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Storytelling on The Fraser Coast

The art of storytelling extends beyond the Mary Poppins Festival here on the Fraser Coast. Check these year round activities:

The Story Bank

Once upon a time, a baby girl was born in the upstairs bedroom at the Australian Joint Stock Bank, Kent Street in Maryborough, Queensland. Her name was Helen Lyndon Goff, but she became known to the world as P.L. Travers, author of the Mary Poppins stories.
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Maryborough Heritage Centre

On the ground floor of the historic Bank of New South Wales building, the Maryborough Family Heritage Institute holds one of the largest collections of genealogy records in Queensland, covering the immigrant passengers into Queensland and cemetery and burial records for a number of Queensland areas..
Free

Portside Museums

Portside Heritage Gateway - your first port of call. Settled way back in 1847, Maryborough was where more than 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil. Relive those early years with a visit to the City's historic port area..
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Gatakers Artspace

The Gatakers Building was built for Robert Travis in 1868, it and the warehouse located behind, became a warehouse for wine and spirit merchants, Graham and Gataker in 1885. In 1906, John Graham retired and Charles Gataker took his sons aboard and the business became Gataker and Sons..
Free

Brolga Theatre

The Brolga Theatre is the entertainment heart of the Fraser Coast. Situated on the banks of the Mary River in Maryborough, the Brolga is a first-class theatre and conference venue, which attracts the finest international and national performers..
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Hervey Bay Regional Gallery

Hervey Bay Regional Gallery (HBRG) is a public gallery located on Butchulla Country in the heart of Hervey Bay's civic precinct.
Free

Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial

The Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial traces the birth of the Anzac legend, drawn from the personal perspectives in letters written home to loved ones by Wide Bay district men who fought on the front line, including Lieutenant Duncan Chapman, the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli.
Free

Maryborough Story Trail

Discover the art of storytellings and follow a delightful trail of public art and multimedia, created by our local artisans, that magically bring our stories to life. "There is a tradition of storytelling here in Maryborough, our people are artisans of this ancient craft. All of the yarns, the tall tales and true, we keep within our Story Bank. The town around us is latticed with stories, a web of words, of people, of place.
Free

Maryborough’s Walk of Achievers

Discover how ordinary Australians can achieve extraordinary things on this unique walking trail. Located in Maryborough's Portside Heritage Precinct, the Achievers Walk takes you past a series of plaques mounted on the pavement in Richmond and Wharf streets which pay tribute to more than 80 Australians and former Maryborough residents.
Free

Maryborough Walking Tour

Learn the history of our city and tales of days gone by with our local guides Free guided walk tours leave Maryborough City Hall Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9am (weather permitting). No tours run on public holidays.
Free

Hervey Bay Historical 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.
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Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum

The unusual, the quirky and eclectic are amongst 7000 items of military and colonial memorabilia, which form displays of exceptional quality at the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.
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Bauple Museum

The Bauple Museum was opened in 2001. An impressive community effort, the museum documents the history of Bauple and the former Tiaro Shire using a variety of photos and memorabilia collected from local families, illustrating the life of the local pioneers. Equipment and uniforms from World War I are included in the collection, showing life from the country at the turn of the twentieth century.
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Maryborough Mural Trail

Be inspired by Maryborough’s growing tourist attraction and walk the Mural Trail, telling the quirky and serious stories of the city’s colourful past from the time when it was Queensland’s major industrial city building naval ships, sugar mills and railway rolling stock.
Free

Australiana Cottage Crafts

Recognised as one of Australia's leading Arts and Crafts Galleries, you are sure to be impressed by the range and quality of the Arts and Crafts and the talents of the local artists and craftspeople who have created them.
Free

Brennan and Geraghty’s Store Museum

View the remarkable store that time forgot! This large grocery store was operated by one family from 1871 to 1972 until it closed its doors with trading records and stock dating back to the 1890s, all preserved in original condition.
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Wide Bay Hospital Museum

Wide Bay Hospitals Museums displays items and documents relating to Maryborough’s early public general hospitals and maternity hospitals from the 1850’s.
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Burrum Mining Museum

The Burrum and District Museum at Howard reflects the area’s past history as a major coal mining centre dating back to 1864, when the first seam of coal was discovered on the banks of the Burrum River
Free

Whistlestop Museum and Mary Ann

he Maryborough City Whistle Stop volunteers maintain and operate the Mary Ann replica steam locomotive, manage our Railway Station Museum and work towards the preservation and restoration of the B15 steam locomotive #299. We are located in the city of Maryborough, Queensland and aim to preserve our rich, local history of locomotive building and engineering. We also give visitors to our region the unique experience of riding in carriages pulled by the full-sized, working replica of the Mary Ann steam locomotive.
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Djinang Cultural Walking Tour

Are you looking for the perfect way to include indigenous tourism into your trip to Hervey Bay? ​ We’ve got you covered with our easy and unique 90-minute walking tour. Be transported into the world of the Butchulla as you are “marked” with the white ochre that grants you passage to walk through country.
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