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Maryborough Queensland

A lovely town with majestic architectures on the Mary River near the Fraser Coast.


At a Glance

Maryborough is known as the 'Heritage City of Queensland'. Well-preserved buildings from the 19th and 20th century are dotted all around the city, making it an amazing sight for tourists.

Maryborough was at some point one of the largest port in all of Australia, and is now one of the most popular place to go in Queensland. Its original wharf district is now a popular place for tourist to walk around and explore the amazing food, drinks, artworks and architectures. There are plenty of museums and art gallery for you to explore, weekly heritage markets are also held, showcasing many local productions. It is also the hometown to the author of the iconic children's book character Mary Poppins, to commemorate this, the city have a statue of Mary Poppins erected as well as having interesting signage and traffic lights signs that makes reference to the character.


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Where is Maryborough?

 

Maryborough is 256 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Maryborough is situated inland in the Fraser Coast region on The Mary River. However, Maryborough is still relatively near to the sea, with easy access to the famous Fraser Island. There are many means that you can get to Maryborough, it is within 3 hours drive from Brisbane, or you could get there by rail, air or coach.


 

Things to see in Maryborough

 

War Memorial and Museums

Maryborough had a history of active participation in war efforts of the country, as a result, there is a proud military tradition in the city. Inhabitants from Maryborough had been active in many wars, including the World Wars, the Vietnam War and more. This legacy is proudly displayed in the city in forms of memorials and museums. There are the Duncan Chapman Memorial and the First World War Memorial situated at Queens Park so we could remember the brave souls that fought to protect the freedom of the future generation. The Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum also showcases the awards the bravemen had garnered during battles.

War Memorial and Museums

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Mary Poppins Festival

Every mid-year, the city of Maryborough celebrates the art of storytelling to commemorate one of the most iconic children's book character of all time: Mary Poppins, whose author were a resident of Maryborough. The riverside parks and heritage streets would come to life with people in costumes and many themed activities, similar to the scenes in Mary Poppins. There will be lots of performances ranging from music, circus, puppet shows to storytelling that you can enjoy. Poetry and writing competitions that motivate the youth to be creative and get writing will also be held, providing an avenue for newer works to come into the public.

Mary Poppins Festival

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Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

One place to not miss in Maryborough is the Maryborough City Hall, a majestic heritage-listed town hall built in the early 1900s. Despite being such an old building, it is still currently in use and some events are even held in it. As you visit the City Hall, you can also join in the free Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour that starts off at 9am every day except Sunday from the City Hall, where experienced guides dressed in period costumes will guide you around town and tell the fascinating stories of Maryborough and its past as a thriving port.

Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour

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Maryborough Heritage City Market

Every Thursday the city centre will spring to life with a great variety of colourful stores and good music into the Maryborough Heritage City Market. Explore over 120 stalls with a lot of interesting and fascinating items, fresh produce and delicious food for sale. Entertainment will not be lacking during this time as many great entertainers and musicians take to the streets to show off their arts. You can also join in on a Heritage Walk Tour from the City Hall, or ride on a steam engine through Queens Park! Be sure to not miss the historic time cannon firing at 1pm.

Maryborough Heritage City Market

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What's the weather like?

 

Maryborough experiences a subtropical climate where it is rainy during summer and dry during winter. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 30°C with an average minimum of 20°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 22°C with an average minimum of 9°C.

 

Get to know Maryborough's history

 

Maryborough lies within the country of the Gubbi Gubbi people. The name 'Maryborough' came by because it lies on the Mary River.

The town was founded in 1847 and it became a city in 1905. It was one of the oldest city in Queensland. In the early day of its establishment, Maryborough had seen a great struggle between the original inhabitants and colonial entrepreneurs. There were constant raids, ambushes and massacres committed by both parties, leading to a lot of death. Maryborough was a thriving port back then, facilitating commerce, trades and industry, attracting many settlers to the city, allowing it to grow to what it is today.