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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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, GympieThe Town Hall, Located at 2...more
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...more
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...more
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 MuseumOPEN DAILY.....9...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
RSL Clubs around Australia offer good meals, and the Gympie one was no exception!For us, this was another return visit.We came for Sunday lunch and were surprised to find it fairly empty, perhaps later, more people would come. We were given a Menu and could also choose from the Blackboard.Both of us chose Roast Lamb, and a good option, was the...more
We were expecting a little cafe selling cans of drink and chips but were pleasantly surprised by all the home made sweets, pies and sausage rolls as well as many choices of drinks and some pre packaged foods. We could buy virtually anything we desired for the trip on the train and the stop at the other end. The service was very friendly and the...more
An unexpected delight, especially at a roadhouse. The setting, food and service would be something you'd expect from a city cafe strip.A warm, upmarket cosmo feel to this place. You can sit at the cafe style chairs out the front, inside or under the pergola in a mini rainforest setting.The coffee is spot on, no matter what you order and their...more
This was the village at the far end of our half day train tour. A very cute little village set in the scenic Mary Valley. In reality it was probably only about a 15 min drive from Gympie but the hour train trip was much more interesting.
They had a little market happening when we arrived and also horse drawn carriage rides.
We just wandered around and enjoyed the surrounds before hoping back on the train.
We thought it would be a really nice place to live. Had such a relaxed feel.