Maryborough Tourist Information
Maryborough & Mary Poppins
With just a spoonful of imagination - you can jump right into the magical world of Mary Poppins in Maryborough.
Mary Poppins is the famous, fictional creation of Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born above a bank building in Maryborough in 1899.
Maryborough City Whistle Stop Inc.
All aboard the Mary Ann for a unique steam train ride. The Mary Ann operates each Thursday in historic Queens Park, alongside the Mary River, between Sussex and Macalister Streets. It also operates on the last Sunday of each month. The Whistle Stop Rail Museum at the old Maryborough Railway Station is open each Thursday and on the last Sunday of the month.
Free Guided Walking Tour – Explore Maryborough’s historic city centre with your own 19th century costumed guide. Departs City Hall Monday to Saturday at 9am. No booking required.
Check out the local and regional artistic talent at this stunning Artspace in Wharf Street at Portside. The exhibits change constantly with local and regional exhibitions. Free entry. Open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm.
Regional Artists & Tutors
Open Studio Program on the first Sunday of the month from 11am – 4 pm. Take a tour of local artists demonstrating their individual art practices. www.alpha21artgallery.com.au/rates.html
City Heart Market in Maryborough each Thursday, when the city’s center transforms into a bustling outdoor market with a great variety of art, craft, fresh produce and plants. See the Town Crier and Mary Heritage fire the Time Cannon at Portside Customs Residence Wharf Street at 11am and on the City Hall Green at 1pm.
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary Market every third Sunday of the month from 7am till 12pm.
Tea with Mary
$20 per person – Your very own Mary Poppins inspired character will guide you on a fascinating tour of discovery of all things Mary. (Bookings essential Phone: 4190 5722)
MUSEUMS -Relive Australia’s Early Days
Portside Heritage Gateway Pass
Take a journey back more than 150 years when Maryborough was a thriving port, and the place where 22,000 new settlers took their first steps on Australian soil. The Portside Heritage Gateway Pass includes entry to:
CUSTOMS HOUSE INTERPRETIVE CENTRE
BOND STORE MUSEUM
MARYBOROUGH MILITARY AND COLONIAL MUSEUM
• Listen to experienced guides tell colourful tales of early colonial life
• Sample regional port among the rum barrels left over for the 1860s
• Watch the sound and light show of the arrival of the first boatload of immigrants in 1862
• See exhibits and interactive displays
• Be there for the firing of the historic time cannon at 11am each Thursday
• See the medals of the nations most decorated war hero’s
The Portside Heritage Gateway Pass is available from participating museums: Bond Store Museum, Customs House Interpretive Centre and the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, and also the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre. Open daily from 9.30am. Wharf Street. Phone: 4190 5722.
Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum – Visit one of only three preserved retail stores in the world and discover what shopping was like over 130 years ago at this National Trust Museum at 64 Lennox Street. Opened in 1871, the store ceased trading in 1972 complete with stock dating back to the 1890s. Open 7 days a week 10am to 3pm.
Nestled in a curve of the Mary River lies Maryborough, a City of contrast, the cultural and historic centre of the Fraser Coast.
Things to see and do in Maryborough
Plaza 4 Cinemas - 65-85 Bazaar Street
Come and see the latest films at the Plaza 4 Cinemas, located in the Coles Plaza Shopping
Maryborough Heritage Gateway
TRAILS & ATTRACTIONS
Magical Mary Discovery Trail Brochure
Explore the birthplace of Mary Poppins author PL Travers.
Drive Tour Maryborough
This self-drive tour will help you discover the city’s unique character and takes approximately 1.5 hours.
Discover Fraser Coast Country Map and Trail Guide
Discover the rural charms of the Fraser Coast Hinterland.
Fraser Coast Discovery Trail - Phone App
A choice to suit your interests with detailed information and special deals and free rewards. For free download visit: www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/phone-app
PARKS & WILDLIFE
Queens Park – This spectacular, Inner City Park boasts river views, a waterfall, band rotunda, wishing well, children’s playground and picnic, BBQ and toilet facilities. The first trees were planted in 1864, with the majestic Banyan Fig planted well before 1900.
Ululah Lagoon – The Lagoon was first cleared in 1859 to form Maryborough’s water supply. It is now a beautiful park and bird sanctuary with a skate park, children’s playground as well as BBQ, picnic and toilet facilities.
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary – Feed Kangaroos, Wallabies and Emus, check out Reptiles and Pythons and learn more about Australia’s largest predator the Dingo. Open 7 Days 10am to 5pm. 79 Mungar Road.
Fraser Coast Discovery Sphere – The Fraser Coast is a stunning tapestry of nature’s wonders. As part of the Great Sandy Biosphere, our diverse natural attractions are officially recognised in the same class as the Galapagos Islands and Central Amazon.
The Discovery Sphere provides the ideal starting point to immerse yourself in the beauty of our region. Open 7 days 10am-4pm. 166 Old Maryborough Road, Pialba.
Fraser Island – A World Heritage wonder and a must do on any east coast itinerary. Experience a relaxing escape, a fun family holiday, a 4WD adventure or a romantic getaway. Tour bookings available at the Visitor Information Centre.
Maryborough Light Horse & Military Museum
Affiliated with the Australian Light Horse Association Ltd. and registered with Museums Australia. Phone appointments only.
Heritage City Walking Tours
Discover Maryborough's colourful past with a one-hour guided walk with city ambassador Mary Heritage. The walks depart 9am, Monday to Friday, from City Hall in Kent Street.
Colourful bollards overlook the Mary River from Macalister Street. They represent a sea captain and family of immigrants landing in 1860.
Queens Park - Sussex Street
Over 100 years old, picturesque Queens Park overlooks the Mary River and features a waterfall, lily pond and band rotunda. The Park was vested as a Botanical Gardens Reserve in 1864. Note the many tine trees, including the magnificent Ban Yan Fig, planted about 1900.
The park has picnic tables, barbecue facilities, toilets and a children's play area.
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens - Kent Street
Take time to smell the roses in Elizabeth Park with over 3000 flowers. The park was a cemetery until 1812.
Anzac Park / Ululah Lagoon - Alice Street
Horse-drawn scoops were used to clear the billabong in 1859 to form Maryborough's first water supply. The area is now a beautiful park, centred on the lagoon and bordered by a walk and cycle path. There is a skate park, children's fort, flying fox and other play equipment, barbecue and picnic facilities and a toilet block.
Teddington Weir -Teddington Road
Just a short 11.5km drive from the City, Teddington Weir has barbecue, picnic and toilet facilities, children's play area and wading pool. Take a walk along the Vineforest Trail, a patch of remnant ?dry rainforest? with over 200 plant species.
Things to see and do in the surrounding area
Situated 20km south of Maryborough, along the Cooloola Coast Highway. Maaroom is a small friendly fishing village on the water front with views to Fraser Island. Bring your fishing gear or just enjoy the breathtaking bird and marine life.
Boonooroo / Tuan
Tennis court, bike and boat hire available, Boonooroo offers more options for recreational pursuits whilst you enjoy the peaceful surrounds of the Great Sandy Strait. Approximately 6 km south of Maaroom, with bowls club, golf course,
Another 20km along the coast is the small village of Poona. This quiet peaceful village offers natural surrounds, which can be enjoyed by taking a long walk along the beach, watching the bird life and discovering the region's wildflowers. Beachfront access gives you a great view
across the water to Fraser Island.
Achievers Walk - Wharf Street
This series of plaques honour residents who, through their achievements, have gone on to
become extraordinary Australians.
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