Gympie Visitor Information
Fronting the Coral Sea to the east and forming part of Australia's eastern boundaries, the Gympie Region is a Local Government Area within the Wide Bay - Burnett Region of Queensland, about 153 kilometres north-north-west of Brisbane, the state capital. The LGA is quite sparsely populated with its estimated population of 49,334 residents over a 6,898-square-kilometre area. Among its primary main industries are agriculture, gold mining, and tourism.
As recommended in July 2007 by the Local Government Reform Commission, the Shires of Cooloola and Kilkivan, and parts of the Shire of Tiaro, merged in March 2008 to form the Gympie Region. The Local Government Area derives its name from the Aboriginal word gimpi-gimpi, which means "stinging tree". It comprises the localities of Araluen, Chatsworth, Glanmire, Gympie, Jones Hill, Kybong, Monkland, Southside, Tamaree, The Dawn, Two Mile, Veteran, and Victory Heights.
With the town of Gympie as Council Seat, the Gympie Region is represented in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland by the Electoral Districts of Callide, Gympie, and Maryborough, as well as by the Federal Division of Side Bay in the Australian House of Representatives. It is bordered by the Local Government Areas of Fraser Coast, North Burnett, Somerset, South Burnett, and Sunshine Coast.
The Gympie Region features a mixture of rural and urban ambiance thanks to its cultural, historical, and natural heritage. This combination has resulted in a number of attractions for residents and visitors alike to enjoy. Notable sites in the Local Government Area include Banyanda Alpaca Feeding and Wool Shop, Cooloola Rocks and Minerals, Deep Creek Fossicking Area, Flinders Discovery Centre, Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum, Gympie Regional Gallery, Gympie South Country Markets, Mothar Mountain Rock Pools, Valley Rattler Steam Train, and Woodworks Forestry and Timber Museum.