The residence welcomes you to what they consider to be one of the friendliest and tidiest smaller cities Queensland has on offer.
Maryborough – one of Queensland’s oldest and most loved destinations. This pretty place really plays home to people to take extreme pride in their colonial and heritage-based lives and the beautiful plants, trees and wildlife that adorns the area.
How To Get To Maryborough
- Approximately 2-3 hours drive from Brisbane
- Approximately 30 minutes drive from Hervey Bay
- Approximately 1 hour from World Heritage, Fraser Island
Travelling from Queensland’s capital city of Brisbane, it is an expected 2.5 to 3 hours drive to reach the Maryborough city.
Maryborough also has a small airport and flights are available from Brisbane landing you from the major capital city in under 40 minutes one way.
Opting to travel by train from the major capital city will have you at Maryborough West in around 4 hours.
Maryborough West is located just outside of Maryborough city and provided for you with your train booking is a courtesy bus to bring you back into the city hub.
Buses run daily to and from Maryborough. You can expect a 4-5 hour trip one way between Brisbane and Maryborough and approximately 40 minutes to the nearest city of Hervey Bay one way.
Google Map Of Maryborough
History Of Maryborough
- Heritage City
- Birthplace of the author who created Mary Poppins
- Became a city in 1905
- History in sugar cane/ engineering
- Tidy/ friendly city
This historical city, known best as the “Heritage City” by many, has maintained some of the most original homes and buildings that were built back as far as 1883 that are still standing today.
Being founded way back in 1847, Maryborough didn’t become a city until 1905 and during this era, the city was also one of the major hot spots for immigrants who would arrive from all around the globe by boat.
This pristine city became well famous for not only its heritage appeal but also for it’s linked to author Pamela Travers, best known as the creator of the smash-hit book and later movie, Mary Poppins.
The city revels in the history of Pamela and moreover her character, Mary by celebrating with a statue that was erected back in 2005 in her honour and to commemorate her birthplace annually.
Mary’s statue stands approximately 5 foot tall and weighing in at around 100 kilograms you can view this iconic piece when travelling to or through Maryborough and it’s situated on Richmond Street, near the popular Queen’s Park location.
However, Mary Poppins and the heritage appeal isn’t all Maryborough is best known for.
Back in the early 1800’s Maryborough played a vital part in connecting their neighbouring city, Gympie to their Mary River so the mining that was underway in Gympie could be transported across the seas.
Mining lorries would transport coal from Gympie to the Maryborough region where it would be loaded onto ships from the Mary River location and sent abroad from there.
Maryborough is well-liked for not only its heritage lifestyle but also being one of the friendliest and tidiest cities in the Wide Bay Burnett.
Every Thursday Maryborough enthusiasts and business-minded people come together to showcase over 120 stalls that consist of an array of products available to the public from fresh local produce, craft, pottery, clothing, jewellery, natural products, books, flowers and food galore.
This isn’t your average market day when visiting Maryborough as the locals enjoy dressing up and celebrating not only Mary Poppins history within the city, but also the Town Crier pays a visit firing off the historical time cannon in the afternoon period.
On this day you may also wish to partake in the Heritage Walk Tour through the city that begins at 9 am and takes you to destination hot spots around the city of Maryborough as you gain vast knowledge on what it was like hundreds of years ago and how the city has evolved to modern times despite its antique approach.
Something for the kids is always a good option when in Maryborough and you can treat yourself and the little ones to a ride on the steam engine train that travels through the beauty that is Queen’s Park.
Queen’s Park is also a really stunning place to visit when in Maryborough.
Established way back in the mid-1800’s many of the large trees that you will admire were planted in the very early 1900’s era and are still standing today!
A rotunda built in the late 1800s is still an iconic spot people love to visit and see as they surround themselves in the lush fernery, a lily pond and the many beautiful greenery that is maintained within.
This amazing rotunda is now listed by the National Trust and is also a top spot where locals and visitors alike choose to host their wedding nuptials.
Each month, the Model Engineers and Live Steam Association join together to revisit the steam age era and their love of engines and all that whistles as the local Brass Band Association plays within the rotunda area.
This park is well worth the visit if you are in the region as it is nearby to the City Hall location and overlooks the iconic Mary River.
Walkers Limited was a well-recognised Australian engineering company that built ships, locomotives, trains, diesel-hydraulic locomotives and electric locomotives among the many.
Cast back to the mid-1800s and John Walker and some of his friends began an engineering business together.
This business venture started in Ballarat and later on started up in Maryborough.
This company would go on to produce machinery for the sugar mills.
From here they would build many machinery items including trains, locomotives and ships that would merge them into the Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame in 2017 for 150 years in the manufacturing sector.
Sugar cane is another iconic business operated in the Maryborough region. Located on Old Mill Road the business Central Sugar Mill was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2005 for it’s long-standing contribution to the Wide Bay community.
This budding business comprised of a mill and refinery that harvested local sugar cane from around the region.
This first successful crop was grown on Queensland soil back in 1862 and by the end of that decade was being cultivated across further regions like Bundaberg and Mackay.
This remarkable business venture would be one of only 23 other sugar mills around Australia and produce an astonishing 2.5 Billion dollars into the Australian economy and well worthy of the awards it would go on to receive.
Things To Do In Maryborough
You certainly have arrived at the right place if sightseeing and taking a step back in time is how you enjoy filling your day.
Maryborough and its heritage lifestyle are on full show 365 days of the year and the locals alike love taking people on a journey back in time and showing the next generation how things use to be and things use to get done.
A city preserved in its antique history that prides itself on staying true to its ancestors in a world where everything has modernised. It sure is a day out you won’t forget in a hurry! For many more things to do why not read our other page here.
1. Visit Queens Park Maryborough
- The tree’s still standing from the 1900s.
- Rotunda that is listed in the National Trust
- Park is used for weddings/events
- Home to World War Memorial structures
Beautiful Queen’s Park, situated right in the heart of historical Maryborough is a place of wonder and discovery as you stroll through the lush, green lawns that are so soft you’ll feel like you are literally walking on clouds!
This botanical garden is home to an array of plants, tree’s, flowers and many other memorial structures within.
In 1992, Queens Park would be added to the Queensland Heritage Register and this means it has now become a place of national honour.
This prestigious role is only given to certain places and landmarks that Australia feels require preserving to maintain their history and importance on our earth for the many generations that are to come in the future.
There are many events that Queens Park also hosts annually within the lush, green grounds provided. Markets, festivals, weddings, parties and many of the local, smaller organisations that gather within the park to celebrate happen quite often.
Weddings are hugely popular at Queens Park for its dramatic backdrop for photographers with so much plant life and exquisite vegetation, coupled with some of the oldest tree’s in Queensland it is easy to see why couples pick this park for their special day.
As you locate this iconic spot on Sussex Street in Maryborough, enjoy taking a stroll back in time as you not only view the ancient rotunda within but also the many recreation areas that you can sit amongst to enjoy your lunch or take in the scenery surrounding.
This sacred ground is also home to the Duncan Chapman statue. On April 25th of 2015, the unveiling of the statue occurred at Queens Park in honour of Lieutenant Duncan Chapman’s life as he was the first man to step onto the shores of Gallipoli in 1915.
He would serve with the 45th Battalion, was born and raised in Maryborough during the late 1800’s era and was sadly killed in action, serving his beloved country in 1916.
A war memorial was also unveiled at Queens Park in the November of 1922 and this marble and granite structure is in tribute to the 100 local men who died in the First World War and also to the 55 other local men who also lost their lives so we could continue to live ours.
This park really is well worth the stopover if you are passing through Maryborough to visually see not only the heritage within but also the perfect way this garden has been designed for your enjoyment.
2. Go To The Maryborough Markets
- Every Thursday In Maryborough
- Markets representing the heritage history
- 120 stalls
- Town Crier sets of cannon
Every Thursday you can find the popular Maryborough Markets on situated on Adelaide and Ellena Streets.
With over 120 stalls ranging from food stalls, craft, jewellery, hand made goods, homemade cooking, clothing, books among the many, there is truly something for everyone.
The city of Maryborough enjoys reliving its cultural heritage and you will pass many locals who revel in dressing up from time gone by to entertain you and give you a glimpse at the history Maryborough represents.
This market also brings out the Town Crier and if you stay until the mid-afternoon, he sets off the old cannon which is something remarkable to see when strolling the market streets.
Something for all ages, with plenty of food, sidewalk entertainers and stalls it is one stopover you’ll be talking about for ages to come.
3. Check Out The Mary Poppins Festival
- Author Pamela Travers born in Maryborough
- Mary Poppins released 8 books
- Mary Poppins released movie
- Maryborough celebrates Mary Poppins
Born in the little, sleepy township of Maryborough would be a woman we all come to know and love and mostly respect – Pamela Lyndon Travers.
Arriving on the 9th of August little did the world, let alone Maryborough knows that this talented young and inspiring woman would go on to write one of the best novels the world has ever read – Mary Poppins.
This magical tale of Mary came to life in 1933 in what would become a series of eight books, then later a mega blockbusting movie!
That movie, to which Travers sold the rights to a well known, worldwide star, Mr Walt Disney, would go on to make some seriously big, big money!
Maryborough loves that Pamela, the world’s much-loved author was born in their then small township.
The town celebrates this in many ways and one has been a statue they had erected of Mary within the heart of the now city.
This statue has become something that people enjoy having their photograph taken next to and revel in hearing the locals tell stories of Pamela’s birthplace and how this heritage city prides itself on it’s past and all things ‘Mary!’.
If you are looking for a bit more fun to celebrate the whole Mary Poppins vibe, you definitely need to attend the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough which is in its 12th season officially.
This eight-day festival is to celebrate the life of the world’s most famous author and there is a lot of knowledge to learn and fun to be had as the Great Nanny Challenge is hosted where contestants push each other in prams, others compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash and the community abroad dress up from the story in character to delight the young and old who attend.
There is food stalls, craft, sidewalk entertainment, costume parades, vintage cars, carnival rides and many workshops to be enjoyed over this eight-day period also.
If you are in the Maryborough city on a Thursday, you are also in for a real treat as Mary comes to life through the locals who dress up as her and walk around chatting about her to the locals and visitors.
It’s fair to say that Maryborough really does embrace its Mary-heritage lifestyle and if you are a fan of Pamela, or should we say, Mary Poppins, then Maryborough really is the place you need to plant your feet!
4. Browse Through Brennan And Geraghty’s Store Museum
- Built over 140 years ago
- Heritage Listed
- Store converted to a museum
- Open 6 days a week to the public
Welcome to Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum.
This gorgeous, heritage style building was first constructed way back in 1864, making this magnificent landmark well over 140 years of wonderful history!
Built by none other than Patrick Brennan and Martin Geraghty on the now popular Lennox Street in Maryborough the store would go on to be operated by the same family line for almost 100 years before ceasing trade in 1972.
These two business budding entrepreneurs joined forces to build and create a business that little did they know would stand the test of time within the Maryborough community and see generation after generation rear their families from the income this surprisingly wonderful business maintained.
Given this piece of history is so precious to the community alike, it has also been given the award for Heritage Listed and has now morphed itself into an iconic museum that the locals and visitors to the region enjoy exploring as they step back in time and view some of the oldest products and journals from a time gone by.
You really do have to stop in and say hello and visit this marvellous, rare store that has been preserved in time especially for your wonder and amazement.
5. Discover The Maryborough Military And Colonial Museum
- War memorial artefacts
- Over 2,000 wartime books
- Home to 1 of only 39 VC Awards
- Step back into colonial era’s.
Open 6 days a week, you can pop on in and visit this excellent addition to Maryborough and browse through the highly unusual finds of over 7,000 memorabilia items stemming back from the colonial era.
This museum not only provides a glance back in time but also pays respects to those who fought in the wars.
The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum plays home to one particular award that was given to Lieutenant Herbert James of the 4th Battalion.
It is one of only 39 VC awards that were given and the only one known to exist away from the Australian War Memorials listings of awards.
You’ll be amazed at how many medals are in fact for viewing within the museum and also noted some 2,000 books dating back to the military and colonial area time.
Literally hundreds of files of original documentation, service men’s diaries they kept when fighting the battles, photographs and newspapers, along with hundreds of corresponding letters from families back home to those who went to war to fight the battles.
This piece of history as it’s often referred to as is not only sentimental and iconic to Maryborough, but also to Queensland and Australia also.
Being able to preserve and house so many wartime monuments that tell gripping tales of what war life was like not only for the soldiers of the Battalions but also of what life was like for the families who were waiting with open arms back home.
This is one stopover you should not miss when visiting the city.
Open 6 days a week and located on Wharf Street in Maryborough.
6. Explore The Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
- Open 6 days a week
- Situated 15 minutes from Maryborough
- Home to 1,000’s of natural wildlife
- Learn about nature around you
- Hold a Black Headed Python
Situated approximately 15 minutes outside of Maryborough is where you will stumble upon the Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary.
Open 6 days a week from 10 am you can expect to see a huge array of animals as this slice of heaven provides a haven for native birds in their natural habitats.
Kangaroos roam freely and are easily approachable for a pat and a photo, along with some of the dingoes that call the Wildlife park “home”.
Why not purchase some food at the sanctuary and enjoy hand-feeding the kangaroo’s as they approach?
Wallabies reside at the park also and if you look very closely, you may see a little joey in his Mamma’s pouch as he takes in the wonder of the life he is about to embark on.
Learn about snakes while you are at the sanctuary, hearing from experienced snake handlers what types of foods they prefer to prey on, what not to do when near a snake and all about their habitats.
For those a little more daring, you also have the opportunity to hold a Black Headed Python- IF YOU DARE!
Get amongst some ‘bird banter’ as the many parrots enjoy a chat with the visitors that arrive or try patting one of the Blue Tongue Lizards!
Animal lovers and the young alike all thoroughly enjoy this experience and it really is a great place for all ages to get educated about the natural wildlife around us, as well as being up close and personal with so many animals in the one surrounding.
7. Hike Poona National Park
- 5 kilometres from Maryborough
- National Park and wildlife sight
- Fishing permitted
- Kalah’s freshwater creek
Still exploring the surroundings is where you will find Poona National Park.
A short 6 kilometre stretch out of Maryborough to arrive at this park that is not only home to an abundance of animals, but also to the many plants and tree’s that make up this incredible ecosystem.
Follow the road out of Maryborough and take the Tin Can Bay to Rainbow Beach turn off, you will need to follow this road and stay on the Cooloola and Boonooroo Road until you reach the turn off for the park entrance. Please view the google map here.
In other words, this park is nature built by a forest-like plantation that resides between the sea and the river.
Although camping is not permitted in this parkland, fishing still is allowed and most people enjoy coming to this regional park to explore the unusual flora and fauna or to sight the many animals and insects that call this peaceful place ‘home’.
Stumbling upon Kalah Creek is a sight worth setting your eyes upon as this is where the freshwater is and people enjoy dropping a line in to see what they can catch.
Please remember to be mindful when day visiting the Poona National Park and take your rubbish away with you as there are no bins provided in this park area and we remain respectful to the animals that this place inhibits.
If Your Planning To Stay
With so much to see and do in Maryborough, come join in the historical era of stepping back in time and gaining knowledge on wartime stories, how Maryborough evolved and their famous Mary Poppins tales!
Maryborough has a range of places to stay in and around the area while you explore the town and the surrounding areas, such as Poona, Maaroom, Tinnanbar, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Fraser Island. If you choose not to stay in Maryborough, Hervey Bay is also nearby and another popular choice for visitors.
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