for South East Queensland, the area has a number of ‘farm gate’ experiences and markets every weekend with growers showcasing the fresh and natural produce.

The Mary River and waterways of the Mary Valley offer a variety of water sports including canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Lake Borumba in the Mary Valley also provides a safe haven for canoeing, recreational boating, waterskiing and fishing. There are also many great camping spots. Bed and Breakfast and Farm stays are a popular choice for families and couples. You can learn how to ride a horse, collect chicken eggs in the morning and even camp out in a bushman’s swag.

The Mary Valley is home to bellbirds and platypus and is the perfect destination to enjoy scenic lookouts and country atmosphere. It is a place to take time. Time to have a chat. Time to appreciate the wonderful views that open up around every corner. Time to savour the taste of locally grown foods. Time to enjoy some of our country events. Time to explore the forests and be at one with nature. Time to appreciate a friendly villages and towns, each with their own history and style. 

Northern Region - Gunalda & Theebine

Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie
Wide Bay Burnett, Gympie

Gunalda is an historic country town offering a genuine, relaxed family atmosphere along with good old fashioned country hospitality.

Experience the historic hotels at Gunalda and Theebine, explore the Mary River at the Dickabram Bridge by canoe and stop for a barbeque at the scenic picnic area nearby.

There is so much to do in this Northern gateway to the Gympie region. You can visit a working red claw aquaculture farm, sample local wines, spend the evening in an historic B&B, enjoy hiking and horseriding in the forests and trails in the region and enjoy the experience of escaping the rat race to experience the country charm of small townships along scenic drives. 

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Gympie Regional Council Phone: 1300 307 800
Email: [email protected]
Address: PO Box 155, Gympie Queensland, Australia 4570
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