Mary Poppins Festival


Mary Poppins in the Park

Saturday 7 July 2018

10am - 4pm

Maryborough’s riverside parks and heritage streetscapes come to life just like scenes from Mary Poppins with a host of costumed characters and delightfully themed activities and entertainment. Nanny races, chimney sweep challenges, chalk drawings, street theatre, and circus shows are all part of a packed program that included the grand parade.

Pop up performances and live music from local artists will delight the crowd.

There will be children’s workshops filled with hands-on, creative sessions involving storytelling, puppets, circus acts, kites, yoga and umbrellas add to the fun of this famous annual celebration.  Mary Poppins in the Park will be held on 7 July 2018!

Proud Mary's 2018

Literary & Poetry Competition

The Annual Literary Awards competition is for young creative writers and poets residing in the Fraser Coast Region. The competition was established in 2000 to commemorate the writer P.L. Travers, the creator of Mary Poppins who was born in Maryborough, and offers nearly $1800.00 in prizes.

Entry details to be announced at the festival.





Kate Knapp: Ruby Red Shoes goes to London

10:30am - 12pm - Customs House Residence


Mary's River Cruise Singalong

11am, 12pm & 1pm

Marina Terminal

Join Mary Poppins and some of her friends on a pleasant cruise along the Mary River. With song highlights from the beloved movie and musical you'll get to sing along to these classics, take a photo with the characters and enjoy the sights of the relaxing Mary River.

Tickets $15.00

Justin DÁth: Magic of the Written Word

11:00am & 1:30pm - Bond Store, Lower Level

 Justin D’Ath has written more than 50 books for children and young adults, including the internationally best-selling Extreme Adventures, which have been translated into seven languages and made into a TV series. 

Justin’s other series are Mission Fox (8 books) and Lost World Circus (6 books). Justin’s YA thriller Three was published in June 2016. 

Six of his books have been CBC Notable Books. Justin’s books, with their short chapters and non-stop action, have introduced many reluctant readers, both in Australia and overseas, to the pleasure of reading.

Kate Knapp is an Australian artist and author who will be doing a one-hour reading of "Ruby Red Shoes goes to London" plus a meet-and-greet and question time. Ruby Red Shoes is a white hare who lives in a prettily painted caravan with her grandmother. 

Ruby is gentle and kind, cheery and enchanting. Ruby and her grandmother love to travel and now they are in London, the home of red buses, red telephone boxes and red letterboxes. 

The Proud Mary's present: Mary's Morning Tea


Proud Mary's Stage

Join the founders of the Mary Poppins Festival as they introduce you to the characters of the Mary Poppins Books. Local performances to watch and, of course, morning tea will be served.