Many Gympie residents are wondering where the Lonely Planet writers found their information about the town.
Many Gympie residents are wondering where the Lonely Planet writers found their information about the town. Renee Pilcher, Craig Warhurst

Where did they get their info?

GYMPIE may have rated poorly as a holiday destination by the writers of Lonely Planet, but visitors to actually set foot in the region reckon it is a great part of the world.

The Lonely Planet’s new edition, Queensland & the Great Barrier Reef Travel Guide released yesterday, says little has happened in Gympie since the gold rush days.

Despite four authors spending 130 days in Queensland for research, they failed to discover the Gympie Region and instead assumed Gympie and Rainbow Beach were part of the Fraser Coast.

The guide was also wrong about Gympie’s population, which was about 8000 residents less than it is currently.

These discrepancies have led many Gympie residents to wonder where the writers found their information.

Lonely Planet publishers say the authors are independent, dedicated travellers who visit every destination in the guide, personally visiting hotels, restaurants, cafes, bars, galleries, museums and more.

By the look of it, their stop in Gympie was brief. Emilia’s, Kingston House and Capelli on Duke rated a mention, along with the Gympie Muster, Valley Rattler and the Woodworks and Mining Museums.

Several key annual events for the area were overlooked, such as the Gympie Gold Rush Festival and the Heart of Gold International Film Festival.

At least Gympie is a blip on the radar, some would say.

Mary Valley appears to have been overlooked, but Rainbow Beach businesses should be happy. The area received a glowing, three-page review, covering all accommodation, dining and entertainment.

“Gorgeous Rainbow Beach...is a rising star of Queensland’s coastal beauty spots.”

Gympie Times


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