Things To Do In The Gympie Region
MARY VALLEYStay in a B&B or try bush camping – the Mary Valley has a number of cosy B&B’s and bush camping at Amamoor State Forest, with campsites located in either a rainforest or open forest setting. A camping permit is required.
Horse ride, mountain bike or hike the trail network – you are spoilt for choice with a number of trails in the Mary Valley, an adventure playground.
Kayak or canoe the Mary River or Yabba Creek – offering tranquil waters or gentle rapids. Kayak tours are available on the picturesque Yabba Creek, paddling to some secret haunts of the elusive Platypus.
Wander the weekly markets – Dagun Growers Market Sat PM or the Imbil Country Markets Sunday AM offer a wonderful selection of locally grown produce, plants, preserves, handmade breads & hand crafts.
Discover the scenic drives that link back to the Sunshine Coast – take a leisurely drive through the beautiful undulating landscapes of the Mary Valley to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
GYMPIEMothar Mountain rockpools – only a 15 minute drive from Gympie located in the subtropical Wondum State Forest. These crystal clear rock pools are a great place to submerge yourself on a hot summer’s day. Picnic and BBQ facilities are available.
Pan for gold in Deep Creek – a designated fossicking area in Gympie. Grab a pan and shovel and try your luck with this great family activity. Fossicking licence and equipment hire are available at the Lake Alford Visitor Information Centre.
Gympie Regional Gallery – an inspiring cultural attraction, Gympie’s Regional Art Gallery is housed in the beautiful School of Arts Building, circa 1905. The Gallery celebrates local artists and hosts high quality touring exhibitions.
Heritage Trail or Museums – immerse yourself in history by following the Gympie Regional Heritage Trail comprising historic architecture and structures.
Visit the Gold Mining or Woodworks Museum which provide a fascinating insight into the important role of the forestry and gold mining industries in the late 1800’s.
And visit the Owens Gun Museum which houses in excess of 3000 firearms and military memorabilia from yester years, this museum is the largest in the Southern Hemisphere.
KILKIVAN & GOOMERIIndulge in local food and wine – with a variety of dining options, whether it be gourmet cheese, locally grown produce, boutique wines or award winning pies there is sure to be something to tempt your tastebuds.
Picnic at Kinbombi Falls – a popular retreat, with picnic and BBQ facilities and a deep natural swimming pool.
Take in the amazing views from Mudlo Gap – 8.5 kilometres north of Kilkivan, a popular dry rainforest with giant figs. The walking track is wheelchair accessible.
Kilkivan & District Historical Museum – Step back in time at the Kilkivan Museum. Wander through extensive displays which pay tribute to the regions early pioneers. The Tourist Information Centre is also located in the same building.
RAINBOW BEACHCamp at Inskip Point – a much loved family retreat popular all year round and just a few kilometres from the village of Rainbow Beach. Miles of sandy beaches with spectacular views and wonderful sunsets. Camping permit required.
Beach fishing – one of the great attractions of Rainbow Beach and the Cooloola Coast with nearly 100 km of beach to fish from. Beach fishing yields Dart, Whiting, Flathead, Bream and Tailor to name a few.
4WD or hike along the beach to the lighthouse at Double Island Point – enjoy spectacular scenery as you 4WD along the stunning Great Beach Drive. Operating since 1884 walk the Old Telephone Track along the cliff tops from Rainbow Beach to Double Island Point and return via the beach.
Scuba dive at Wolf Rock – rated as one of Australia’s top dive spots, excellent for multi-level scuba diving. Spot an amazing array of fish including Trevally, Grey Nurse Sharks, Groper and Manta Ray and Turtles.
Kayak with Dolphins and Whales or learn to surf – a must for anyone looking for a lifetime experience with the wild. A gentle paddle around Double Island Point gives you a chance to paddle alongside Dolphins, Turtles, Mantra Rays and during June – October the sighting of Whales on their annual migration.
Horseriding on Rainbow Beach – Experience the pristine beauty of Rainbow Beach on horseback. Indulge yourself in this unique experience for a couple of hours while taking in the amazing views. No horse riding experience necessary.
TIN CAN BAYHand feed Dolphins – Tin Can Bay is one of the few places in Australia where the rare Indo Pacific Humpback Dolphins can be hand fed in their natural environment. Feeding of the Dolphins occurs each morning around 7.30am at Norman Point.
Hire a houseboat, tinny or kayak – meander through the Great Sandy Strait and discover the unspolit beauty of this unique marine park that extends from Tin Can Bay in the south to Kingfisher Bay in the north, spanning over 350 square kilometres of natural waterways.
Wander through the village of Tin Can Bay along the foreshore – not only is Tin Can Bay known throughout Australia as one of the most charming villages on the South East Queensland coastline, but their foreshore continues to gather praise for it’s wealth of natural beauty. Walk, jog or cycle along the 4 kilometre esplanade along the foreshore.
Spot some of the 130 different species of birdlife – Tin Can Bay foreshore provides a range of habitats for an excellent birding experience. A pair of binoculars and a good field guide of Australian birds will no doubt enhance your foreshore walk.
Fishing Charters to Fraser Island – whether it is a deep sea fishing charter catching Red Emperor, Snapper, Sweet Lip or a half day tour for inshore fishing catching Mangrove Jack, Flathead, Bream, Whiting etc you won’t be disappointed with your catch.