The Gympie region is a place of natural beauty. We have stunning landscapes, breathtaking coastlines, majestic forests and abundant wildlife.
Only 2 hours north of Brisbane and 1 hour from the Sunshine Coast Airport, we are well-positioned for locals and tourists.
Our region has a booming visitor economy, with a strong domestic drive market. We are also part of Australia’s Nature Coast.
The Gympie region also has a lot to offer our visitors in the wellness, domestic education, and sporting sectors.
Our natural resources and wide open spaces offer investors and developers a range of benefits:
- Stunning, low density backdrops and land availability
- Close to major population bases and airports
- Temperate climate, low rainfall and warm winters
- Strong occupancy rates and forward bookings
- Very competitive land and business costs
- Improved road, rail and transport links
- Skilled, stable workforce
- Free activities to add value to accommodation offers
- Few paid tourism experiences
- Burgeoning cycling and mountain biking destination
- Existing experiences with capacity for growth
- Strong major events and festivals portfolio
- International alumni and PHD research opportunities (Great Sandy Biosphere, Ramsar Wetlands)
- A welcoming “open for business” council ready to convert your interest into investment.
- Accommodation with dining and wellness options.
- Beach and bush adventure and soft-adventure experiences where nature and wildlife are the hero.
- Improve and grow existing iconic tourism experiences.
- Hotel, dining and conference facilities for conferences, sporting and wedding markets.
- First nation cultural centre, cultural experiences and events.
- Evening and night time touring, for example – ghost tours, horse riding on the beach, dark sky and star gazing opportunities.
- Breweries, micro-breweries, wineries.
- Walking and cycling tours – nature, heritage, scenic (utilising existing trail networks).
- Natural events and festivals – mountain biking, cycling, triathlon, ironman.
- PHD and alumni tours, research facilities and accommodation.
- Our visitor economy is worth around $116.2M each year and growing. Domestic tourism attracts more than 520,000 visitors and accounts for 90 per cent of all visits here.
- On average, overnight visitors stay for three nights and 56 per cent of visitors are here for holiday purposes.
- International markets account for 51,000 visitors. Growth in our overnight stays is outperforming the Queensland average with around 210,000 overnight stays.
- International visitors stay for 3.5 nights and seventy-four per cent of all international visits are for holiday purposes.
- We attract 759,541 day-trippers each year.
- Travellers seek off-the-beaten-track destinations with open spaces away from crowds and over-tourism.
- Active, healthy holidays such as hike and bike tours, particularly challenges and achievements.
- Locally grown food and market experience.
- Australians experiencing Australia.
- Sustainable, conscious travel, with a focus on the environment.
- Real stories from real locals add real value to a travellers’ experience.
- Rainbow Beach
- Native wildlife – platypus, dugong, punk turtle, dolphins, dingoes
- Great Beach Drive (sand highway)
- Historical Gympie City
- Great Cooloola Walk
- Carlo Sand Blow
- Surfing and water sports
- Coloured sands
- Heritage steam train
- Great Australian Rail Trails (cycling and trail network)
- Farm trails and produce markets
- Closest gateway to world-famous K’gari (Fraser Island)