Museums, History and Heritage

Gympie Region Heritage Trails

The Gympie Region Heritage Trails bring the history of the Gympie region to life. Follow the trail and learn the stories behind the buildings, parks and bridges of the region. Get to know the people, places, and events that have made the region what it is today. There are 34 places of interest on the trail across Gympie, Mary Valley, Cooloola Coast, Goomeri and Kilkivan.

Each location along the trail has a number to help you find your way from one location to another. There are silver signs on the front of each site with a story about its history. If you have a smart phone, there are QR codes which take you straight to the website. The numbers and locations on the website link you to Google Maps and the trails brochure.

The website is full of interesting facts about the region. Click here to find out more.

Click here for maps to heritage trails in Gympie, Goomeri, and Kilkivan.

The Mary Valley Rattler

  • Historic Gympie Station, Tozer Street Gympie.
  • Open 7 days
  • The Mary Valley Rattler departs 10am Wednesday to Sunday
  • (07) 5482 2750

The Mary Valley Rattler, located at Historic Gympie Station,  is one of Queensland’s most iconic heritage experiences, capturing the Gympie region’s rich history while offering visitors a contemporary tourism attraction and the beauty of the spectacular Mary Valley landscape.

Click here for more information

The Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum

Discover the history of the ‘town that saved Queensland’ at the Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum and the extraordinary collection of artefacts, memorabilia and machinery from the gold mining era to today.

Click here for more information

The Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre

The Woodworks Museum and Interpretive Centre features exhibits on the history of forestry and the timber industry in the region as well as live demonstrations.

Click here for more information

The Gympie Bone Museum

Arts and science unite to become Australia’s first and only museum dedicated to bones and skeletons. Now located at the Gympie Woodworkers Museum and Interpretive Centre, come and see what you’ll look like later!

Click here for more information

Gympie Family History Society Inc.

Founded in 1980, the Gympie Family History Society started with a small group of members and is now a well-resourced organisation with a large library of reference materials and research facilities. The Society enjoys a good working relationship with the Gympie Library’s Local History section and is supported by the Gympie Regional Council.

Click here for more information

Kilkivan Museum & Information Centre

  • 12 Bligh St, Kilkivan
  • Ph: 07 5484 1612
  • Open Tuesday to Friday 10am – 3pm

The Museum has been operating for nearly 50 years and houses in excess of 22,000 items of local significance, including photographs and documents relating to mining, forestry, and dairying, and town, school and family histories of Goomeri, Kilkivan, Widgee and Woolooga.

The Museum also houses a magnificent mineral collection of approximately 5,000 specimens. This mineral collection was a lifetime achievement of Paul Stumm, who was a descendant of the Stumm family who had a connection to the original “Gympie Times”.  Our volunteers are also available to carry out research into family history.

Click here for more information

Other Resources

You can also find more ways to learn about Gympie’s rich history by visiting the Local History page on our website or discover an amazing range of resources by visiting the Local History Room at Gympie Regional Library. 

In this section