Gympie, Queensland, Australia

Gympie

About

Gympie is a town and a locality in the Gympie Region, Queensland, Australia.Located in the Wide Bay-Burnett district, Gympie is about 160 kilometres north of the state capital, Brisbane. The city lies on the Mary River, which floods the town periodically. Gympie is the administrative centre for the Gympie Region area. At June 2015 Gympie had an estimated urban population of 20,810.

Gympie is famous for its gold field.It contains a number of historic buildings registered on the Queensland Heritage Register.

People

Local Food

The region’s hinterland harvest includes a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, including farm fresh olives, avocadoes, citrus and small crops. You can also find organic growers, local wine and cheese producers, red claw and crayfish farmers and producers of export-quality beef among the pastures, surrounded by the many tributaries of the Mary River. Meanwhile, on the coast, Tin Can Bay trawlers and Rainbow Beach fishermen source prized fresh local seafood from the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Straits and nearby waterways.

With such quality, fresh local produce in abundance, it’s little wonder why the Gympie region is also home to many high end, value-adding processors and distributors. They range from multi-national food companies to boutique enterprises, specialising in homemade chutneys, gourmet sauces and even organic skincare treatments.

Culture

History

Graziers were the original European settlers. Subsequently, James Nash reported the discovery of ‘payable’ alluvial gold on 16 October 1867.At the time of Nash’s discovery, Queensland was suffering from a severe economic depression. Nash probably saved Queensland from bankruptcy. A memorial fountain in Gympie’s Park honours Nash’s discovery.[10] The Gympie Gold Rush Festival celebrates the event today. The Gold Rush Festival holds 10 days of cultural events in October. Gold mining still plays a role in the area’s fortunes, along with agriculture, timber and tourism. The gold rush’s rapid development led to streets that are in an irregular fashion.

Gympie Creek Post Office opened on 1 December 1867. It was renamed Gympie in 1868.

Gympie Hospital, 1891
The railway from Maryborough completed in 1881.The North Coast railway linked Gympie to Brisbane in 1891.A fire brigade was in operation in 1900. The state declared Gympie a town in 1903. A powdered milk factory began operations in 1953.

Shopping

Mary St offers a post office and a wide array of bars, cafes, banks and stores. It has a quaint country town feel to it.

Thing to do

The annual country music muster, which attracts thousands of fans and musicians.
The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.

At night

How to get here

By car:
Road connection to Gympie is via the Bruce Highway; it is about 160km north of Brisbane.

By Rail:
Rail connect is via QR’s North Coast railway line, which is served by daily Citytrain services to Brisbane and Traveltrain services for long distances.

The region’s hinterland harvest includes a wide range of seasonal fruit and vegetables, including farm fresh olives, avocadoes, citrus and small crops. You can also find organic growers, local wine and cheese producers, red claw and crayfish farmers and producers of export-quality beef among the pastures, surrounded by the many tributaries of the Mary River. Meanwhile, on the coast, Tin Can Bay trawlers and Rainbow Beach fishermen source prized fresh local seafood from the pristine waters of the Great Sandy Straits and nearby waterways.

With such quality, fresh local produce in abundance, it’s little wonder why the Gympie region is also home to many high end, value-adding processors and distributors. They range from multi-national food companies to boutique enterprises, specialising in homemade chutneys, gourmet sauces and even organic skincare treatments.

Graziers were the original European settlers. Subsequently, James Nash reported the discovery of ‘payable’ alluvial gold on 16 October 1867.At the time of Nash’s discovery, Queensland was suffering from a severe economic depression. Nash probably saved Queensland from bankruptcy. A memorial fountain in Gympie’s Park honours Nash’s discovery.[10] The Gympie Gold Rush Festival celebrates the event today. The Gold Rush Festival holds 10 days of cultural events in October. Gold mining still plays a role in the area’s fortunes, along with agriculture, timber and tourism. The gold rush’s rapid development led to streets that are in an irregular fashion.

Gympie Creek Post Office opened on 1 December 1867. It was renamed Gympie in 1868.

Gympie Hospital, 1891
The railway from Maryborough completed in 1881.The North Coast railway linked Gympie to Brisbane in 1891.A fire brigade was in operation in 1900. The state declared Gympie a town in 1903. A powdered milk factory began operations in 1953.

Mary St offers a post office and a wide array of bars, cafes, banks and stores. It has a quaint country town feel to it.
The annual country music muster, which attracts thousands of fans and musicians.
The Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.
By car:
Road connection to Gympie is via the Bruce Highway; it is about 160km north of Brisbane.By Rail:
Rail connect is via QR’s North Coast railway line, which is served by daily Citytrain services to Brisbane and Traveltrain services for long distances.

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