If the walls of Maryborough’s city centre could talk, they would no doubt emulate the bright swirls and strokes of the thirty-seven pieces that make up the Maryborough Mural Trail. Officially launched back in 2015, the two-kilometre trail is nestled amongst Maryborough’s quaint streetscapes and Heritage-listed city centre. Recently making it onto the iconic Australian Silo Art Trail, it mu-really must make it onto your Fraser Coast itinerary!
The colourful and quirky stories behind one of Queensland’s oldest townships are beautifully restored throughout the city’s CBD, thoughtfully captured by local artists. The project allows visitors to glimpse into the past, and paints a practically perfect picture of the rich culture and history that continues to thrive in the area.
Mural maunders can spend as little or as much time on the trail, from one section, or all thirty-seven across a day or two. Split into an array of different categories, a lot of the inspiration for the trail comes from a time when it was Queensland’s major industrial city, building naval ships, sugar mills, and railway rolling stock.
Don’t forget a hat and water bottle, and let your imagination run wild as you embark through tales and legends of Maryborough and the Fraser Coast; from brumbies to warplanes and the bottom-breathing turtle (yes you read that right). A treasure hunt of a different kind, the Maryborough Mural Trail is suitable for all ages and abilities (including wheelchair access), from history buffs, families and Instagrammers alike.
But where to begin?! Make sure you grab a trail map from the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre at City Hall, which includes some useful hints and shortcuts to make sure your adventure on the trail gets off on the right foot.
Some of our favourite #instaworthy murals
If time is of the essence, don’t worry. We have hand-selected some of our favourites, so all you have to do is put on those walking shoes and head straight to Horsburgh Lane. It is here that you’ll find the quirky Mary River Turtle, Red Baron, Under the Sea, The Girl and the Croc, and then on the other side of the building facing Bazaar Street, the Comet Man and The Brumbies mural.
“Under the Sea” by E.J Zyla
This mural showcases Hervey Bay’s marine ecology, it evokes a sense of curiosity and wonders about the Fraser Coast region. The jellyfish, manta ray, tiger and whale shark depicted form the region’s rich biodiversity, and a part of a world yet to be widely seen and understood by man.
“The Peace Mural” by E.J Zyla
The Peace Mural is Maryborough’s wish in a time of world conﬂict about race, sex and religion for continued tolerance and acceptance, where people celebrate difference and live in peace. The mural is designed to complement the Peace Cake sculpture in City Hall at the beginning of the trail, focusing on the word “peace”.
“The Girl and the Croc” by Dan Krause
Artist Dan Krause got his inspiration from a photograph of a young girl sitting on a four-meter crocodile after it was shot in the Mary River in 1903. It was later put on display and contributions to a collection box raised significant funds for the local hospital appeal.
Stay and play
Forget about Rome, because when in Maryborough, you’re going to want to stop by Alowishus Delicious to curb those midday cravings – because mural-hopping can be seriously hard work! Your #instaworthy journey continues inside, with some seriously delicious-looking, light snacks and meals from the grab and go fridge, so you can get back to the trail sooner. There are also dine-in options available if you need to give those feet a rest.
Oh, and don’t forget to grab a scoop or two of their gelato. You can thank us later.
Hungry for more? Make sure you head to The Story Bank (birthplace of Mary Poppins author P.L Travers), visit the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum, grab a Portside Heritage Gateway Pass, and pay a visit to the Maryborough Markets, held every Thursday, from early morning to midday.