What to see and do in Gympie

The Gympie region is only ninety minutes from Brisbane and near some of Queensland’s best attractions including the Sunshine Coast and K’Gari, Fraser Island.

Within its own borders, the Gympie region has plenty to offer. The township of Gympie itself is packed with history, much of it on display at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum. Visitors can enjoy guided tours and learn how Gympie became the town that saved Queensland.

Keen history buffs can also uncover Gympie’s heritage and history on self-guided walks. Maps are available from the local visitor information centre and walkers can also learn more by using their smartphones and scanning QR codes scattered about town.

Another kind of trail is Gympie’s River to Rail Trail. It’s a great way to enjoy the beauty of the Mary River on foot, bike or watercraft.

A terrific place to base yourself whilst enjoying Gympie is Valli Vu, a stunning B&B with amazing views of the Mary Valley.

Gympie’s western villages are filled with treasures, like the Kilkivan Country Bed and Breakfast. It offers guests an authentic, and very elegant, country experience.

The B&B has proved popular for weekend getaways, as well as being a convenient stopover for travellers enjoying the Bicentennial National Trail. Nearby is another property that’s popular with visitors, Creekbend. It’s a beautifully self-contained, 4-bedroom house with lovely views of the countryside and Wide Bay Creek. Both properties provide the perfect base for exploring the region…

Guests in Kilkivan often embark on the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail Trail. It’s 89 kilometres and cyclists can complete it over several days or just enjoy shorter day rides. Out There Cycling is a local business that provides bicycles and other cycling gear and will also arrange pick up and drop off to make exploring the trail super easy.

The town of Goomeri is another jewel in the Gympie region’s crown. It’s home to the Goomeri Bakery, famous for its French pastries. Joe’s Grand Hotel sits right across the street and offers accommodation and a terrific bar and bistro.

Another great accommodation near Goomeri is the Goomeri Caravan and Bush Camp. It offers 300 acres of space for campers and caravanners, great amenities, plenty of activities for the whole family and damper nights every Friday.

Back in Gympie, foodies are spoilt for choice. For café lovers, you can’t beat Soma SoMa SoMa Espresso. It’s just across from Gympie heritage train station and offers an all-day breakfast menu and a very hip, casual vibe.

In Gympie’s old Commercial Hotel, you’ll now find the Bunker Smokehouse and Bar. They’re all about classic American style BBQ food; meat slow-cooked in giant reverse flow smokers, as well as craft beers and excellent cocktails. Hard to beat!

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