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Take a unique journey through The Great War in the Gallipoli to Armistice memorial in Maryborough, Queensland.

A Bronze statue of Maryborough man and first Anzac ashore Lt Duncan Chapman stands in front of an 8-metre steel representation of the cliffs of Gallipoli.

Chapman became the first Anzac when he stepped ashore from a rowed boat near dawn on April 25, 1915.  Footsteps from the statue lead to a scale model of the bow of that boat, shaped from ironbark.

Continue the Military trail to the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum. The museum, with more than 10,000 artefacts, is the best facility outside of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra as a place to connect with the nation’s military past.

Fraser Coast Military Trail

Explore over 20 points of interest across the Fraser Coast region that tell the stories of the brave men and women who went to war and how they are connected to our region. The wreck of the former hospital ship Maheno and remnants of the Z Special Unit training camp on Fraser Island, a rare memorial bridge at Brooweena and a dramatic life-size statue of an Australian light horseman in Hervey Bay are among more than 20 stops.

Heritage

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Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum

While discovering the military past behind the Fraser Coast region, the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum is a must visit. The museum houses the largest collection of war memorabilia outside the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

You’ll find 7,000 items of memorabilia including two of the most historically significant medals groups to the Australian soldiers in the Vietnam War fromn 1964 – 1973.

The museum is part of the larger Fraser Coast Military Trail and is within walking distance from the Galipolli to Armistice Memorial in Queens Park.

Fraser Island’s Military Past

Fraser Island (K’gari) has a deep connection to past military efforts and lots of stories to be explored. The island was home to the Fraser Commando School from 1943 – 1945 where Australia’s Special Operations Programme trained over 900 personnel, known as the Z Special Unit, to ensure they were ready for war. The site is located on the western side of the Island, about 1.6 kilometers south of Kingfisher Bay. Over on the eastern side of the island, you’ll find the wreck of the SS Maheno. The Maheno was driven ashore just north of Happy Valley during a cyclone in 1935. Acting as a hospital ship in World War I, the wreck was also used for bombing practice for World War II by Z Special Unit commandos and the Royal Australian Air Force. 

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Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

The Multi Award Winning Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum features 27 historical buildings housing over 12,000 exhibits from the Fraser Coast and Wide Bay area; these exhibits include a fully-furnished slab cottage, built in 1898, the Goodwood Railway Station, the first Dundowran Hall, the original Dundowran State School, a fully equipped blacksmith shop, cane harvesting machinery, horse drawn buggies shed, restored IHC three horse power engine, petrol driven washing machine, school and music room, and Hervey Bay’s original Methodist Church, built in 1901, is now available for weddings.

The village comes alive on Sundays when their volunteers dressed in period clothes demonstrate old time crafts. See the blacksmith make a horseshoe, treadle the 100 year old wood lathe and help make your own souvenir wooden goblet. Come and turn the handles on the corn shelling machine or join the Rope Maker and make a souvenir piece of rope on a 100 year old machine for free.

Three new displays opened on Australia Day 2018, a Fire Station, a Cobblers Shop and a Barbers Shop. With over 3 acres of displays, allow at least two hours to view, more on Sundays when the demonstrations are live.

Galleries, Museums and Collections

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery
Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (HBRG) is a public gallery located on Butchulla Country in the…

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Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum
Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum

The Multi Award Winning Hervey Bay Historical Village and Museum features 27 historical buildings housing…

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Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum
Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum

The unusual, the quirky and eclectic are amongst 7000 items of military and colonial memorabilia,…

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Australiana Cottage Crafts and Herbs

Recognised as one of Australia’s leading Arts and Crafts Galleries, you are sure to be…

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Portside Heritage Gateway

Portside Heritage Gateway – your first port of call. Settled way back in 1847, Maryborough…

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Bond Store

*Due to flooding this year the Bond Store is temporarily closed for building maintenance, we…

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Maryborough Town Hall Green

For many decades Maryborough Town Hall Green has been a place for residents and visitors…

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Customs House and Residence

The glorious colonial architecture of the Customs House and Residence, honours the once significant influence…

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Alpha31 Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden

The Art Gallery showcases art of the highest calibre. Its award-winning artists display their art…

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The Story Bank

Once upon a time, a baby girl was born in the upstairs bedroom at the…

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Bauple Museum

The Bauple Museum was opened in 2001. An impressive community effort, the museum documents the…

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Gatakers Building

Featured on Maryborough’s Walk and Drive Tour – Gatakers Building and the warehouse behind are…

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The Maryborough Mural Trail
The Maryborough Mural Trail

Be inspired by Maryborough’s growing tourist attraction and walk the Mural Trail, telling the quirky…

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Ellena Street Pavement Art and Sculpture

Enjoy tributes to the heritage of Maryborough with the Ellena Street Pavement Artwork. Primary School…

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Maryboroughs Bollards

Maryboroughs Bollards are seven colourful bollards overlooking the Mary River. They represent a sea captain…

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Landmarks and Buildings

Ellena Street Pavement Art and Sculpture

Enjoy tributes to the heritage of Maryborough with the Ellena Street Pavement Artwork. Primary School…

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St Pauls Anglican Church Maryborough

Maryborough Anglican Parish is one of the oldest parishes in Queensland with its beginnings traceable…

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Mary Ann Steam Engine

The Mary Ann is a replica of the first steam engine built in Queensland in…

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Brooklyn House Howard

Brooklyn House was built for William Rankin by Howard carpenter, Stephen Ward, in 1890. Rankin…

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Excelsior Band Hall

Maryborough’s modern Excelsior Band Hall replaces the earlier hall destroyed by fire in 1987. It…

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Bridge Creek War Memorial Bridge

A timber bridge over a small creek west of Maryborough leads nowhere today yet it…

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School of Arts

This School of Arts building was constructed in the classic revival style in 1887 and…

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Cenotaph and Memorial Gates

The Maryborough Cenotaph was erected in 1922 with funds obtained by public subscription as a…

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HMAS Tobruk Dive

A new diving attraction to the Fraser Coast. The 127 metre heavy-lift former navy ship…

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The Story Bank

Once upon a time, a baby girl was born in the upstairs bedroom at the…

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Birthplace of PL Travers

Featured on Maryborough’s Walk and Drive Tour – this rendered brick building, the Former Australian…

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Old Maryborough Railway Station

Built in 1882, the heritage listed Maryborough Railway Station features a Victorian design. The stationmaster’s…

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J E Brown Warehouse

J E Brown commenced business as a provisions and victuals merchant in 1857 in Richmond…

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264 Kent Street

264 Kent Street is another great addition to the variety of historically significant buildings to…

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Maryborough City Hall

Designed by Brisbane architects Hall and Dods in American colonial style, Maryborough City Hall was…

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Bauple Heritage Trail

The Bauple Heritage Trail acknowledges the rich historical foundations of the small village of Bauple…

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Central Station

Originally established as a forestry camp when there was logging on world heritage listed Fraser…

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Band Rotunda and Fairy Fountain

Miss Janet Melville bequeathed the Fairy Fountain and Band Rotunda in memory of her brother…

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Mary Poppins Statue

Located on the corner of Kent and Richmond streets a statue of Mary Poppins stands…

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Brooweena War Memorial

Brooweena War Memorial, found in the Woocoo Historical Museum’s grounds, has a one-off soldier statue…

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