Gympie

If you're looking for some warm country hospitality you'll find it in Gympie - the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola region.

With a rich mining history, the town was founded in 1867 after prospector James Nash discovered gold at the site now occupied by the town hall. Back then Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to the drought and a fall in wool prices. Nash's discovery and the gold rush that followed resulted in Gympie gaining a reputation as the 'Town that Saved Queensland'.

These days Gympie is a popular place for travellers to stop for a cup of tea. There are a range of heritage walks in the area and it's also a handy overnight stop for those heading to Fraser Island.

Gympie is 160 kilometres, or about two and a half hours' drive north of Brisbane.

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Gympie, Gympie Area
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Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
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Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic.

Noosa Everglades

Como, Noosa Area
The Noosa Everglades are one of only two Everglades in the world. For the ultimate in serene tranquility, the area is best explored on an eco-cruise or in a kayak. Marvel at the reflections of the flora on the banks of the water that appear like a mirage.

Woondum National Park

Gympie, Gympie Area
Woondum National Park is a popular retreat in which tall, wet eucalypt forest and subtropical rainforest surround rocky creeks. Parts of the national park are regenerating after being logged as recently as the late 1990s.

Lake Wabby

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
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Lake Wabby is relatively close to the ocean side of Fraser Island and unlike the other lakes, it supports several varieties of fish. It is known as both a window lake and a barrage lake. Window lakes form when the ground level falls below the water table.

Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
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In Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park you can experience the majesty of nature's sculpture in sand. Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water.

Double Island Point

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
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You could say that Double Island Point is one of the Sunshine Coast's best kept secrets. Whether you're looking for a quiet place to camp for a few nights, or the ideal spot to catch some waves with your mates - Double Island Point will not disappoint.

Jew Shoal Dive Site

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
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Jew Shoal is one of Noosa's top attractions, situated in the beautiful Laguna Bay. It is a large reef system of ridges, canyons, bommies, and an impressive solitary 11 metre pinnacle. The Caves dive site has rugged rocky outcrops and swimthroughs, with gutters covered in colourful hard and soft corals, and reef fish including angelfish, butterflyfish, surgeonfish, globefish, rabbitfish, soapfish, morwong, sweetlip and bream.

Lake McKenzie

Fraser Island, Fraser Coast Area
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There are many different aspects to Fraser Island, but the awe-inspiring beauty of Lake McKenzie makes it probably the most visited natural site on the island. It is a ‘perched’ lake, which means it contains only rainwater, no groundwater, is not fed by streams and does not flow to the ocean.

Boreen Point

Boreen Point, Noosa Area
Boreen Point is a relaxed village on the shores of lovely Lake Cootharaba. The largest lake of the Noosa River system, Cootharaba is the gateway to the upper Noosa River, the Noosa Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park.

River Heads

Hervey Bay, Fraser Coast Area
Located 15 minutes from Hervey Bay, River Heads is a major departure point for vehicles and walk on passengers to Fraser Island and has magnificent views of Fraser Island, the Great Sandy Strait and the Mary River estuary.
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