The original Cooloola Shire encompassed the city of
Gympie, the Cooloola coast
townships of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay and the Mary Valley townships of
Amamoor, Kandanga and Imbil. The region itself stretches some 50 km between
Noosa and World Heritage listed Fraser Island, and inland to the Mary Valley
The Cooloola Shire is now part of the Gympie Regional Council, having merged
together with Kilkivan Shire Council and Tiaro Shire Council Division three.
The region was originally settled in the 1840s for grazing purposes, but that
was to all change in 1867 when James Nash discovered gold. The ensuing gold rush
was to establish the future of the then fledgling state of Queensland. Gympie
originally named Nashville after James Nash was known as The Town that Saved
Today the dominate industries include gold mining, agricultural and timber,
and tourism. With its fascinating history, abundant natural resources, beaches
and waterways, and rural charm, there is
plenty to see and do, whilst staying at any number of accommodation on offer.
Check out our listing of
accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.