18 October 2019, 12am to 20 October 2019, 12am
Gympie’s Gold Rush Festival is a celebration of 'the town that saved Queensland from bankruptcy' when James Nash first discovered gold back in 1867.
The festival will include a Gold Rush Parade, Gold Rush Carnival, and a community picnic day.
The Friday evening Gold Rush Parade will feature large scale lanterns that will light up the sky. The 19th century machinery style lanterns will pay homage to some of the machinery used in gold mining since 1867. The large scale lanterns will be complemented by hundreds of small, LED-lit machinery props, such as cogs and wheels, that will be made and paraded by local primary school students.
The Gold Rush festivities will continue from 2pm on Saturday, 19 October, with the Gold Rush Carnival day in the Lake Alford and Gold Mining Museum precincts. There will be an old ways and wares market and display, two stages of live music, vintage games, a food precinct featuring Indigenous, Chinese and Scottish foods, an old-style bar, rides, as well as a Nashy’s Big Beard Bonanza competition. The Gold Rush Carnival will conclude with Gold Rush evening fire event.
The festival will conclude on Sunday, 20 October, with a community picnic day.
Venue: Various locations, Gympie
Phone: 1300 307 800