Places of interest in historic Wharf Street
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum
Acknowledged as one of the top community museums in Australia, the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum is a 'must see' during your time in Maryborough. The museum has on display over 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia. More information.
The Bond Store Museum
The Bond Store represents the development of Maryborough as an important river port during the pre-Federation era. The earthen floor and ancient handmade bricks in the original 1864 building downstairs still exist, as do many of the liquor barrels left over from that time.
Maryborough Heritage Centre
The Maryborough Family Heritage Institute holds one of the largest collections of genealogy records in Queensland and the Maryborough District Family History Society provides vital research resources for the genealogist and anyone interested in genealogy and their family tree.
More than 20,000 immigrants came into Queensland through Maryborough and there is an extensive amount of research material available along with the passenger lists.
At Maryborough Portside, seven colourful bollards overlook the Mary River. They represent a sea captain welcoming a family of immigrants.
In and Around Maryborough
A walking tour brochure is available at the Visitor Information Centre for you to explore the heritage of Maryborough's City heart and Portside Precinct at your leisure. Taking a guided walking tour of the city, you'll 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 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil.
Enjoy a morning at the Maryborough Market, every Thursday from 7am to 12noon in the Central Business District of Maryborough on Adelaide and Ellena Streets.
Relax in the atmosphere of music, entertainers, hot food stalls, farm fresh produce, handmade craft, homemade treats, artwork, jewellery, clothes, natural beauty products, cut flowers and unique wares.
Steam Train Ride
Maryborough's 'Mary Ann', is a full sized replica of the first steam locomotive built in Queensland in 1873. The 'Mary Ann' operates every Thursday (market day in Maryborough) betwen 9am and 12:30pm and the last Sunday of the month at 9am in Queens Park.
The museum is located on the site of the heritage-listed Maryborough railway station and contains a small, but remarkable, collection of railway memorabilia.
The Whistle Stop Museum is open from 9am to 1pm every Thursday (Market Day) and also on the last Sunday of the month. More information.
Mary Poppins Statue
This bronze statue of the much-loved nanny was erected through community involvement and is located on the corner of Kent and Richmond Streets.
Mary Poppins' creator, author P.L. Travers, was born Helen Lyndon Goff, in one of the rooms on the second floor of the building adjacent to the statue.
Celebrations of Maryborough's links to P.L. Travers happen each year in September at the Mary Poppins Festival in the Park.
Maryborough Mural Trail
Started in 2015, Maryborough now has over 30 murals and installations throughout the Central Business District, arranged into a trail to attract both tourists and locals. The murals tell the quirky and serious stories of the city's colourful past.
See website for more information... https://maryboroughmuralproject.org
Brennan and Geraghty's Store Museum
64 Lennox Street.
The old grocery store is one of only three museum stores in the world where the contents have been preserved in original condition. The collection contains more than 100,000 relics such as rusty tins from World War II, and long-forgotten Australian brands like Brasso, Super Rinso and Chief Floor Polish.
Open Tuesday to Thursday 10am to 3pm (last entry at 2pm).
Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary
79 Mungar Road. Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm.
Experience genuine Australian fauna such as dingos, kangaroos, reptiles, emus, turtles, native birds and ducks. You can also stay for a picnic or barbecue. Experience 'true blue' dingo interactions. Kangaroo, wallaby and emu feeding at 2pm each day. More information.
Great Sandy Strait
Visit the small fishing villages of Maaroom, Boonooroo, Tuan, and Poona. These areas are great for boating and fishing. Take the Tin Can Bay Road.
These villages offer access to the Great Sandy Strait which is recognised by the Convention on Wetlands of International Importance and was declared a RAMSAR site in 1999.
The Great Sandy Strait is also a designated dugong sanctuary. Turtles and dolphins are also frequently spotted. This area is a valuable roosting area for migratory trans-equatorial shorebirds with almost 30,000 birds stopping annually.
Nature and photography enthusiasts will love the opportunity to capture the rare wonderland nature has created in this vicinity. Take a supply of insect repellent, as the area is known to be frequented by midges, especially during summer.
Mayne Street (Bruce Highway), Tiaro
Fraser Coast Hinterland
Discover wonderful bushland, quaint towns, hotels from another era and the original home of the macadamia nut. Visit the towns of the Fraser Coast Hinterland – Tiaro, Bauple, Gundiah,
Gootchie, Glenwood, Netherby, Antigua, Miva and the many hidden gems that can be found in the area.
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