Maryborough is a complete visitor experience like no other
With its glorious colonial architecture, outstanding museums, riverside dining and magnificent parklands - Maryborough is a “must-see” attraction.
Settled way back in 1847, Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest cities, and was one of the largest immigration ports after Sydney in the late 1800s. More than 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil after months at sea in Maryborough.
Visitors can discover what the early years were like in the Australian colony with a visit to its historic port area - the Portside Heritage Gateway.
The port is long dormant, but its history and gloriously preserved buildings remain – along with a sense of time suspended. It is here you will find around 13 heritage-listed buildings open to the public as museums, restaurants and galleries, and as a daily witness to the city's past.
The Mary River, which winds and bends around the City of Maryborough, defines the Portside precinct. To one end is the magnificent Brolga Theatre, an $11 million world-class theatre, host to national and international artists. Book-ending the precinct is the historic marina.
Two magnificent riverside parklands – Queens Park botanic gardens and the Mary River Parklands – connect the Brolga to the marina and to stunning streets of preserved colonial architecture. The parklands provide a natural avenue into Wharf and Richmond streets - where colonial streetscapes appear as they did over 150 years ago and there is a precious feeling of time suspended.
Not to miss experiences include:
- Braving a spine-tingling tales of the paranormal on a ghost tour of the city’s haunted historic sites
- Discovering the wonderfully vintage feel of Maryborough's CBC, whiich is filled with cafes, boutique stores and antique shops
- Riding an exact replica of the state’s first steam engine
- Joining in the hustle and bustle of the city’s famous weekly market every Thursday
- Playing golf at one of Australia’s finest golf regional courses.
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