Ancient Crafts





1 - 2 JULY, 2023 Gympie Showgrounds

About the event


With it’s rich and golden history, Gympie is the perfect location for this biennial event. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Gympie, the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo is a tribute to the heritage trades of our past and a celebration of the artisans that keep these almost-forgotten trades alive.

Over 60 makers will gather, keen to inspire with their passion and to pass on their knowledge to preserve the longevity of their craft. It will be a weekend filled with non-stop demonstrations, vintage displays, bushcraft shows, artisan markets and lots of good old-fashioned camaraderie.

The event will  be held in conjunction with the Gympie Rotary Quilt & Craft Spectacular, one of Queensland’s largest quilting and crafing events, and the Craft Beer Open Door – the age-old art of brewing, another essential craft!

Join us and discover what an amazing wealth of talent there is to be found in and around our region! 

Meet the Makers:

Saturday, 1 July 2023,  8.30am – 5pm

Sunday, 2 July 2023, 8.30am – 3pm

 The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, Exhibition Rd, Southside

Gympie Rotary Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo +

Quilt & Craft Spectacular – all for only $12 per person per day

Come along and Meet the Makers!
Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 1 - 2 July, 2023

Join us for a weekend – or a day – to enjoy this event! Over 40 skilled artisans of heritage crafts will be demonstrating continuously over the weekend – a collective expo featuring makers of the traditional trades and domestic craft of yesteryear, once the foundation on which our communities were built and integral to daily living.

Meet the Woodies: Woodworkers and Master Carvers; Spoonsmiths; Luthiers; a Whittler, a Harpmaker; Penmakers; Sawscrollers; Pyrographers 

Meet the Smiths: Blacksmiths, Silversmiths

Meet the Weavers: Basketweavers; a Corn Dolly Maker (wheat plaiter); Spinners & Weavers; a Felter and Lacemakers;

And meet more: A Papermaker & Bookbinder; Mosaic artist; a Leadlighter; a Ceramicist; a Shingle Splitter; Leatherworkers;  a Songwriter, Beekeepers; a Ropemaker and more.

All these artisans gathered in one arena, keen to share their knowledge and their passion in their craft with you.

Craft Beer Open Door Presenting the craft of brewing, you’re invited to experience this celebration and sharing of knowledge of centuries-old skills, handed down from generation to generation, perfected by cultures world-wide. 

Catering to both the confirmed lovers of craft brews and those who want to learn, come along to discover a different style of beer enjoyment, and sample some diverse flavours – ranging from subtle to WOW! – in the company of the like-minded. Presented by Classic Queensland Homes.

See: displays of vintage tools and antique machinery – there’s a surprise or three in the wings!

All this, plus the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, for 1 ticket price!

Check out the images below for an overview of the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo 

Presented by the Rotary Club of Gympie Inc


Australian Bushcraft Show with Stan in 2023

A power-packed show of the craft of yesteryear – consummate showman with a rollicking sense of humour, Stan Ceglinski’s power-packed show inspires a love for age-old traditions of all types of bushcraft. A mountain of a man, an award-winning bushcrafter with a deep love and knowledge of the skills of yesteryear, he will take you on a sentimental journey into our heritage and our past, passing on a host of knowledge that our country must not lose.

Quilt & Craft Spectacular 2023

The Rotary Club of Gympie has, for many years, been proudly presenting it’s prestigious biennial Quilt & Craft Spectacular – now one of the largest quilting and crafting events in Queensland. Come along and see a showcase of over 200 traditional and contemporary quilts and art quilts by award winning quilters, professionals and those who just love to quilt!

There’s also inspiring artisan exhibits, free demonstrations, workshops and over 45 diverse quilters and crafters markets!

The Quilt & Craft Spectacular, held alongside the “Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades” Expo, is presented by the Rotary Club of Gympie. Profits benefit charities.

Over 1 huge weekend, 1 – 2 July 2023.

Saturday, 1 July 2023,  8.30am – 5pm

Sunday, 2 July 2023,   8.30am – 3pm

The Pavilion and surrounds, Gympie Showgrounds, 77 Exhibition Rd, Gympie Southside.


Craft Beer Open Door


While at the Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo and Quilt & Craft Spectacular, you’re invited to come through the CRAFT BEER OPEN DOOR, a celebration of craft beer diversity and creativity. With tasting paddles, tasting notes and a range of quality craft brews to try – from gentle to WOW! – the event caters to both the already-devoted lovers of craft brews and those who are curious and want to discover a different style of beer enjoyment. With profits going to Little Haven Palliative Care, why not join us for some great camaraderie in a convivial atmosphere and enjoy sampling, tasting and discovering some interesting beer alternatives. Come on in!


* Entry to all for just 1 ticket price!


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Important Info


Held over 2 huge days 1 – 2 July 2023:

Saturday, 1 July, 2023, 8.30am to 5pm

Sunday 2 July, 2023, 8.30am to 3pm


The Pavilion, 77 Exhibition Rd, Southside Gympie, 4570

Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades is held the Pavilion’s stadium, alongside the Quilt & Craft Spectacular, held in the Pavilion. The Pavilion is wheelchair friendly and has a lift. There are handicapped toilets. Buses welcome, entry can be fast-tracked by groups.


includes entry into:

  • Ancient Crafts, Rare Trades Expo
  • Quilt & Craft Spectacular
  • Craft Beer Open Door
  • + Catalogue








Plenty of  food and coffee outlets throughout the area, includes the Hammer & Tongs Cafe, Little Haven Cafe in the Pavilion and the CWA Cafe, plus Craft Beer Open Door.

All profits are donated to benefit worthy charities through the Rotary Club of Gympie – the main beneficiary of the Quilt & Craft Spectacular is Little Haven Palliative Care.


Below are some images from the inaugural event in 2018