Gympie Region

The Gympie Regional Council area is located in South-East Queensland, about 160 kilometres North of Brisbane. Gympie has a unique heritage as Queensland’s first gold-mining town, with beautiful valley pastures and untouched coastal landscapes.

The Traditional Owners of the Gympie region are the Gubbi Gubbi (or Kabi Kabi) Aboriginal people. The area is named from the Aboriginal word “gimpi” meaning “stinging tree”.

The Gympie Regional Council area encompasses a total land area of about 6,900km2 and is home to around 50,000 people spread between the main town of Gympie and smaller rural and coastal townships.


Gympie Arts and Culture

Gympie Regional Council has an Arts and Cultural Plan that guides the approach to cultural investment and activity for the Gympie region: 

The Plan focuses on four strategic outcomes:

People  shaping the region’s local culture through the stories, values, creativity, generosity and passion of our residents.

Place  inspiration from our natural environment to provide accessible, active community spaces and facilities. 

Past – our history informs the future and ensures our cultural heritage is valued, shared and protected. 

Possibility – use of creativity to forge opportunities to grow, innovate, plan and achieve.


Other local plans and policy:

Gympie Public Art Management Plan

Gympie Busking Application

Visit Gympie Region 


Gympie Regional Council cultural facilities

Gympie Regional Art Gallery 

Gympie Civic Centre 

Gympie Libraries 

Public Halls and Venues  


History and heritage attractions

Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum 

Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre

The Mary Valley Rattler 

Kilkivan Shire Museum 


Gympie Regional Council delivers programs, support and funding for the local arts and cultural sector including:

Regional Arts Development Fund 

Gympie Arts and Culture Forum

Please refer to the Gympie Regional Council Customer Contact for enquiries


Creative events and cultural tourism

Gympie Music Muster 

Yonder Festival

Jungle Love Festival 

Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival 

Gympie Heritage Trails 

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 

Mary Valley Scarecrow Festival 

Mitchell Creek Rock n Blues Festival 

Mary Valley Art Festival 

Mary River Festival 

Imbil Acoustic Music Festival


Arts and cultural groups

Mary Valley Artslink Inc. 

Creative Arts Gympie

Artisans Gympie Region Inc. 

Cooloola Potters Group 

Imbil Village Artists 

Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee

Cooloola Coast Art Group 

Curra Art Group 

Goomeri Project 

Gympie Theatre Association 

Gympie Performing Arts Collaboration Inc. 

Gympie Writers Group