"GYMPIE!" Gympie by balhannah

Gympie Travel Guide: 31 reviews and 68 photos


Gympie, and where the Town Hall is situated today, is where in 1867, gold was discovered by Prospector, James Nash. Just 8 years after Queensland had separated from New South Wales, Banks in Queensland and London failed, many immigrants arrived making unprecedented unemployment, chaos and civil disturbances.

James Nash, a young migrant from Wiltshire, England, discovered alluvial gold in 1867. He reported his find to the authorities, and within 6 months, there were over 15,000 men mining the Gympie alluvials, even unearthing nuggets!


The largest nugget ever found in Queensland, was in 1868,
the 30 kilogram (975 oz) Curtis Nugget, named after its finder George Curtis.
When Gold was discovered, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and lower wool prices. It happened at the right time, as it was just the thing to boost the Queensland economy, and enable the colony to survive.

Gympie is a city of 16,000 people, located on the Mary River, about 170 kilometres north of Brisbane.

We paid a visit to the Gold Mining Museum where this part of history is covered by an old village, and exhibits.

A walk in the main street took me past traditional shopfronts, and 19th century architecture and a detour past Anzac Murals to the nearby park.

Every year, Gympie also holds a 6 day, country music Muster, in nearby Amamoor Creek State Forest Park. Thousands flock to this event, as each year, Australia's finest musicians are here.
Camping is a must!

Gympie is located right on the Bruce Highway, under 2 hours drive north of Brisbane.

There is some nice scenery around, plus the dolphins of Tin Can Bay, and the Mary Valley Rattler Steam Train ride.

Pros and Cons
  • Cons:Can be very hot or very cold
  • In a nutshell:Historic town surrounded by lovely countryside.
  • Last visit to Gympie: Jun 2013
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • isolatedpawn's Profile Photo
    Sep 1, 2013 at 5:25 AM

    Your article is GOLD! Nice murals.

  • Regina1965's Profile Photo
    Feb 17, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    The Gympie Ape looks interesting, have never heard of him before. And the murals are so well made.

    • RightOnPreparadaware's Profile Photo
      Feb 17, 2013 at 3:13 PM

      Regina 1965; That ws a Superb Adveanture In such an Exquisite Review & Pictures Taken On Only One Trip. I've Been To Hersyey, Pennsylvania &That Would Be A Great
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    • RightOnPreparadaware's Profile Photo
      Feb 17, 2013 at 4:04 PM

      Some of the FAmous Artist and inventors had a disability but through the artistic, perception were able to maek such a fantastic Well designedSuch As The MOnaLisa & Others Award winning pieces of magnificantpieces of art that still are being restorated
      for the magnificiant beauty that is beyond one's perception That makes a great role model and needs to be commended for their awesome beauty;RightonpreparadawareVT

  • ettiewyn's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    Hi Dee, a great page! I really enjoyed reading your tips. Gympie was one of my very first stops in Australia, I took a Greyhound bus from Rainbow Beach to Gympie, but unfortunately I did not see anything of the town, because right at the bus stop we were picked up to go to Goomeri and then to the farm where we worked. I remember the region very fondly! I see from your page that Gympie really is a place I should return to, the architecture is just so wonderful and interesting! Lovely tips and pictures!

  • Roadquill's Profile Photo
    Dec 14, 2011 at 11:29 AM

    HI Dee, the Mercedes Museum was impressive. I missed the Porsche Museum only a few miles away. I don't know what I was thinking... ;-) Karl

  • Greggor58's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2010 at 3:44 PM

    Interesting town Dee..Lamby looks great...LOVE restaurant tips when I'm hungry..the Cathedral is quite impressive, as are the Memorials including the murals.Thanks Dee..whats the deal with the Ape carving anyhow???

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Aug 12, 2010 at 12:48 PM

    The food looks yummy! I so enjoyed the lovely tour of the wonderful historical building and the charming surrounding. Nice page Dee!

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Aug 1, 2010 at 1:34 PM

    nice to see your pg here - had been here several times on our encyclopedias sales circuit-&whenever headed to Brisb when lived further outback.. quite a few yrs ago now!..so many things to catch up on when I eventually get back home!

  • christine.j's Profile Photo
    Jul 28, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    I didn't know there is an Egyptian statue in Australia. A very interesting page, I just had a quick look as I see it's still under construction.

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