Gympie: why it is hot and cool

The Sunshine Coast is an exceptional part of Australia. The work life balance is unparalleled with access to a multitude of stunning beaches, plus all the boating and fishing that comes with it.

Situated 160km north of Brisbane Airport, Gympie sits on the Mary River. It is just a 40-minute drive to Tin Can Bay and is just 30 minutes to Noosa. On the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island, the region is also home to national parks, state forests, and the subtropical climate is perfect for enjoying the Great Outdoors.

It is now widely accepted that Gympie, officially named in 1868, is a local Aboriginal word – “gimpi gimpi” – for a stinging tree. There was a time prior to 1868 when the town was known as Nashville after James Nash who discovered gold and “saved Queensland”.

Today Gympie is a town of just over 20,000; the wider region is home to 50,000. That’s big enough to have amazing running, cycling and horse riding trials and small enough that you are around ten minutes from almost everything you need.

It is a charming spot famous for its goldfields and a quiet, safe, peaceful place to live. Gympie offers an enviable lifestyle with a great work life balance; it’s an idylic place to raise a family or retire to.


There are numerous schools both public and private, as well as a campus of the Wide Bay Institute of TAFE. The University of the Sunshine Coast also has a Gympie campus. There is a small local airport just south of Gympie, and there are local rail services on your doorstep. The Bruce Highway provides road connection to other major Queensland centres.

Gympie area attractions:

▪Valley Rattler Steam Train

▪ Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum

▪ Mary Valley

▪ Mothar Mountain Speedway

▪ Beaches (like Rainbow Beach)

▪ Tin Can Bay and dolphins
▪ Fraser Island

▪ Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival

▪ Woondum National Park

▪ Gympie Music Muster

▪ MX Farm Queensland (Motorcross Park)


The Queensland property market has seen remarkable growth. Homecorp has chosen Gympie as a development location and is releasing The Outlook Stage 5 house and land packages.

If Gympie sounds like the place you’d like to call home, take a look at The Outlook or reach out to the team at Homecorp today.