Gympie is the administrative, commercial and cultural centre of the Cooloola region. It was once called the ‘Town that saved Queensland’ after prospector James Nash discovered gold in the area in 1867, immediately changing the fortunes of the severely economically depressed fledgling colony that had separated from New South Wales only eight years previously.
In 1868 Gympie was named after a stinging tree the local Aboriginal people called “gimpi-gimpi”. Thousands flocked to the gold fields and by 1880 it was proclaimed a municipality, a town a decade later and a city in the early 1900s. Gold mining ceased in 1925 but the rich soil continued to carry Gympie’s economic base through the varied agricultural industries, which continue to this day.
Gympie enjoys near perfect weather - average summer temperatures range from 19C to 31C, and from 7C to a comfortable 22C degrees in winter.
When it’s time to play or for a change of scene, the Sunshine Coast and bustling tourist centre of Noosa on the sea are just 40 minutes away and World Heritage Fraser Island one hour from the boat launch nearest Crest Estate. The Tilt Train provides daily services to Brisbane and the “big smoke”.
Gympie is at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. It is only 40 minutes to the fine dining and beaches of Noosa.
The economic impact, shortened drive time and safe driving experience between Gympie and Brisbane are now just only a year away.
Already, businesses are positioning themselves with strategic investments.
The 4 lane divided highway corridor which will stretch from Brisbane to Gympie will be complete in 2016. It is a massive infrastructure investment and provides an unbelievable economic stimulus to Gympie.
Housing affordability and the establishment of many and varied businesses in the region has provided the stimulus for strong population growth in Gympie. Currently the immediate area has a population of around 50,000 and enjoys an annual growth rate of 2.5% which is higher than the Queensland average. To accommodate this population growth, it is forecast a further 5,444 new homes need to be built over the next 15 years.
It is home to major companies, including Nestle Australia Ltd, Nolan Meats, Laminex Industries, and Carter Holt Harvey. The timber industry is the largest in Queensland, producing much of the State’s pulp wood production and around a quarter of its hardwood timbers.
Other local industries include mining, engineering, construction, retail and commercial and tourism.
The star event on the annual calendar is the Gympie Music Muster, Australia’s largest charitable camping and music event. It attracts a stellar line-up of artists and thousands of country, rock and roots fans over six days each August to the Amamoor Creek State Forest Park for the annual celebration of all things musical. The event is the fundraiser for the Rural Aid Appeal, which selects a major charity as beneficiary each year.