Gympie – Mary River Launch Points

Launch points in Gympie can be accessed via Attie Sullivan Park (adjacent to the Normanby Bridge on Mary Valley Road) and the Gympie Weir, (near Kidd Bridge on River Terrace). This has created a great 2.2km one-way downstream beginners paddle that has something for everyone and is located on the Mary River (River to Rail Trail) right in the heart of Gympie.

Situated between these two points is the ‘The Sands’ recreational picnic area. The Sands, which can be accessed via Kidgell Street, off the Bruce Highway when travelling north (to the left just before the Aldi supermarket) provides the community with a safe area to swim in shallow waters, have a picnic and relax. The Sands is part of the Gympie Regional Council’s River to Rail Trail, which is now also open and allows users to walk or ride a mountain bike along a 1.8km section of the Mary River.

Recreational paddlers can easily access the water at the Sands via a rocky beach and head off in either direction from here, or enjoy a pleasant 2km paddle downstream to the purpose-built canoe and kayak launch point at the Gympie Weir, near Kidd Bridge. Designated off-street parking areas are available at either end.

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