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A town steeped in history, Maryborough boasts a relaxed atmosphere and is nestled upon the Mary River. With beautifully preserved colonial streets, visitors have the chance to soak up some of Queensland's richest history and heritage architecture. Once one of Australia's largest ports, and now voted one of Queensland's "Must Do" experiences, the original wharf district is now home to vintage restaurants, pubs, museums and art galleries.

Maryborough is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins and visit the heritage-listed building where she was born, explore the streets on which she grew up and enjoy the striking public art that explores the themes of her novels.

A must when visiting Maryborough is a visit to it's famous weekly markets. Every Thursday the city centre transforms into a bustling outdoor market with a great variety of art, craft and fresh produce.

End the week with Sunday in the Park - a lazy Sunday morning of fun, food, brass bands, steam ride trains and river cruises!

Maryborough: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Maryborough City Heart Markets


Every Thursday, Maryborough's city centre undergoes an amazing transformation into a colourful outdoor heritage bazaar.

Wander around over 120 stalls with an amazing array of farm fresh produce and unique wares. Original hand-made craft, homemade treats, artwork, jewellery, clothes, accessories, natural beauty products and gorgeous cut flowers.

Meet a cast of characters in historical dress, including the Town Crier, and hear the firing of the historic time cannon at 1pm. Soak up the atmosphere of music and entertainers.

Enjoy hot food stalls, relax at an inner city caf? or find wonderful condiments and gourmet pantry items to take home.

Make a day of it in the city and join a guided Heritage Walk Tour from outside the City Hall at 9am or ride on a replica steam engine through nearby Queens Park.

The atmosphere is vibrant, with plenty to see and do. Looking forward to seeing you there!




Corner of Lennox and Kent Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.0K from Maryborough

Maryborough Town Hall Green


For many decades Maryborough Town Hall Green has been a place for residents and visitors to meet and is a popular vantage point to sit and watch the passing parade. It was here at the site of the first Maryborough court house, police station and gaol, that in 1877, gallows and a hangman were brought from Brisbane and two felons were publicly hung.

There are four large etchings adjacent to the Commonwealth Bank titled "Five O'clock Whistle" which represent aspects of Maryborough's history. Hundreds of workers from the various factories of lower Kent Street, Walkers Limited, the Sugar Factory, Hynes Timber Mill and the Shipyards would cycle home at 5pm, often four and five abreast up Kent Street. At the Adelaide Street intersection, the police would sometimes stop traffic so they could ride through.

Five characters from the Mary Poppins books are etched on the brick plinths on the green closer to Kent Street and five more are in the footpath at the foot of the ramp. These may be reproduced by placing a sheet of paper on each and rubbing with a pencil.




388-396 Kent Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.1K from Maryborough

Maryborough City Hall


Designed by Brisbane architects Hall and Dods in American colonial style, Maryborough City Hall was erected in 1908 to replace the original timber Town Hall which stood on the opposite side of Kent Street. The exterior was built with locally made Meredith bricks and red cedar was used extensively throughout the interior. In 1935 the clock tower, curtain tower and stage were added.

The auditorium features a semi-circular barrel-vault ceiling. Elaborate classical detail adorns the stage, columns and the proscenium and features Maryborough's city emblem - the Crimson Bottlebrush. The Hall was restored and refurbished in early 1990.

Call in to the Visitor Information Centre at City Hall, enjoy a free daily guided heritage walking tour or see the firing of the time cannon each Thursday on the City Hall Green.




388 Kent Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.1K from Maryborough

School of Arts


This School of Arts building was constructed in the classic revival style in 1887 and contained a library, museum, reading room, technical college and a billiard room. It replaced the first School of Arts built in 1861.

In 1958, it housed the first Ringrose Library in Queensland where books were available to external students of the University of Queensland. The library features a timber mezzanine gallery and is now home to the Maryborough and Wide Bay Burnett Historical Society. The keystone above the doorway features Minerva the goddess of wisdom.

The classically inspired symmetrical facade of this two story masonry building has a commanding street presence in Maryborough.




429 Kent Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.1K from Maryborough

Former Stuparts Building


Featured on Maryborough's Walk and Drive Tour - Mr Stupart purchased his first business in Maryborough in 1871, unfortunately he lost it all in the 1876 fire. He soon rebuilt the two-storey Criterion building, Former Stuparts Building, facing Kent Street (est 1871 on facade). Then the two-storey block on the Bazaar Street corner was completed in 1883 which he called The Drapery Palace.

The business expanded along Bazaar Street in 1914 and a third storey was added to this extension in 1920. This historical building was also home to the firm of David Jones which traded in Maryborough from 1977 until 1981.




200 Bazaar Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.2K from Maryborough

Bauer and Wiles Memorial Fountain


Australia's only outbreak of the pneumonic plague was in Maryborough in 1905. This fountain, situated to the Lennox Street side of City Hall, is a memorial to the two Nurses Cecilia Bauer and Rose Wiles who courageously volunteered to nurse victims of the plague. Whilst looking after their patients both nurses fell ill and died from the deadly disease.




Lennox Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.2K from Maryborough

Band Rotunda and Fairy Fountain


Miss Janet Melville bequeathed the Fairy Fountain and Band Rotunda in memory of her brother Andrew who was Mayor of Maryborough in 1863. The entire structure was imported from Scotland in 1890 after the Hon. A.H. Wilson MLA saw it at the Glasgow Exhibition and acquired it as a suitable memorial.

In 1905, the fountain was moved from under the ornate roof of the rotunda to its present site to allow the use of the rotunda as a performance area.
Last Sunday of the Month activities in the park feature live brass bands performing in the rotunda and miniature steam trains.




Lennox Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.2K from Maryborough

Queens Park In Maryborough


Queens Park was established in 1860 and many of its beautiful huge trees were planted before 1900.

Features of the Park are the fernery, waterfall and lily pond, lace-trimmed band rotunda built in 1890 and listed by the National Trust and the 13 centimetre Gauge Model Railway built by the Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association.

On the last Sunday each month the Association meet in Queens Park to relive the steam age in the chug of engines, the glow of brass and coal fires and the cheery sound of the whistle. Also to be heard and seen are Maryborough's Brass Bands playing in the rotunda.

The Park is a cool retreat with a waterfall, flowers, shrubs and trees, it is situated within an easy stroll of the City Hall and overlooks the Mary River.




Sussex Street
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.2K from Maryborough

Maryborough: Events

Free Guided Maryborough Heritage Walk Tour


Take a guided walking tour of the city with one of their local guides. Dressed in period costume, their guides will help you discover Maryborough's colourful past and take you back to a time when Maryborough was a thriving port, and the place where about 22,000 new settlers took their first steps on Australian soil.

Free tours depart City Hall Monday to Saturday at 9am. The tour is weather dependent.


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Kent Street,
City Hall
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.3K from Maryborough

Maryborough: Travel Tips

Maryborough Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre


The Maryborough Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre is located at City Hall on Kent Street in Maryborough.

This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by skilled and knowledgeable locals, the Maryborough Fraser Island Visitor Information Centre can provide advice on the things to see, things to do and where to eat. Discuss with the friendly staff your travel plans or make a booking




388 Kent Street,
City Hall
Maryborough, QLD, 4650

Located 0.1K from Maryborough

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