SchuhGroup | About Gympie
If you are considering a position at Schuh Group, it may be useful for you to know a little more about the area in which we are located.
Gympie is located 2 hours north of Brisbane, and has a population of around 20,000. It lies on the Mary River and is mostly famous for the Gold Rush which brought the town to prominence in the mid 1800's. At the time that gold was discovered in Gympie, QLD was in the middle of a severe economic depression, and the town has widely been credited with saving the State from bankruptcy.
There are a number of important Heritage Listed buildings in Gympie, and the town itself is surrounded by lush farming and agricultural land. The Mary Valley is a stunning landscape of rolling green pastures and many beautiful National Parks and forests.
The temperate climate makes the Gympie area perfect for a range of agricultural industries, from crops such as pineapples, mangoes and macadamias, to vegetables and dairy farming.
Property remains extremely affordable in the Gympie area, and there are several very good private schools and a private hospital.
Gympie still has a 'country town' feel about it, which makes it an excellent place to raise a family. Everything is very close, and for work purposes, parking is abundant and free. Gympie's Mary St offers a wide array of bars, cafes, banks and stores with stunning 19th Century Victorian architecture.
Each year, Gympie plays host to a range of important cultural activities.
The "Heart of Gold" film festival is held every March. The festival is five days of fun and inspiration. Highlights include short films from all corners of the globe, special features and documentaries, parties, seminars, intimate Q & A sessions with filmmakers and an Award Ceremony.
The towns of the Mary Valley include Dagun, a pretty little ten house town, and Amamoor which hosts the National Country Music Muster, held annually in August.
The Muster is held over six days and nights in the Amamoor Forest Reserve and features 13 venues offering a wide diversity of music. The Muster is the largest outdoor country music festival in Australia.
15 minutes south-east of Gympie, subtropical rainforest & spectacular rocky creeks make the Mothar Mountain rock pools a popular retreat for locals and visitors.
Crystal clear water gently cascades over ancient granite outcrops at Woondum National Park. Facilities include picnic tables, barbecues, firewood, fresh water, amenities and bush walking tracks. Access is by dirt road and requires a four-wheel drive vehicle.
Aside from it's important historical background, Gympie is perfectly situated to take advantage of the most beautiful beaches South East QLD has to offer. Gympie is 45 minutes drive from Noosa Heads, in fact a number of our current staff commute from Noosa to work.
30 minutes drive east of Gympie, in Tin Can Bay you can hand feed rare Indo-Pacific Hump Backed Dolphins in their natural environment. The feeding is regulated for the protection of the dolphins.
Tin Can Bay is the Southern access point to the Great Sandy Strait, a stunning aquatic playground protected by World Heritage listed Fraser Island.
The Strait is an important ecological area with marine turtles, dolphin pods, dugongs also known as mermaids, migrating Humpback whales and is a valuable roosting area for migratory birds.
Gympie, Mary Valley Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach and Cooloola are part of the Great Sandy Biosphere which gives world wide recognition of the outstanding natural beauty and high levels of biodiversity in this region.
Gympie is one hour drive away from The Sunshine Coast airport, and two hours from Brisbane. Gympie and Brisbane are linked for much of the distance by a motorway, which makes a day trip to Brisbane a breeze.
So you can see that the Gympie area has much to offer. It is a highly liveable area, affordable for families and close to the best natural features the area has to offer, as well as access to major shopping and business centres. Consider a career with the Gympie taxation professionals.