Just three hours from Brisbane while exploring the Fraser Coast, a trip to the historical town of Maryborough is a must. Maryborough’s striking art, statues, heritage buildings, memorials and museums tell the story of a town that was once one of Australia’s largest port. Maryborough was one of Queensland’s industrial powerhouses in the final decade of the 19th century, producing naval ships, sugar milling equipment and railway rolling stock.
For those intrigued in military can delve into Fraser Coast’s rich military history, spending a day at the new Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park will not disappoint. The memorial features a sculpture of Lieutenant Duncan Chapman – the first Australian ashore at Gallipoli. A walk through the memorial is filled with audio and visual stories of the many men and women from Maryborough who served at war for Australia
After enjoying the memorial, take a stroll and visit the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum showcasing the largest collection of military artifacts outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
Maryborough’s historic charms don’t stop there – head to Cherry Tree Lane on Richmond Street to find the statue of Mary Poppins beside the 136-year-old bank building where her creator, Pamela Lyndon Travers, was born in 1889. The building has now been transformed into the Story Bank – a bank that trades in stories. Enter the Bank and interact with the characters and settings from the world famous Mary Poppins stories.
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Learn about Maryborough’s military past at the Galipolli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park
Take the Anzac walk at Maryborough’s Galipolli to Armistice, World War I Memorial in Queens Park. The interactive memorial opened in July 2018 and will guide you on a unique journey through The Great War. The experience is centred around Maryborough man, Lt Duncan Chapman, who was the first man ashore in Galipolli in 1915.
Discover Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum
Discover the nation’s military past at the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum. The museum houses more than 10,000 medals, artefacts and items of war memoriabilia. This large display of artefacts to explore makes the museum home to the largest collection outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberrra.
Let creativity run wild in the birthplace of Mary Poppins author, P.L Travers
Discover Maryborough’s unique connection with Mary Poppins in the birthplace of her author P.L Travers. The heritage-listed birthplace that was formly the Australian Joint Bank Exchange, has now been transformed into the Story Bank. As you step inside you’ll enter a world filled to the brim with stories, where you can let your creative imagination run wild.
Follow the Maryborough Mural Trail
Follow the trail and be inspired by the artistic gems that cover buildings in the Maryborough CBD and tell the quirky stories of the city’s colourful past. The Mural trail which was launched in 2015, now has over 30 murals and installments to be uncovered. You can start your journey at the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre to find out how the trail began. Click here for further information.
Join a free guided city walk
Discover a fascinating city and its colourful past. Your informative guide will help you uncover the city’s unique character highlighting historic sites and buildings on your 60 minute, easy pace tour. Bookings are essential and can be made at the Maryborough Visitor Centre, City Hall or by phoning 1800 214 789. Tour departs from City Hall at 9 am Monday, Wednesday & Thursday’s weather dependent. There are no tours on public holidays.
Journey into a colonial past at the Bond Store
Learn all about a time in in Maryborough’s history when opium was a legal import and the rum trade flourished. You can walk around the Bond Store which dates back to 1864 and still keeps some of its original floors and barrel rails. Tip: If you’re looking for a unique experience, you can’t go past ‘tipples and tales’, where you can hear the intriguing stories from the Gauger himself and taste some local tipples.
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