On entering Gympie on the Bruce Highway coming from Brisbane, you should stop at the Tourist Information Centre located on the R/H side of the road.
Plenty of good information, and FREE MAPS & BROCHURES, plus clean Free Toilets.
Next to the Info Centre is Lake Alford Park, a very pleasant area to stop perhaps for a Lunch break, or just a break from driving. It is lawned, has fountains in the lake, and plenty of different Bird life in the surrounding Tree's.
The park has BBQ's and picnic table & chairs, and a good children's playground.
Also at the entrance to the park, is the GOLDMINER'S MONUMENT, commemorating the gold miners who 'saved Queensland'.
Check out the school house room at the gold mining museum - for those of us fascinated by Australia's long-distance radio-schools, it's a real treat. There's even a sign up on the wall listing rules for teacher conduct during Gympie's earlier years. Some gems include:
"Female teachers are forbidden to marry or conduct any other such lewd activities." and "Male teachers may be dismissed for lewd activities such as drinking, smoking or having their hair cut in barber shops." !!
At the Gold Mining Museum, displays covering the gold rush days are mingled with exhibits such as the Lighthorse Museum, and Andrew Fisher House, to provide an outstanding range of cultural as well as historical exhibits.
Another splendid piece of architecture that has been lovingly restored to it's former glory. I haven't been able to find out the history of this building, but it is currently being occupied by the Toyota Muster Organization.
Beautifully restored buildings from the Gold Rush Era add a lot of character to this charming Town.. The Town Hall is just one of the many such buildings, that have that 'days gone by' beauty about them.
The city’s heart is Mary Street, a fantastic blend of shopping, heritage and nearby parkland that combines the activity of a regional centre with the relaxed, carefree experience of a holiday. Take a heritage walk past traditional shopfronts as well as excellent examples of 19th Century architecture.
The Gallery is housed in the historic School of Arts building on Nash Street and continues to display a variety of both local and touring exhibitions of high quality...
The Gallery is conveniently located in the heart of the city.
Park in the McDonald's carpark facing away from Bruce Highway.
Just on dusk, you'll see the flying foxes as they become active. They congregate in the trees behind Maccas and may even fly over the carpark as they set out for the night.