The Gympie Gold Rush Festival is an annual celebration of the discovery of gold in Gympie in 1867, and the subsequent establishment of Gympie City.
The Gold Rush Festival began in 1967, when the town celebrated the centenary of James Nash’s golden strike and the ensuring establishment of the town of Gympie.
The Gold Rush Festival has gone on to become Gympie’s premier annual event. It was not until 1973, six years after the festival officially got under way, that celebrations included a daytime float parade.
Since then, the festival program has grown into many days of diverse events, which incorporates arts, culture, and history and live performances.
The Gold Rush Festival stands out from other complementary festivals by:
- bringing the whole of the community together to share historical, cultural and fun pursuits;
- showcasing what the region has to offer to visitors and tourists alike;
- adopting a new experience for everyone to enjoy;
- encompassing an extensive marketing program that targets audiences to special events during the week of the festival.