The town of Gympie is located in south eastern Queensland, Australia, and is approximately 160 kilometres north of the state capital, Brisbane. It lies on the Mary River. Gympie is the administrative centre for the Gympie Regional Council area.
First, the Valley Rattler winds its way through the backyards of the southern side of Gympie and then continues its way into the scenic Mary Valley where it crosses and then follows the Mary River to negotiate the valley and the Mary's main tributaries. This provides a spectacular journey through the valley beginning at the Old Gympie Railway Station. This station is the original railway station for the track that passed through Gympie in the 1900s gold rush.
Second, the countryside is spectacular with an abundance of curves, gradients and bridges. Steep slopes portray a patchwork of pineapples, macadamia nuts and other crops. The Mary Valley rolling green pastures and many beautiful forests. The valley includes the villages and towns of Dagun, Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil.
Third, Gympie's Mary St offers a post office and a wide array of bars, cafes, banks and stores. It has a quaint country town feel to it.
Fourth, Gympie is host to a large annual country music muster, which attracts thousands of fans and musicians.
Finally, Gympie also hosts the Heart of Gold International Short Film Festival.
- The alleged Gympie Pyramid
The proposed dam will flood approximately 900 properties, many of them income-producing farms, including the largest dairy farm in Queensland. The affected land owners and other shire residents have staged rallies protesting against the proposed dam. The protesters argue that Traveston dam will flood the properties and endanger the following rare species: the Mary River cod, lungfish (Neoceratodus forsteri) and platypus.
Non state-government reports have arrived at less favourable geological conclusions. For example, Cooloola Shire Council recently released a report it commissioned to this effect.