Gympie Community Gardens

Calling all green thumbs…


We are Gympie’s very own community garden. Cooinda Aged Care Centre kindly provided the land, so now we have a great place for locals to grow fresh food in an enjoyable social environment.

The large expanse of ground included citrus trees loaded with fruit, a shed and access to amenities. Under the Go for 2 & 5 initiative, funding was won for tools and other equipment and to build raised garden beds and fence the area from friendly kangaroos. Auspiced by Cooloola Human Services Network (CHSN), the gardens have also received funding from the Gympie Regional Council. The Swap It, Don’t Stop It program funds our open days, so we

can bring in excellent speakers, hold informative workshops and provide healthy and nutritious food every couple of months.

Community gardens help people learn how to grow, harvest and prepare organic produce. Community gardens also enable people who don’t have access to a garden the opportunity to grow their own produce.

Community members and members from The Permaculture Group, MINS (Multicultural Information Network Service Inc), TAFE, Cooinda, Gympie and District Women’s Health Centre, Gympie West State School and Queensland Health have joined forces with us to help the garden grow.

Local experts have showcased no-dig gardens, wicked gardens (pronounced wick’d), worm farms and compost bins. The Gympie Community Gardens group are hoping and planning to build a covered area for the preparation and cooking of harvested produce. Our current wish list includes a bush tucker garden, mandala garden, chook tractors. cob oven, musical playground and more!

Membership is open to all. Please spread the word.

Call Di on 5483 7441 (Wednesdays or Thursdays) if you would like to join the community garden. Or find out more by popping in to our next open day for a tour.

  • Gympie Community Gardens, Cooinda Aged Care Centre, Cooinda St, Gympie

  • Join as a member, “Get Dirty on Thursdays”, start a plot and grow your own food, or visit us on our Open Days



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As the heritage and cultural centre of the Cooloola Region, Gympie boasts a tradition that few areas in Queensland can offer. A city of 16,000 people, Gympie offers the warm hospitality of a country town with all the modern conveniences.

Known as the "Town that Saved Queensland", Gympie's proud heritage began in 1867 with the discovery of gold by prospector James Nash at the site now occupied by the Town Hall. At the time, Queensland was facing bankruptcy due to drought and the fall in wool prices. However, Nash made the five day journey down the Mary River from Maryborough and, after digging up 75 ounces of gold in six days, staked his claim. The Gympie Gold Rush was on, injecting the boost to the Queensland economy that enabled the colony to survive.

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