Gympie, a rural city in the Mary River Valley, is 150 km north of central Brisbane. A gold rush from the late 1860s brought rapid growth and grand buildings in what soon proved to be a flood-prone main street. Fine mansions sprouted on the flood-free hill tops, but the lower part of the main street is still inundated from time to time. Gympie was the administrative seat of the Cooloola Shire and continues that role with the Gympie Regional Council.

Further Reading: 

Cooloola Shire ... a golden past, Gympie, Cooloola Shire Council, 2001

R.H. Donald, Gympie: a golden past, a golden future, Gympie, 1976

Hector Holthouse, Gympie gold, Sydney, Angus & Robertson, 1973

W.E. Mulholland, The town that saved Queensland, Brisbane, National Trust, 1983

Souvenir of Gympie's centenary, Gympie Centenary Committee, 1967

Cooloola and Widgee Shire entries


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