Gympie Region

The Gympie Regional Council local government area is located in south-east Queensland, approximately 160 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD.

Gympie has a unique heritage, beautiful valley pastures and untouched coastal landscapes. 

The Gympie Regional Council local government area is located on the traditional lands of the Gubbi Gubbi (or Kabi Kabi), Wakka Wakka and Butchulla first nations people. The area is named from the Aboriginal word “gimpi-gimpi” meaning “stinging tree”.

The region encompasses a total land area of 6,900 square kilometres and is home to approximately 51,054 people spread between the main town of Gympie and smaller rural and coastal townships.

The area boasts a rich history as Queensland’s first gold mining town, with many heritage-listed buildings and attractions still visible throughout the region today. Gympie’s outer-lying areas of Kilkivan, Goomeri to the west. The towns of Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil in the Mary Valley showcase the stunning Mary River, home to many unique and endangered species. The towns of Cooloola Cove, Tin Can Bay and Rainbow Beach to the east offer kilometres of pristine white sandy beaches.


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

Gympie Tourism Plan 


Gympie Regional Council offers a range of cultural facilities including:

Gympie Regional Art Gallery 

Gympie Civic Centre 

Gympie Libraries 

Public Halls and Venues  


History and heritage attractions include:

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


Key people and groups:

Mary Valley Artslink Inc. 

CoolArts Gympie Inc. 

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