Gympie is most famous for its gold field and perhaps for a one time total of 72 pubs in the high street during the gold rush era. The township still celebrates Gympie Gold Rush Festival and holds 10 days of cultural events annually in October. Memorabilia of the gold rush days are housed at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum.
The scenic Mary Valley is a favourite with tourists and locals alike and invites those who enjoy outdoor activities. There is camping, canoeing, 4 wheel driving, horse riding, quaint B&B’s, and farm-stays for the traveller. The Mary Valley tourist drive will wind you through the smaller townships of Dagun and Kandanga where you can taste delicious local goodies, including organic wines and cheeses.
Historical old Gympie town is a major servicing and business hub for the outer region and has many schools reflecting its importance to the area. With so much local produce in abundance, including a wide range of seasonal fruit, vegetables, red claw and crayfish, and export quality beef amongst the pastures, its not surprising it is also home to many high end, value adding processors and distributors.
Gympie hosts the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival in March. Five days of fun, the festival is an attraction for budding producers and directors, showcasing documentaries, parties, seminars and an award ceremony.