We stopped at Alford Park, then went around to the Gold mining museum which was located on the other side of the park.
The Museum is entered through the Cafe/Souvenir shop.
On paying our admission, we were given a brochure of the Village, so off we went following the said route. The Museum site covers 5 hectares containing over 30 display areas, and houses over 100years of history.
The first building housed memorabilia from the early gold mining era around Gympie. It was interesting to see the photo of the huge "Tent village" when gold fever was at its peak.
The site of the Museum is that of the former No2 South Great Eastern Mine. Inside, was an operational authentic steam engine, air compressor and generator reconstructed on the original footings, I think all the men would be interested in this area.
There was a gem display, history on The 5th Light Horse Regimental Military Museum which included Military equipment and memorabilia of families from Gympie that went to war, an original old Jail House from the Gympie area, Railway station, communication equipment, and more!
We spent about 1.5hours wandering around here.
ADMISSION IN 2013 is........$10 Adults
HOURS.....Open 7 days a week from 9 - 4pm daily
For those of you who love Steam engines and things to do with steam, then head to the Museum for the ULTIMATE STEAM FESTIVAL.
You will be able to see the
"106 year old Walkers Cornish Boiler, believed to be the only such boiler operating in Australia. The steam produced will power the 1899 Walker Winding Engine, a circa 1907 Thompson Air compresor and a Hindley powered 110V Dc generator, all on the original footings of the No 2 South Great Eastern Mine."
There will be many other working exhibits.
This is held the Labour Day weekend in October.
Museum Half Price Entry Fees for the Steam Festival Event are:
Adults $5, Concession $3.50, Students $2.50, Family $12.50.
Check the website for details on next years festival
On Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays the Mary Valley Heritage Railway offers a few different rail trips on a great old Steam Train called 'The Valley Rattler'. We went on a Saturday morning and departed Old Gympie Station at 9.30 and returned there just after noon. Everything from getting our tickets to the cafe and souvenier shop not to mention the trip itself and the gorgeous little stops along the way were just fabulous. The people on the train were so professional and made it a great day out. Even the locals along the rail line were waving off their verandahs as we went past.
In our party we had nearly 80 year olds all the way down to a 3 year old and we all loved it.
We stopped to turn around (and I mean they put the locomotive on this cool turn table and literally turned it around) at Amamoor this cute little village complete with General store and markets as well as horse rides.
The Old Gympie Station itself is worth a look even if you only go to wave off the train. It has a model train set up that is awesome and a great little cafe.
I could go on all day but if you get a chance definitely take the trip.
Adults $20 for the return trip
Children $10 (although one child per adult is free I think - do check this)
Make sure you pre book.
If you have a little Thomas the Tank fan but not enough time (or maybe money) to do the train trips they will be pretty excited just to see the 'Valley Rattler' depart from Old Gympie Station.
There is a model train set up which you can watch for free (alhtough there is a donation box there). We could have watched it alone for over an hour. It was very well done.
I must admit, that before visiting the Goldmining Museum, I had never heard of the Gympie Ape.
It is a stone Ape, now located behind glass in the 1st Museum. It is said, the iron stone squatting ape figure, may be 3000 years old.
There are several views of who this ancient stone represents.
One idea is...........
It may be a statue of the Egyptian God Horus, who was often portrayed as an ape or baboon.
Another idea is......
It is Thoth, the God of Writing and Knowledge of ancient Egypt in Ape form. Carved between the squatting legs is a hieroglyph of the papyrus flower – Thoth’s symbol as the God of Writing, and at the back, several weathered hieroglyphs, believed to be mixed Egypto-Phoenician script.
Thoth, has been depicted as an ape prior to around 1000 BC.
I wonder which one is correct?
The statue was unearthed in 1966 on Mr. Dal K. Berrys Wolvi Rd property.
Gympie has many nice parks.
The Memorial Park is located one street away from Mary Street. We walked through the area where the Anzac Murals were to the Park.
The park has nice gardens and Toilets are located here.
Of interest, is the old Band Rotunda which was being restored. It was constructed in 1920 in federation style.
The Normanby Remembrance park was beautifully set out, so that it is a nice to visit at any time of the year.
Of course, for Australian's, Anzac Day is terribly important to every Australian, not only for Returned Services men & women, but also for the average Australia, man, woman or child. It is a chance to remember what has been done for us [Australian's] in the past so that we can enjoy the freedom we have.
Anzac day services are held here on the 25th of April.
Heading back to Noosa from Gympie, we followed the Old Noosa Road instead of the highway so we could visit the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools.
The rock pools are located in State Forest, located right beside the road. We were here in Winter, and the car park was full, so I imagine in Summer there would be lots of people here.
They are really pretty with lovely clear water where I could easily see the bottom. Water was running over smooth granite boulders into each pool. I went for a walk, and I rock hopped over the pools and streams, it was good fun, and one children would enjoy under supervision.
The pools are not deep enough for diving, and you would have to be careful after rain.
I thought it was a lovely area for a Picnic, there were Picnic tables, barbecues, firewood, water and toilets all provided. Lace monitors were interested in somebody's bbq, they will steal the meat if they can! Remember, NOT TO FEED THEM.
It is just a short15 minute drive from Gympie.
Camping is not allowed in the forest.
It has been quite a few years that we did this Train trip, but I can tell you, it was one that we both enjoyed.
Mary Valley Rattler is the name of the STEAM TRAIN, that runs on heritage tours every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday.
BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL, as this is very popular!
The [DAGAN] Gympie Railway Station [photo] that we departed from, is historic, and was built in 1913.
Starting from Gympie, we passed through the town, to Monkland, across the Mary river into the scenic Mary river valley where we saw Pineapples, Macadamia plantations, Dairy farms, cattle along the way. This area of the journey is lovely and scenic.
The Train stoped at Stations of little towns along the way, Dagan, (on the way back for wine & cheese tasting ) Amamoor, Kandanga (markets and stalls on Sundays) and finally Imbil, the turn around point.
At Imbil, we all got off. I headed to the small market, then went and bought lunch from the local Cafe.
We had plenty of time to wander around the town before heading back to Gympie.
The trip length is 80ks. You may see Kangaroos, we did.
On every 3rd Sunday of the month, BUSHRANGERS HOLD UP THE TRAIN!.
There are also themed Train trips, look up the website for more information on the Train
and the "Red Rocket" Heritage Railmotor operates every Tuesday morning.
A full day Steam tour on a Sunday/Wednesday is ....
[2010 PRICES] $47 Adults & $23.50 children.
Half day tours....$32 & $8
DEPARTS FROM DAGAN STATION ....GYMPIE......
10am and returning at 4pm
You don't have to be a Train Buff to enjoy this journey.
Whilst walking down Mary Street, we came across some Memorial Gates which were a tribute to the Men & Women who served in the Boer War.
Walking through the gates, we found the walls on both sides had been filled with Murals about the different wars. It was really interesting, as by each, there was a plaque with all the details about that particular Mural.
There were "Women In War"....."The cost of War".....this was how many Australian's lost their lives in each War...."What wars & peace-keeping Australia has been employed in"....."2nd World War"....."The Great War"....AND......"Colonial Conflicts."
THEY were very well done, and we took some time reading about the Wars & Peace Keeping our Australian Troop's have been to.
My 1st photo is of the Heritage listed St. Patrick's Church at Gympie.
Unfortunately, Churches in Australia do not leave their doors open very often, so to see inside, you need to come when a service is being held.
St Patrick's Church was built between 1883-87 and is a lovely sandstone building built in the Gothic revival style. On July 17, 1887, St Patrick's Church was opened by Rev. Robert Dunne who had become the first Archbishop of Queensland. The church cost 10,000 pounds, and when it was officialy opened, people "paid" to attend. If you do manage to see inside, there is a marble altar,and stained glass windows. There is a timber framed bell tower on the lawns.
Mass is held......Saturday 6.00 pm, Sunday 9.00 am
Photo 2, is of the Surface Hill Uniting church that was built in 1890.
Located at Channon Street, Gympie
I thought the Gympie court house was a very impressive building.
It was constructed between 1900 and 1902, and is a brick with a clock tower by the front entrance, this can be seen from all over Gympie.
It is the third court house constructed in Gympie.
Located on a ridge at the corner of Channon and King Streets, Gympie
The Town Hall, Located at 2 Caledonian Street, and built in 1890, is another lovely building.
Continuing on our walk and another impressive building....
Photo 1........ Was built in 1888 for the Australian Joint Stock Bank, and was used as the Gympie stock exchange from 1893 to 1923.
Photo's 2&3 ......Are of what was once the Bank of New South Wales, built in 1890, and is now used as the Cooloola Shire Council Offices.
Photo 4....Has only recently been restored. It was the Queensland National bank, and was built in 1877. It still has its original brick fireplaces and chimneys.
Photo 5....I can't find out about it, but I love the old lace verandah's
Gympie is full of interesting heritage buildings because of the gold rush days. I noticed that a lot of them were either being or had been restored, and were looked resplendent with their new coats of paint.
THE main street [Mary Street] has many of them, so join me for a walk, and I will tell you about some that I have taken photo's of.
Photo's 1&2 are of the Royal bank of Queensland which was established in 1892, and used as a Bank until 1979. It is now the headquarter's of The Gympie Country Music Muster.
Photo 3 is at 210 Mary Street, and is Victoria House, built in 1868.
Photo's 4&5 are at 216 /218 Mary street, and were built in the 1880's. These were interesting, as they had quite detailed ornamentation of that period.
Like collecting dolls from all over the World?
When I was at the Gympie Goldmining Museum, one of the old homes had quite a big display of Dolls from many different countries. They ranged from small to very large. I thought the collection was quite good, and little girl's would surely love it!
LOCATION.....Gympie Gold & Mining Museum
OPEN DAILY.....9 - 4 pm daily
This Cottage, consisting of four rooms with a front and side veranda, is also located in the Goldmining Museum grounds.
Andrew Fisher House is a typical miner’s cottage of the early goldfield era.
It was the birthplace in 1874 of Margaret Jane Irvine, who became Andrew Fisher's wife.
After their marriage on 31st January 1901, the Fisher's lived in the cottage until they needed to live in Melbourne.
Andrew Fisher was Australia's 1st Labour Prime Minister, and was three time's Prime Minister of Australia [1908-09, 1910-13 & 1914-15], and was the 1st Prime Minister to come from Queensland.
He is remembered for his famous declaration of Australia defending the British Empire to her 'last man and last shilling!"