A trip to Maryborough allows visitors to catch a glimpse of Australia’s past. Its abundant examples of colonial and Queenslander architecture, majestic public buildings retain its early character through the use of local timber with is size and design. The city’s beautiful gardens set it apart.
A free guided tour is available at 9 in the morning Monday through Saturdays. Peek inside at Brennan and Geraghty’s Store, a time-capsule corner store, preserved by the National Trust and catch a glimpse of earlier days. Discover the fascinating port history of Maryborough at the Bond Store Museum and Customs House in the Wharf Street precinct.
Favorite activities to do in Maryborough are golfing, shopping, fishing and boating in the Mary River. Maryborough is near the Fraser Coast & South Burnett adding to the activities a tourist may engage in. For AU$20 – 35, you can take a River Cruise which includes a barbeque lunch and a commentary entertaining guest with tales of the past.
Maryborough’s industrial base established over one hundred years ago still has the original base industries of engineering, sugar and timber. Olds Engine House displays a collection of famous models by Australia’s foremost model engineer, William Olds. The engineering works and foundry, which are still operating, have a reputation for variety and quality and are fascinating for all visitors.
A visit to the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute assists visitors in researching their family trees. It is also there to provide the history of buildings, war veterans or railway constructions, or to help organize family or immigrant ship reunions. Visitors to Maryborough can choose where to sleep including self- contained units, cozy bed and breakfasts, quality motels, caravan and camping parks.
Once a favorite spot for aboriginal corroborees, the area is now a beautiful park, centered on the Ululah Lagoon. The citizenry used horse-drawn scoops to clear the lagoon to form Maryborough’s first water supply in 1859. Surrounded by a walk and cycle path, the lagoon is frequently used by the abundant wildlife who make the lagoon home.
Anzac Park being Maryborough’s major playground contains a skate bowl, children’s fort, flying fox and other play equipment, barbecues, picnic facilities and toilet blocks. The park also has facilities for visitors with a disability including a liberty swing. Bird watching and cycling are favorite pastimes here.
Events that tourists can enjoy are the Country Music Stampede and the World’s Greatest Pub Fest during June; The Mary Poppin’s Festival in the Park on July 3; the RACQ Technology Challenge Maryborough, a speed race for teenagers occurs in September 10 and 11; and Australian Modified Production Open, the biggest car race in the country occurs New Year’s weekend.