Maryborough Railway Station, Tourism Victoria

Population 7690

Maryborough is a small city set on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range. Its historic 19th-century buildings, particularly around the civic square, are a testament to the riches brought by the gold rush of the 1850s. Stroll through the streets to enjoy the cafes, craft shops and magnificent buildings, such as the National Trust–listed courthouse, post office and town hall.

Visitor Information

91 Nolan St; (03) 5460 4511

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Nearby towns

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  • Avoca

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In Town

Maryborough Railway Station So immense and impressive is this building that Mark Twain, on his visit to the town, remarked that Maryborough was 'a station with a town attached'. Rumour has it that the building was actually intended for Maryborough in Queensland. The beautifully preserved station houses the visitor centre, the extensive Antique Emporium, the Woodworkers Gallery (open weekends only), and Twains Wood and Craft Gallery. Station St.

Pioneer Memorial Tower: Bristol Hill.

Worsley Cottage: a historical museum featuring local relics; open Sun; Palmerston St.

Central Goldfields Art Gallery: features an impressive collection of local artworks, housed in the old fire station; Neill St.

Phillips Gardens: Alma St.


Paddys Ranges State Park This park offers the chance to enjoy red ironbark and grey box vegetation on a scenic walk or drive. The majority of walks start from the picnic area – see old goldmines and relics or keep an eye out for the rare painted honeyeater and other birdlife. There is also fossicking within the park, but in designated areas only. Access to the park is just south of Maryborough. Contact Parks Victoria on 13 1963.

Aboriginal wells: impressive rock wells; 4 km S.

Carisbrook: holds a popular tourist market 1st Sun each month; 7 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Golden Nugget Discovery Tours, Ballarat 59 km

This carbon-neutral business in Ballarat runs small, personalised tours of no more than six people in the Goldfields region, with three themes – wild nature, gold history and heritage, and food and wine.... Find out more

Campsites around town

Karri Track camping area 6 km

There’s not much space at this camping area in the west of the park, so it’s best to contact the ranger beforehand to check the availability of sites, particularly if you have a caravan. You can walk across... Find out more

Waanyarra Recreation Area 26 km

This recreation area is sited between the original Waanyarra town site, where gold-rush miners set up their tents, and the cemetery. Over spring and summer, wildflowers will burst into colour here. To take a close look... Find out more

Butts Reserve camping area 30 km

Butts Reserve is west of town on Mt Tarrengower Rd. After visiting the collection of artefacts at the North British Mine and exploring the adjacent Carmans Tunnel, climb the fire tower on Mt Tarrengower and also scale... Find out more

Waterfalls camping area 33 km

The Waterfalls site, on the eastern fringe of the forest, is easily accessed from Avoca. Several easy bushwalks start here, including the 1 km Valley Walk along No. 2 Creek, and another that heads towards Sugarloaf... Find out more

Newbridge River Reserve camping area 37 km

You’ll find the compact Newbridge River Reserve camping area next to the township’s main street, the Bendigo–St Arnaud Rd. Anglers set themselves up on the riverbank, while canoeists occasionally push... Find out more

Mountain Creek camping area 37 km

This campground is a few hundred metres north of the small town of Moonambel in Victoria’s Pyrenees, which encompasses a winemaking district. In the vicinity of Mountain Creek is the Warrenmang Vineyard, which... Find out more

Camerons Track Campground 40 km

This camping area, located on Camerons Track some 20 km from Avoca, is suitable for camper trailers, but the Waterfalls camping area is a better option for caravans. Camerons Track is the midpoint of the Pyrenees... Find out more

Mount Franklin Reserve camping area 44 km

The crater of the extinct Mt Franklin volcano makes a wonderful setting for an overnight camp. Separated from Hepburn Regional Park proper by the Midlands Hwy, the reserve is an enclave of large conifers that makes a... Find out more

Vaughan Springs camping area 44 km

There’s only space at Vaughan Springs for a few caravans and a half-dozen tents, so get there early if you want to stay during holiday periods. To the north are the old Spring Gully Junction Mine and a walk along... Find out more

Warburtons Bridge camping area 46 km

This basic campground is accessed off the Vaughan–Drummond Rd. It’s in the same part of the park as the Vaughan Springs camping area, which may prove useful if Warburtons Bridge is full. Up in the north of... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Ballarat Windmill Holiday Park 55 km

This well-established, quality park is in a quiet rural area 6 km west of the city on the old Western Highway. It has a great range of facilities including a spa, sauna and tennis court. Bookings are required at Easter... Find out more

A Welcome Stranger Holiday Park 58 km

Located 2.5 km east of Ballarat, this is a good quality park in a quiet, easily accessible area. The park has a large number of sites, a heated pool, a spa, minigolf, an adventure playground and a tennis court. We... Find out more

Eco-friendly places to stay around town

MillDuck, Harcourt North 49 km

This strawbale house won a Most Energy Efficient Home award (North West Region) when it was built. More than 1000 trees have been planted on the property since it was purchased, and it is now an alpaca stud. The B&B,... Find out more

Rest areas around town

No. 2 Creek rest area 25 km

59km S of St Arnaud (L) or 3km N of Avoca (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Lexton South Rest Area 32 km

27 km S of Avoca (L) or 43 km N of Ballarat (R)

Large area just off the highway. Only limited shade.

Jessie Kennedy rest area 40 km

6km S of Castlemaine (R) or 30km N of Daylesford (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Happy Jacks rest area 43 km

At Lockwood on alternative Calder Hwy (A790)

Just off the highway among shady trees 100m north of facilities.

Stuart Mill South rest area 44 km

28km S of St Arnaud (R) or 34km N of Avoca (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Mount Franklin rest area 44 km

26km S of Castlemaine (L) or 10km N of Daylesford (R)

Secluded area 1km off the highway in a shady forest setting.

Vaughan Springs camping area 44 km

T/O 9km S of Castlemaine (L) or 27km N of Daylesford (R)

Small campground 6km east of the highway via Vaughan Springs Rd in Castlemaine Diggings National Heritage Park. Facilities at nearby picnic area.

Ravenswood rest area 45 km

20km S of Bendigo (R) or 130km N of Melbourne (L)

Just off the highway.

Jock Comini rest area 46 km

18km S of Bendigo (L) or 132km N of Melbourne (R)

Secluded off the highway among a few trees.

Creswick South rest area 46 km

16km N of Ballarat (L)

Very small area adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For northbound only.

Teddington Reservoir camping area 48 km

T/O at Stuart Mill

Secluded in the forest 6km (partly unsealed) south-west of Stuart Mill via Teddington Rd.

Slaty Creek camping area 49 km

T/O at Creswick

Small secluded campground located 6km (partly unsealed) south-east of Creswick via Bungaree, Slaty Creek and Petticoat rds.

Melville Caves camping area 49 km

T/O at Logan

Surrounded by scrub 18km west of the highway via Wehla Rd in Kooyoora State Park.

Bridgewater Park Area 52 km

North west side of town via Dunolly Road and Brewery Lane

Large area on the banks of the Loddon River. Good shade.

Bendigo South park area 53 km

At Bendigo

Adjacent to the highway overlooking the lake on the south side of town.

Bailes camping area 54 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded area 9km (unsealed) north of the highway in the forest of Mt Buangor State Park.

Middle Creek camping area 54 km

T/O 32km SE of Ararat (L) or 12km NW of Beaufort (R)

Secluded in the forest 8km (unsealed) north of the highway in Mt Buangor State Park.

What's on around town

Maryborough Highland Gathering: New Year's Day.

Energy Breakthrough: energy expo; Nov.

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