Our most recommended things to do in Gympie

From Noosa: Dolphin Sea Kayaking and Beach 4X4 Tour

From Noosa: Dolphin Sea Kayaking and Beach 4X4 Tour

Discover Rainbow Beach, Great Sandy National Park, Double Island Point, Honeymoon Bay, and Fraser Island on a guided kayaking and 4x4 trip from Noosa. See Australian wildlife in their natural habitat and reach Great Sandy National Park via a path only accessible by 4WD vehicles. Begin your tour with a Great Beach drive in Noosa's Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of the towering colored sands of Rainbow Beach and K'Gari. Next, head out on a sea kayak around the headland of Double Island Point and Honeymoon Bay. Admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re often as curious about you as you are about them. Spot other local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and a variety of sea birds.

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Cruise or canoe the tranquil waterways of Australia's only Everglades. A courtesy shuttle is available from 8 transit stops within Noosa and surrounds (departures start from 7.45am). Take in the spectacular network of wetlands and waterways on board the eco boat or transfer to the canoe launch site, grab a paddle and canoe 5km to the historic Harry's Hut.  The pristine wilderness is surrounded by sub tropical landscapes, untouched for thousands of years and offer spectacular photo opportunities. This is your chance to immerse yourself amongst nature and the natural beauty of this unique eco system. Australia's Everglades are found in the Northern end of the Noosa River system and stretches across 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Noosa and Great Sandy). Pure freshwater pulses out of the Cooloola Sandmass and filters through the tea tree-infused ecosystem into this unique river system, creating the most spectacular reflections.  After your Everglades experience you can purchase lunch at the onsite bar and bistro or a craft beer from the micro-brewery. Return to your meeting point in Noosa on conclusion. Courtesy shuttle: Must be pre booked. Departure time/location will be confirmed dependant on your accommodation location. Return shuttle departs for Noosa at 3pm. Cruise or Canoe: Stay onboard or canoe 5km (optional - moderate fitness required) Duration: 9am - 1.30pm (cruise returns at 1.30pm to the bar & bistro)

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

From Hervey Bay: K'gari, Fraser Island Two-Day Coach Tour

Start your tour with pickup in Hervey Bay, the gateway to K'gari (Fraser Island). Then relax on the 40-minute cruise across the Great Sandy Marine Park to the island. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles. Explore some of the most beautiful spots as you listen to fascinating facts about the island’s history. Over the two days, you’ll travel in between sites in the air-conditioned comfort of a 4WD coach. Visit Central Station to admire the towering trees, and learn why K'gari was so valuable to the timber industry. Stroll along the Wanggoolba Creek boardwalk and explore the subtropical rainforest in Pile Valley. Relax on the sandy beaches around Lake McKenzie. As an optional extra, you can take a scenic flight over the island from here. Float down Eli Creek, and see the famous Maheno shipwreck. Be amazed by The Pinnacles colored sands and hear the Dreamtime tale of how they were formed. See the spectacular Indian Head while cruising up 75 Mile Beach. Visit the Champagne Pools and slip into this amazing natural jacuzzi, formed by the crashing waves. Trek across the Hammerstone Sandblow and take a dip in Lake Wabby.   Stay overnight at the K'gari Beach Resort and on the end of the second day, board the 5:00 PM ferry back to River Heads. The shuttle service will take you back to your accommodation from there.

Rainbow Beach: Kayaking with Dolphins and Beach 4WD Tour

Rainbow Beach: Kayaking with Dolphins and Beach 4WD Tour

Begin your 3-hour adventure with a 4WD beach drive in the Great Sandy National Park. Head to the spectacular Double Island Point to enjoy scenic views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Afterward, head out on a relaxed kayaking tour around the headland as you admire the beauty of the natural surroundings and take in the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Keep an eye out for the curious bottlenose dolphin pods who are often seen in this area, feeding on large schools of fish. Also, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, soldier crabs in their thousands, and migrating sea birds.

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you to the “Window on the Wetlands” Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands-on display explaining the wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from their upper viewing deck. Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5-hour cruise on the wetlands! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, these pristine wetlands are a nature lover's paradise. Participants generally see about 30 different species of birds on these cruises! Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands, surrounded by nature at its best, as you get up close and personal with plenty of local wildlife. Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There will also be a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so you can make sandwiches if you wish. From here it is just under a 90-minute drive to return you to your Darwin accommodation at around 5:00 PM.

From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

Join an exclusive 4WD outback adventure from Darwin, showcasing the very best Kakadu and Litchfield National Park has to offer. Look for crocodiles, swim in rockpools, admire ancient rock art, and sleep under the stars at a bush camp. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Start your adventure from Darwin heading to the Wetlands Region for a Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End wildlife. Journey on to Kakadu National Park, visiting the Bowali Visitor Center, which offers an introduction to the park’s landscape and wildlife. After relaxing at camp, head north to Cahills Crossing (conditions permitting), the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr Rock, and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, head to camp to prepare dinner and get to know your fellow travelers. Meals: L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 420km Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3 Day 2: Kakadu Waterfalls and Plunge Pools It's an early start on day 2 to head south to Kakadu National Park. Spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, and swimming in pristine plunge pools surrounded by steep escarpments. Depending on conditions, you may visit Motor Car Falls, Moline Rockhole, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), or Jim Jim Falls. Time permitting, stop at Nourlangie Rock, a rock art site where archaeologists uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years. Explore the evolving cultural and environmental changes to the area, before returning to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Meals: B, L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 150km Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 6 Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin An exciting day awaits as you head out of Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park. Spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams, and rugged sandstone escarpments. Visit Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls, or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls. Discover the unique magnetic and cathedral Termite Mounds before heading back to Darwin, arriving at around 7 p.m. Meals: B, L Driving Distance: 500km Hike Distance and Grading: 1 - 2 km Grade 2-3

Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. The Mary Valley Rattler fleet is made up of heritage steam locomotives and carriages, each with their own unique story. The fleet also boasts vintage railmotors and diesel locomotives. The historic Gympie Station on Tozer St, has been restored to its former glory. Make sure you arrive early enough to take time to wander through the Station where you will learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. The popular Platform No.1 Cafe offers a dine in experience before or after your rail journey, or you can buy take away treats to enjoy on board. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as speciality giftware and souvenirs. Have a chat with the train drivers and the tour guides before you board the train. Then sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail journey through one of the most beautiful parts of Queensland. Discover the romance of the railway through the scenic Mary Valley. The journey crosses the Mary River as you travel around an abundance of curves, over bridges, and numerous gentle hills. The line wanders away from the river and into the valleys of some of its main tributaries including the Yabba, Kandanga and Amamoor Creeks, and passes through the small township of Dagun. The quaint community of Amamoor is a delightful historic town bordered by a verdant forest reserve, home to more than 120 species of birds. Here you can watch the fascinating process of the turning of the engine on the turntable.

Learn to Surf Australia's Longest Wave & Beach Drive Tour

Learn to Surf Australia's Longest Wave & Beach Drive Tour

Learning to surf at Sunshine Coast’s hidden gem is a truly unique surfing adventure. Only accessible by 4WD vehicles through the Great Sandy National Park is the spectacular Double Island Point. This location features a long sandy point break with waves that seem to go forever and one of the easiest most satisfying locations you will ever learn to surf on. You could be riding waves for 100’s of meters on your first surf lesson. Surfing in a pristine National Park environment is great for the soul and gives you a sense of freedom and a back to nature experience with the wild. Learn to surf in waist deep water with friendly instructors that are highly experienced and fully qualified to get you surfing and having fun in a safe, uncrowded environment. Guaranteed that you will stand up on your first surf lesson! Intermediate and advanced surf instruction also available.

Rainbow Beach: 4WD Beach Drive Adventure and Surf Lesson

Rainbow Beach: 4WD Beach Drive Adventure and Surf Lesson

Depart Rainbow Beach to discover a hidden paradise only accessible by taking a 4WD vehicle through the Great Sandy National Park. Arriving at the spectacular Double Island Point, you will find a perfect surfing location, with long waves that seem to go on forever. You could be riding waves for 100’s of meters on your first surfing lesson. Learn to surf in waist-deep water with friendly instructors that are highly experienced and fully qualified to get you surfing and having fun in a safe, uncrowded environment. Don’t worry if you have never surfed before, you will be taught the basics and will develop through the lesson. If you're not a complete beginner and looking to progress further with your surfing, we have fully accredited surf instructors with all the technical guidance you need. From learning how to ride the nose on a longboard to more advanced shortboard training.

Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu, Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu, Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Begin your adventure in Darwin by heading out to the Wetlands Region, where the stunning scenery of the top end awaits you. On the way, we'll see plenty of Top End birdlife and apex predators... crocodiles! The next two nights will be spent in Kakadu National Park. At Bowali Visitor Centre, we enjoy the landscape and wildlife. Across the border from Arnhem Land to Kakadu, we reach Cahills Crossing. At sunset, we'll visit Ubirr Rock, a rare collection of Aboriginal rock art. Sunset over the Nadab Floodplain will take your breath away. We enjoy an evening at our cozy private camp with our fellow travellers. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Jim Jim Falls - Plunge Pools - Jabiru Return On day 2, we head south into Kakadu National Park. We will explore lush monsoon rainforests, hike through pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs today. Depending on the group's physical ability, we will visit one or more waterfalls. Motor Car Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls or Moline Rockhole can be included. We explore the stories of the artefacts at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Gallery, if time permits. We return to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Drive Distance: Minimum 150km depending on waterfall access. Note that each journey includes 40km offroad. Hike & Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 5/6. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine Today, we found Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art, Kunwarddewardde Lookout, and Nawurlandja Lookout. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock has incredible Aboriginal rock art. Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) Waterfall, another 4WD track, is one of Kakadu's most picturesque and pristine waterfalls. Fitness and agility are required to trek through the monsoon forest to the plunge pool. Following our 2km walk, swim, and lunch, we can relax under the stars at our private safari campsite in Katherine. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1.5km Grade 3. Day 4: Katherine - Nitmiluk National Park It's an early start to reach Nitmiluk National Park and board the two-hour NitNit Katherine Gorge boat cruise. You will marvel at your surroundings and the relaxed cruise atmosphere in this area rich in creation stories. After the cruise, you can take a scenic helicopter flight (optional) to see Nitmiluk and Katherine Gorge. Take a dip beneath a cascading waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch at Edith Falls! After a day of culture, walks and swimming, our private campsite awaits. Drive Distance: 470km. Hike & Grading: 2km Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked on. Day 5: Katherine - Litchfield - Darwin On our fifth day, we travel back to Darwin via Litchfield National Park. Visit Buley Rockholes and Wangi Falls after viewing the monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield. Enjoy Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls among the rocky escarpment. Take a relaxing ride back to Darwin after exploring the Top End. Drive Distance: 470 km. Walking: 1km - 2km.

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Staff exceptionally friendly. The carriage was really comfortable and the ride was a pleasant bumble through pretty scenery. The other half got to twitter on about gauges and four drive wheels so was happy! Excellent day out.

A very good trip, well organised. Our guide, Evan would have to be one of the most informative guides I've ever had. His expertise of knowledge of the billabong ecosystem and wildlife made the day.

Trip was excellent, Evan was very knowledgeable and gave the commentary with background and humour.

Evan was a very knowledgeable and passionate guide who ensured we got the most out of our day.

An exceptional day and experience with an even more exceptional guide