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Local Attractions and Things to Do in the Gympie region

Your next family adventure starts here. The Gympie region has lots of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Panning for gold is something unique to only a few areas in Australia and Gympie is one of them.  There’s heritage trails and rich, colourful history all around – so much to learn and enjoy. Did you know there were 72 pubs in just Gympie’s Mary Street in the Gold Rush days? The city’s art museum – the Gympie Regional Art Gallery - is part of this history and hosts hands-on activities for children and adults, as well as regular new exhibitions and local art shows. 

From the historical city of Gympie to the Mary Valley, where you can enjoy country living at its best, with farm stays, horse riding, quaint country towns full of history, wonderful camping and festivals held throughout the year that people come far and wide to visit. The Mary Valley Tourist Drive can take you there. Visit the  towns of Dagun and Kandanga and taste homemade goodies, including local wines and cheese. 

On Cooloola Coast, you can go driving on the beach at Rainbow – an activity offered in very few places. Rainbow Beach’s coloured sands are well worth a look as is the impressive Carlo Sand Blow. In Tin Can Bay, feed our Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphins, camp, go fishing from the beach or in a boat and try a bit of sailing, or enjoy seafood, fabulous views and great restaurants. There's sky-diving and paragliding off sand cliffs, which will give you a real appreciation of the area way up high! No matter how mild or extreme your version of fun is, we have it covered. Download our brochure for children's activities here.

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Tracks and Trails in the Gympie Region

The Gympie region is blessed with nature based experiences.  With an extensive tracks and trails network there is no excuse to strap on some comfortable shoes and get walking.

Cooloola Coast

Even the keenest birdwatcher will be amazed at the variety of bird life on the Cooloola Coast. Stroll along the bird walk that stretches four kilometres along Tin Can Bay's foreshore, where over 140 species have been sighted.

Tin Can Bay hosts a unique collection of spectacular native wildflowers, with year round and seasonal species; the walk can be accessed from the corner of Emperor Street and Oyster Parade.

Accessible via an easy 600-metre nature walk from Cooloola Drive, this sea of sand covers over fifteen hectares and overlooks the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Peninsula and the southern tip of Fraser Island. It is also a perfect spot to witness a sunrise or sunset.

Lake Poona
Four kilometres south of Rainbow Beach take Freshwater Road to the Bymien Picnic Area. The two kilometre walking track passes through lush rainforest to Lake Poona. The tea coloured freshwater lake is a unique feature of this region.

Seary’s Creek
Discover refreshing swimming holes at Seary’s Creek day rest area 8km south of Rainbow Beach. The 100 metre wheelchair accessible boardwalk passes through heath and low woodland.

This five day, 102 kilometre walk links the Noosa North Shore to Rainbow Beach via the eastern high dunes. Walkers can camp in remote areas of Cooloola National Park, pass through heathland and rainforest and take in the spectacular views. 

Mary Valley
This riverine rainforest and plantations of Hoop and Bunya Pines has a platypus viewing platform on the banks of Amamoor Creek. The 1.5 kilometre Amama Walk through lush rainforest is accessed across the road.

The rainforest walk will take you past swimming holes into a sub-tropical rainforest that features large red cedars and fig trees. A 1 km return trip.

Located approximately four kilometres south of Kenilworth along the Maleny-Kenilworth Road. The 1.4 kilometre walk is sealed including some sections of boardwalk and is wheelchair friendly.

Birdwatch on Little Yabba or Piccabeen Circuits or take the steady climb to 360° views on the 8km Mt Allan walk which takes about 4 hours and offers views of Mary Valley Country atop a 9.6 metre fire tower.

Kilkivan and Goomeri
North of Kilkivan; this reserve protects one of the area's few remaining stands of native Hoop Pine Rainforest. 

Approx. 8.5 kilometre north of Kilkivan wander the kilometre Scrubby Creek walking track, through dry rainforest, giant figs and lovely creeks. The Mudlo Gap track is steep with many steps, but the view from the lookout is impressive.

Fishing in the Region          
Cooloola Coast

Tin Can Bay and Inskip Peninsula are within the UNESCO recognised Great Sandy Strait which is a perfect destination for fishing and boating. 

The Great Sandy Strait rivals the Whitsundays with its ideal sailing conditions and stunning scenery.  Sail the marine sanctuary and explore the local's secrets right up the western side of Fraser Island.

The uniqueness and diversity of the Gympie region’s waterways provides anglers with double the amount of fish species that can be found anywhere else in Australia. With warm northern and cool southern currents meeting at Fraser Island, the Straits provide a one-stop location for an incredible variety of top angling fish, all able to be caught in the one location.

Offering a maze of sandbanks, estuaries and reefs, the Great Sandy Strait creates the perfect home for an array of marine life. Species include Coral Trout, Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Mackerel, Tailor, Mangrove Jack, and Barramundi along with sand and mud crabs.

Beach fishing is one of the great nature based activities you can do in the Gympie region. Inskip Peninsula, Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola Coast offer almost 100 kilometers of fantastic year round fishing. The variety of species includes Dart, Whiting, Flathead, Bream and Tailor. If you venture to the rocks at Double Island Point you can catch Mackerel and Kingfish. Additionally you can charter a boat for a reef fishing excursion to catch red emperor, snapper, parrot and coral trout.

Inland Fishing System

Getting away from the coast the Gympie region offers the angler the excitement of fishing in freshwater dams and rivers. The calm waters of Lake Borumba, near Imbil, are perfect for lure and fly fishing and  you can catch Golden and Silver Perch, Australian Bass and Saratoga. Borumba is a fishing paradise with calm waters, misty mornings, sightings of native deer and structure to cast at above & below the water with rainforest growing to the edge of the water in places.

There is some fantastic wild Bass fishing available in the upper freshwater reaches of the Mary River and her tributaries like the Yabba and Obi Obi Creeks. Experience the serenity of floating down Yabba Creek or the Mary River in your canoe. If the fish aren't biting you can simply take in the abundant wildlife from Azure Kingfishers to playful platypuses.

Gympie and Surrounds

Camelot Camel Dairies

Wayne and Melanie invite you to visit Camelot Dairies. Every second sunday of the month, Camelot Dai..

Cooloola Berries

Open 7 days a week from 8am to 5pm. Pick sweet, ripe, delicious strawberries fresh from the farm Ju..

Cooloola Rocks & Minerals

Whether you are visit our wonderful region or showing someone the sights, you will find a stop at Coo..

Gold Panning, Deep Creek

In 1867 a discovery of alluvial gold in a gully near the Mary River began the first major gold r..

Gunabul Golf Course

The Gunabul 18 Hole Par 3, Golf Cours is perfect for your next golf day and the course is 2261 metres lon..

Gympie - Canoe & Kayaking

New launch points in the Gympie township available for canoeing or kayaking on the Mary River. These..

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 m..

Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre

Gympie Aquatic Recreation Centre is open 7 days a week. Facilities include a 50m outdoor pool and a 25..

Gympie Bone Museum

Gympie Bone Museum open daily from 10am to 3pm Monday to Friday and 10m to 3pm and 9am to midday Saturday..

Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum

Gympie's Gold Mining and Historical Museum showcases not only Gympie's rich gold mining history but a..

Gympie Memorial Park

A triangular-shaped park with lawns, well-tended garden beds and shady trees creates the perfect spot..

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Gympie Region Heritage Trail website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley,..

Gympie Regional Gallery

The Gympie Regional Gallery is housed in the heritage listed School of Arts Building designed by arch..

Helltown Hotrods

Helltown Hotrod is both a Diner and Museum and is an aldadins cave of cool stuff. Walls are overed with ..

Lake Alford Recreational Park

Lake Alford Recreational Park is located at the southern entry into Gympie. At the entrance to the pa..

Mary Valley Rattler

Discover the rich history of the Mary Valley Railway Line and it's people in our museum. Soon you wi..

Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mounta..

Owen Guns Museum

Recently opened, Owen Guns Museum is located on the Southern side of Gympie just off the Bruce Highw..

Recreational Flying Company Gympie

Scenic flights with your own professional local pilot. Adventure and magical views flying over the h..

Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre

Gympie's Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre was first opened by the Queensland Museum and Depar..

Woondum National Park

Woondum National Park is a popular retreat in which tall, wet eucalypt forest and subtropical rainfor..

Mary Valley

Amamoor State Forest

Amamoor State Forest produces some of the finest hoop pine in Queensland. More than 120 bird species ..

Boat Hire - Borumba Deer Park

Boat hire available at the Borumba Dam Deek Park. Great way to navigate the beautiful Mary River or go f..

Brooyar State Forest

Brooyar State Forest features sandstone cliffs, hoop pine plantations and a mix of ta..

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Gympie Region Heritage Trail website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley,..

Mary Valley Adventure Trails

Mary Valley Adventure Trails provide real horse rides, great scenery, quality horses and at an afford..

Mary Valley Rattler

Discover the rich history of the Mary Valley Railway Line and it's people in our museum. Soon you wi..

Puzzels on Yabba

The world's biggest puzzels on display within themed rooms (African,Tahiti etc). Open weekends 9am-4pm. ..

Ride On Mary Kayak and Bike Bush Adventures

Kayak the beautiful Mary River, Yabba Creek or Lake Borumba and take in the breathtaking scenery! The..

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Tin Can Bay

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. ..

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Gympie Region Heritage Trail website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley,..

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Rainbow Beach

Carlo Point Boat Hire

Located at the beautiful Carlo Point Marina Rainbow Beach, Carlo Point Boat Hire offers a range of boat..

Carlo Sand Blow

Carlo Sand Blow is a unique "moonscape" sand mass covers over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering colo..

Coloured Sands

Walk along Rainbow Beach past rocks, caves and freshwater springs to the awesome coloured sands that ..

Cooloola Eco Tours

Their authentic regional Food Tasting and Cultural Walking Tours allows you to explore and enjoy Rain..

Double Island Point

You could say that Double Island Point is one of the Sunshine Coast's best kept secrets. Whether you'..

Epic Ocean Adventures

Offering unique Australian adventure and aquatic experiences to one of the worlds most pristine and d..

Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours

Escape the bitumen and indulge in a unique once in a lifetime 4WD Tour from Noosa to Rainbow Beach. I..

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Gympie Region Heritage Trail website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley,..

Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area

The Inskip Peninsula Recreation Area separates open ocean surf from the sheltered estuary waters of T..

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides have the only permit in existence to ride a horse along Rainbow Beach, whic..

Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf

Rainbow Beach Learn to Surf is the only ASI Accredited Surf School in the Gympie region and they teac..

Rainbow Beach Surf School

Rainbow Beach Surf School is Gympie Region's longest running learn to surf school since 1999 and is t..

Salty's Fishing Tours

Salty's Fishing provides beach fishing tours at spectacular Rainbow Beach, southern gateway to World ..

Wolf Rock Dive Centre

Wolf Rock Dive provides guided scuba diving tours for certified divers to see the amazing underwater ..

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Wolf Rock, north of Double Island Point and just off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is a beh..

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Kilkivan & Goomeri

Goomeri War Memorial Clock

North Burnett's Goomeri war memorial clock is timelessly quirky, demanding a double-take. No numbers ..

Gympie Region Heritage Trail

Gympie Region Heritage Trail website is packed full of interesting details about the Gympie, Mary Valley,..

Kingaroy to Kilkivan Rail Trail

The Kilkivan to Kingaroy section (KKRT) was officially opened in October 2017 and is an 88 kilometre..

Mudlo National Park

Mudlo National Park, known locally as Mudlo Gap, protects one of the area’s few remaining stand..

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