Celebrating our rich heritage

Gympie’s Gold Rush Festival is a celebration of our history as 'the town that saved Queensland from bankruptcy' when James Nash first discovered gold back in 1867.

The festival from 18-20 October, will include a Gold Rush Parade, Gold Rush Carnival, and a community picnic day.

An exciting change to this year’s program is the Friday evening Gold Rush Parade, which will feature largescale lanterns that will light up the sky.

The 19th century machinery style lanterns, which are being created by local high school students under the tutelage of a professional lantern maker, will pay homage to some of the machinery used in gold mining since 1867. 

The largescale lanterns will be complemented by hundreds of small, LED-lit machinery props, such as cogs and wheels, that will be made and paraded by local primary school students.

The lantern parade will be a visual spectacular leading into an evening of live entertainment, fun and excitement through Gympie’s town centre in Mary Street.

The Gold Rush festivities will continue from 2pm on Saturday, 19 October, with the Gold Rush Carnival day in the Lake Alford and Gold Mining Museum precincts.

Set in the late 1800s, there will be an old ways and wares market and display, 2 stages of live music, vintage games for kids of all ages, a food precinct featuring Indigenous, Chinese and Scottish foods, an old-style bar positioned so patrons can enjoy the antics of the vintage games, rides, as well as a Nashy’s Big Beard Bonanza beard competition.

The Gold Rush Carnival will conclude with a closing ceremony performance incorporating the Gold Rush Parade lanterns, industrial art elements, Indigenous performances, music, fire and fireworks. 

The festival will conclude on Sunday, 20 October, with a community picnic day.


Event program & other information

    Download a copy of the event flyer.
    Be a part of this year's Gympie Gold Rush Festival and support our events team with a wide range of tasks such as registration, marshalling, event set up and pack up, and even bar service! The event team is seeking volunteers during the Gold Rush Festival Parade on Friday evening 18 October from 4-9pm, as well as during the Carnival on Saturday, 19 October from 12noon-10pm. Shifts are between 4-5 hours.

    Read about the role requirements in the Gold Rush Festival Volunteer Role Statement
    Download a copy of Gold Rush Volunteer Application Form
    Download a copy of Gympie Regional Council's Volunteer Handbook

Completed application forms can be emailed to events@gympie.qld.gov.au or hand delivered to staff at the briefing session at 6pm on Wednesday, 16 October 2019.


Gold Rush Festival volunteer briefing session

Find out more about being a volunteer at the Gold Rush Festival at our event briefing on Wednesday, 16 October 2019 at 6:00pm at the Gympie Civic Centre, 32/34 Mellor St, Gympie. You will be able to nominate your preferred roles and times as part of this briefing session. Find out more by calling 1300 307 800.


  • REGISTER YOUR FLOAT FOR THE GOLD RUSH PARADE (Gold Rush Parade, 18 October 2019)
    The 2019 Gold Rush Street Parade pays homage to Gympie’s rich gold rush history and is the perfect chance for community groups, schools, clubs, organisations, individuals and businesses to get involved. The theme for 2019 is ‘Gold Rush Era’ and, given the twilight timing of this year’s parade, is a great chance for entrants to creatively illuminate their float. And there is even $1,000 up for grabs for the best float! The winner will be announced on the night at Centre Stage in Mary Street.
    Media release - It's time to get your Gympie Gold Rush Parade float ready! (16/9/19)
    Register your float here
  • ENTER NASHY'S BIG BEARD BONANZA (Gold Rush Carnival, 19 October 2019)
    Do you have a beard worth celebrating? Want to participate in Nashy's Big Beard Bonanza competition? Find out about the different beard categories and read the competition terms & conditions here. Complete your online entry here.

  • PLAN-YOUR-PICNIC PACK (Gold Rush Picnic Day, 20 October 2019)
    Bring your family, friends and neighbours together to celebrate our region by hosting a picnic in one of our beautiful open spaces. Click here to download your picnic pack so you can host the perfect picnic


Gold Rush Parade


Gold Rush Carnival


Gold Rush Picnic Day