Gympie lies on the Mary River, which floods the town periodically. At June 2015 Gympie had an estimated urban population of 20,810. It’s famous for its gold field and known for its tropical fruit (pineapples, macadamia nuts), vegetables, dairy industry, beef cattle and piggeries.

Gympie’s name derives from the Kabi (the language of a tribe of Indigenous Australians that historically lived in the region) word gimpi-gimpi (which means “stinging tree”). There was a time prior to 1868 when the town was known as Nashville after James Nash who discovered gold and “saved Queensland”


Noosa’s stylish, low-rise architecture takes nothing away from its stunning natural environment, with the community’s environmental ethic having led to it being declared Queensland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. In 1988, Noosa was renamed Noosa Heads with a population of 3,999 (2011 census).

Noosa Heads is the coastal cosmopolitan town situated on the southern shore of Laguna Bay and on the far western side of Noosa headland. Tourism is the foundation of the local economy with over 250 000 holiday makers each year.