Maryborough Heritage Centre, Courtesy of Tourism Queensland

Population 21499

Maryborough is an attractive city on the banks of the Mary River. Its fine heritage buildings and famous timber Queenslander architecture date back to the early years of settlement, when Maryborough was a village and port. Maryborough Port was an important destination in the mid-1800s as over 22 000 immigrants arrived from Europe. Today the Mary River is a popular spot for relaxed boating and some good fishing.

Visitor Information

City Hall, Kent St; (07) 4190 5742

Nearby national parks

  • Great Sandy National Park

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  • Noosa National Park

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  • Kondalilla National Park

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Nearby towns

  • Hervey Bay

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  • Tin Can Bay

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  • Childers

    Childers is a picturesque National Trust town south of Bundaberg, part of the state's sugarcane belt. With leafy streets and a lovely...more

In Town

Bond Store Museum: located in the Portside Centre, this museum documents the history of the region from a river port to the present day; open 9am–4pm Mon–Fri, 10am–1pm Sat–Sun; Wharf St.

Customs House Museum: also in the Portside Centre, this important cultural heritage museum depicts the area's industries and early immigration and Kanaka history; Wharf St.

Military and Colonial Museum: fascinating look at local military and colonial history; open 9am–3pm daily; Wharf St.

Mary Poppins statue: statue of the famed and magical nanny in honour of author Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born in the town in 1899; Cnr Kent and Richmond sts.

Central Railway Station, Mary Ann: replica of Queensland's first steam engine with rides in Queens Park every Thurs, market day, and last Sun each month; Lennox St.

Queens Park: unusual domed fernery and waterfall; Cnr Lennox and Bazaar sts.

Elizabeth Park: extensive rose gardens; Kent St.

ANZAC Park: includes Ululah Lagoon, a scenic waterbird sanctuary where black swans, wild geese, ducks and waterhens may be handfed; Cnr Cheapside and Alice sts.

Heritage walk: self-guide walk past 22 historic buildings, including the impressive City Hall, St Paul's bell tower (with pealing bells) and National Trust–listed Brennan and Geraghty's Store. The walk starts at City Hall, Kent St; brochure available from visitor centre.

Heritage drive: a highlight is the original site of Maryborough (until 1885), where a series of plaques document its history. Drive starts at City Hall; brochure available from visitor centre.

Ghost tours: discover the town's ghostly past on tours that run once a month; details from visitor centre.


Teddington Weir: popular for watersports; 15 km S.

Tiaro: excellent fishing for Mary River cod in surrounding waterways. See the historic Dickabram Bridge over the river, and nearby Mt Bauple National Park; 24 km SW.

Tuan Forest: bushwalking; 24 km SE.

Fraser Island: World Heritage–listed sand island to the east of town; see Hervey Bay.

Fishing spots near town

Lake Lenthall 23 km

Anyone who has read about the barramundi boom in Queensland’s impoundments will know about lakes like Awoonga, Faust and Callide. But there are many, less- known waters that also offer excellent fishing, and one of... Find out more

Hervey Bay 34 km

Hervey Bay and Fraser Island are inseparably linked to each other and to fishing. Variety and quality of species is a true measure of a fishing destination and here you can catch longtails (northern bluefin tuna),... Find out more

Fraser Island 80 km

The world’s biggest sand island, Fraser Island is 123 km long and has become Australia’s most famous beach-fishing venue, albeit one that also offers rock- and offshore fishing. The list of inshore species... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Dolphin tours around Hervey Bay 33 km

All year-round Blue Dolphin Marine Tours runs eco-tours to see the two species of dolphin in the area – the bottlenose, and the rare Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin. You have a 95 per cent chance of seeing the... Find out more

Hiking on Fraser Island 39 km

Fraser Island, with its 1653 square kilometres encompassing 200-metre-high sand dunes, 80 beautiful lakes and pockets of rainforest, is a delight for those prepared to put on a pack. Hikers can camp beside some of the... Find out more

Campsites around town

Wongi camping area 21 km

Chill down with a dip in the beautiful waterholes at Wongi, but note that fishing is not allowed and jumping or diving is not recommended. There is conventional vehicle access and plenty of space for caravans, motorhomes... Find out more

Poona Creek camping area 28 km

This very basic clearing for self-sufficient campers can be accessed by entering Tuan State Forest from Cooloola Coast Rd. Campers must bring their own untreated wood for campfires, as gathering wood in the forest is not... Find out more

Garrys Anchorage camping area 29 km

Unfenced campsites and picnic tables in a very quiet, remote location are 19 km south of Ungowa on Fraser Island’s south-west coast. Access is by 4WD or boat. Bring drinking water and a gas/fuel stove (fires... Find out more

Ungowa camping area 30 km

Expect plenty of open, shady spots for tents, and defined camper trailer sites, at Ungowa, 12 km south-west of Central Station on the south-west coast of Fraser Island. The facilities are relatively basic but include a... Find out more

Lake Benaroon camping area (walk-in camping) 36 km

There is a maximum stay of 2 nights and groups should number no more than 8 at this hikers’ campsite. Lake Benaroon camping area is 6.3 km from Dilli Village and 7.2 km from Lake Boomanjin camping area. Water from... Find out more

Lake Boomanjin camping area 36 km

Tent camping is permitted at Lake Boomanjin (no vehicular access), where you’ll find cold showers, a wash-up bay, flushing toilets and picnic tables. It is 10 km north-west of Dilli Village on Birrabeen Rd. Bring... Find out more

Lake Boomanjin camping area (walk-in camping) 36 km

This fenced campground suitable for tent camping is in open forest between the carpark on Birrabeen Rd and Lake Boomanjin on Fraser Island. It is 6.3 km north of Dilli Village on the Fraser Island Great Walk, or 10 km... Find out more

Lake McKenzie camping area (walk-in camping) 36 km

This basic clearing with few facilities is 6.6 km from Central Station camping area and 11.9 km from Lake Wabby camping area. The maximum stay is 2 nights and groups should be no bigger than 8. Boil or treat water before... Find out more

Central Station camping area 37 km

This fenced family campground in central Fraser Island’s rainforest setting has 44 tent sites, 16 camper trailer sites and a group area for 20–40 people. Accessible by 4WD or hiking trails only, it is 13 km... Find out more

Central Station camping area 37 km

Much less congested than your typical Central Station, this one is set in a rainforest and can only be reached by four-wheel drive. It is located 10 km west of Eurong, 16.6 km north of Lake Boomanjin and just 300 m from... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Wallace Motel & Caravan Park 2 km

This is a good quality park close to the city centre and on the banks of the Mary River. Access is easy from the southern approaches – just across the bridge. It is good value here and there is space for larger... Find out more

Burrum River Caravan Park 27 km

In a quiet location on the banks of the Burrum River, on the south side of Howard, and less than 1 km from the Bruce Highway this is an ideal park for a quiet rest away from the traffic and the beach bustle. There are... Find out more

Fraser Lodge Holiday Park 33 km

Explore Hervey Bay, go whale-watching or relax and enjoy the pool, barbecues, and the ducks in the lake or have a game of tennis at this great park. Set in a quiet street, it is just a short walk to the beach and close... Find out more

Happy Wanderer Village Caravan Park 33 km

With more ensuite sites than anything else, this is a large quality park with plenty of shade and excellent facilities to make your Hervey Bay holiday something to remember. It is not far to the waters edge and the boat... Find out more

Harbour View Caravan Park 34 km

Hervey Bay is a major tourist destination and this owner-operated waterfront park is close to the large marina complex where the whale-watching cruises depart during the season. This is a good park with basic facilities,... Find out more

Woodgate Beach Tourist Park 50 km

In the centre of a small beachfront community and just across the road from a wonderful beach, this is a convenient and popular park with a relaxing coffee shop. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length... Find out more

Tin Can Bay Tourist Park 52 km

In a quiet area of Tin Can Bay, this is a good quality park with facilities to suit the discerning tourist. Good value here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies at Christmas and... Find out more

BIG4 Bonny Hills Holiday Park 56 km

This is a popular beachside spot a short walk from the surf club. The park has a popular coffee shop that sells numerous styles of coffee, or the ingredients. We like it here. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more

Glenlodge Caravan Village 78 km

This owner-operated park is 6 km south of the town centre and easily accessible, ideal for an overnight stay or as a base for a few days exploring the region. It has very good amenities. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

BIG4 Cane Village Holiday Park 82 km

This is a very good quality park on the western approach to the city, in a convenient location for an overnight stay and excellent for a longer visit. The Sugarland shopping centre is close by. Bookings are required in... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

Emeraldene Inn and Eco-Lodge, Hervey Bay 29 km

The 14 hotel-style rooms here, including two disabled rooms, have solar hot water and an envirocycle treatment system so that all sewage and greywater is treated and reused on site. The lodge has a solid environmental... Find out more

Kingfisher Bay Resort, Fraser Island 37 km

With 1000 beds, and a choice of pools, restaurants and bars, this is the largest accommodation place mentioned in this book, but it has a longstanding reputation as being a positive role model for large ecotourism... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Wongi camping area 20 km

T/O 36km N of Tiaro (L) or 42km S of Childers (R)

Secluded bush setting 10km (unsealed) west of the highway in Wongi State Forest.

Petrie rest area 23 km

T/O 1km N of Tiaro (L) or 81km S of Childers (R)

Small secluded area 1km west of the highway on a riverbank.

Tiaro camping area 24 km

At Tiaro

Just off the highway via Inman St. Facilities at adjacent town park.

Gunalda rest area 51 km

29km N of Gympie (R) or 32km S of Tiaro (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Apple Tree Creek rest area 59 km

At Apple Tree Creek

Just off the highway under shady trees. On the south side of town.

Chatsworth rest area 68 km

6km N of Gympie (L) or 55km S of Tiaro (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Wallum rest area 72 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 18km north-east of the highway or 28km south-west of Bundaberg.

Six Mile Creek rest area 77 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.

Sharon rest area 86 km

T/O to Bundaberg

Just off the road among shady trees 34km east of the highway or 15km west of Bundaberg.

What's on around town

Heritage markets: Cnr Adelaide and Ellena sts; Thurs.

World's Greatest Pub Crawl: June.

Mary Poppins Festival: July.

Technology Challenge: Sept.

Maryborough Masters Games: Sept/Oct.

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