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Gympie not only produced the gold that saved Queensland from economic collapse in the late 1860s, but it also bequeathed the state at least one Heritage-listed building directly linked to those heady days.

The old Retort House stands above what is left of the Scottish Gympie Gold Mine, which produced ore worth $4 million, and, at its peak, employed 330 men working almost 50 km of tunnels at depths of up to 762 metres.

Modern technology, of course, is allowing the town and region to relive the glory days of the 1860s with Gympie Gold producing more than 30,000 ounces of the precious stuff a year from mines which have been driven to a depth of 900 metres.

There are no facilities to take visitors down the shaft, but the company"s museum features a display and video presentation.

A major provincial centre servicing the beautiful Cooloola region, Gympie is an attractive, garden city generously decked with jacarandas, flowering silky oaks, cassias, flame trees and poincianas.

Gympie: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates


The British decreed that WWI soldiers of the Empire be buried where they fell, leading to a wave of memorials in Australia as communities, like those of Gympie and Widgee Shire, wrestled with their grief.

The Prince of Wales-later King Edward VIII-unveiled the Gympie war memorial gates in 1920 in tribute to 167 local men who died. Their names are inscribed, along with those of two locals who died in the Boer War, on large sculpted sandstone pillars facing the street and supporting the ironwork gates.

The gates were designed by a young Brisbane draftsman George Rae who won a design competition organised by the Queensland Institute of Architects on behalf of the Gympie and Widgee District Soldiers' Memorial Fund. AL Petrie and Son undertook the stonework. An unknown blacksmith produced the ironwork.

The gates cost ?800, raised through public subscription and input from the Gympie City Council.
The gates, on a laneway between a shop and a hotel, beckon entry to a memorial park beyond on a former saw mill site.

A second set of pillars mirroring the originals bear marble plaques with the leaded names of local men who served in WWII and Vietnam.





Mary Street
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 0.1K from Gympie

Gympie Memorial Park


A triangular-shaped park with lawns, well-tended garden beds and shady trees creates the perfect spot for a picnic in Gympie, it's also a place where WWI soldiers are remembered.

Gympie's Memorial Park was officially opened in April 1921, although the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII) visited eight months earlier when unveiling the Gympie and Widgee War Memorial Gates which lead into the green-space.

The local council used the expertise of Brisbane's Parks Superintendent Harry Moore, also known for his landscape design of Yeronga's Memorial Park, Newstead Park, and New Farm Park.

Local returned servicemen were employed for much of the ground works: gently curving gravelled pedestrian walkways radiating from a few entrance points and raised, dry-stone walled rockery beds with dramatic displays of flowering annuals, perennials and roses. Palms, pines, poinsettias and jacarandas were also planted for this living tribute to the 167 men who died at war.

While intended as a soldiers' memorial, others are remembered within the park. The 1920 bandstand honours the memory of a much-respected bandmaster and a sandstone monument is dedicated to James Nash, the man credited with starting the Gympie gold rush.

Glimpses of the park can be seen from Calton Hill.




River Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 0.1K from Gympie

Gympie Regional Gallery


The Gympie Regional Gallery is housed in the heritage listed School of Arts Building designed by architect Hugo Du Rietz and built in 1905.

The Gallery, a Category A rating facility, enables it to cater for both major national travelling exhibitions to locally curated exhibitions that highlight the artists and local stories of the region and promotes the development of the arts as an integral part of the local community bringing education opportunities, cultural enrichment, economic and social benefits to the entire region.

It presents a dynamic range of exhibitions and public programs tailored to the interests of the community. These include the popular and long running school holiday programs of the Gallery offering children and youth an opportunity to experiment with different artforms.




39 Nash Street
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 0.1K from Gympie

Gold Panning, Deep Creek


In 1867 a discovery of alluvial gold in a gully near the Mary River began the first major gold rush in Queensland and resulted in establishment of the mining town of Gympie.

Today visitors to the region can still visit and try their luck in the gold-bearing gully in the town at the Deep Creek Fossicking Area. Located at the southern entrance to Gympie between the Bruce Highway and Brisbane Road. From Brisbane Road turn into River road and Graham St and turn right into Victoria Street.

Fossicking Licences are available online or at the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre. Equipment hire is also available from the Centre (picks/shovels and pans).

A great family activity at minimal cost.




Victoria Street
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 2.6K from Gympie

Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum


Gympie's Gold Mining and Historical Museum showcases not only Gympie's rich gold mining history but also other aspects of the region's past era including steam machinery, agricultural, dairying, vehicles, gemstone and shell collections.

Andrew Fisher House (named after Australia's second Labour Prime Minister 1908-1915) is part of the Museums collection of historical buildings housed with period furniture. Also the award winning Military Collection of the Fifth Light Horse Regiment which includes military equipment and memorabilia of all sons and daughters of the Gympie area that went to war.

Try your luck at the Museum's Gold Panning and take home a specimen of Gympie Gold - a great time for the whole family. Tour groups welcome.




215 Brisbane Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 3.5K from Gympie

Lake Alford Recreational Park


Lake Alford Recreational Park is located at the southern entry into Gympie. At the entrance to the park is the "Goldminer's Monument" which commemorates the gold miners who saved Queensland. Gold was discovered in Gympie in 1867 at a time when Queensland was in severe economic depression.

The park has wonderful facilities including all abilities playground, barbecue facilities, public amenities, Visitor Information Centre, off the leash dog park, and plenty of off street parking for caravans and RVs.

An abundance of bird life at the park is evident with feeding of the ducks a favourite activity for the kids. On the first, third and fifth Sunday of each month the Gympie Museum Markets are held. Located on the north eastern edge of the park is the Gympie Gold Mining Museum which also has a cafe attached.





Bruce Highway
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 3.7K from Gympie

Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre


Gympie's Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre was first opened by the Queensland Museum and Department of forestry in March 1984 and gives visitors a fascinating insight into the Timber Industry through the years.

The Centre has a host of attractions including a steam driven sawmill, springboard display, pioneering forestry hand tools display and a fully restored 1925 'republic' Winch Truck. The Woodworkers workshop is on site including and timber souvenirs are for sale.

Demonstrations and guided tours available for groups including school parties by arrangement.




Fraser Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 7.5K from Gympie

Woondum National Park


Woondum National Park is a popular retreat in which tall, wet eucalypt forest and subtropical rainforest surround rocky creeks. Parts of the national park are regenerating after being logged as recently as the late 1990s. Some areas formerly used as banana farms are being reforested with eucalypt plantations. Picnic beside cool rock pools, among granite boulders and shady green forests, where Boulder and Woondum creeks meet. Stroll along a short walk featuring large turpentine trees and involving a rock hop across Boulder Creek. Explore diverse forest types on the four wheel drive forest road. Learn more about the areas timber industry at the Woodworks Museum on the Bruce Highway at Gympie.




Woondum National Park
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 9.3K from Gympie

Gympie: Events

Gympie Southside Markets


Gympie Southside Markets are held every second and fourth Sunday between 7am to 12 noon at the Gympie South State School on Exhibition Road.

They are one of the largest markets in the region and offer a wide selection of produce, poultry, crafts, jams and preserves. Entertainment is also available for the kids.


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Exhibition Road
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 1.6K from Gympie

Gympie: Travel Tips

Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre - Lake Alford, Gympie


Destination Gympie Region Visitor Information Centre (Lake Alford) is located at the southern entry to Gympie on the Bruce Highway.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and offers free wi-fi internet access. An extensive range of Gympie regional produce is also available for sale, along with souvenirs and light refreshments. Fossicking Licences for the state of Queensland can be purchased at the Centre. They also provide a book exchange facility for visitors.

Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre provides advice on the things to see and do in the Gympie Region including Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay, Cooloola National Parks, Fraser Island, Kilkivan, Goomeri and the Mary Valley.

Lake Alford provides a wonderful rest stop for drivers with ample parking, all abilities play ground, barbecue and picnic facilities, toilets and an off the dog leash park.




24 Bruce Highway, Lake Alford
Gympie, QLD, 4570

Located 4.0K from Gympie

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