Maryborough

Travel Guide
Maryborough

Visit this charming colonial city along the Mary River to enter the magical world of Mary Poppins, jump aboard an old steam train and browse local art exhibits.

Whether you come here to walk through its heritage streets, browse its art galleries or attend its markets and festivals, Maryborough is worth a little detour if you are exploring the Fraser Coast.

Discover the city's past as a major port city at Maryborough’s Bollards, seven colorful statues beside the Mary River that represent a captain welcoming a family of immigrants in the 1860s. Thousands of new arrivals from the U.K. took their first steps on Australian soil at the Port of Maryborough.

Maryborough was the birthplace of Helen Lyndon Goff. This local dancer and actress became a famous author in England, where she created the extraordinary nanny called Mary Poppins under the pen name of P.L. Travers. Pose with the Mary Poppins Statue outside her place of birth on central Kent Street. Other artworks and plaques in town also refer to her early life and her popular children’s books written between 1934 and 1988, which inspired Disney movies and a Broadway musical.

The nearby Maryborough Town Hall Green was home to the original Maryborough court house, police station and gaol. As you walk along Adelaide Street, look for the Five O'clock Whistle, four large etchings depicting factory workers cycling home after work.

On Thursdays or the last Sunday of the month, jump aboard the Mary Ann, a full-sized replica of the first steam locomotive ever built in Queensland.

Join a free morning walk from City Hall with a local guide dressed in a period costume. Explore the museums, vintage restaurants and art galleries in the former wharf district. Don’t miss the town’s oldest surviving commercial buildings, the Gatakers Building and the warehouse behind it which is now the Gatakers Artspace.

To get to Maryborough, you can drive, take the special Tilt Train or fly to nearby Hervey Bay from Brisbane. Time your visit so that you can take in one of Maryborough’s many community events, including the City Heart Markets on Thursdays in Adelaide and Ellena streets and Sunday in the Park, a festival held during the final weekend of each month. The most magical event of all is the Mary Poppins Festival, a 10-day celebration with music and storytelling held in winter.

Where to stay in Maryborough

Mineral Sands Motel
Mineral Sands Motel
3 out of 5
75 Ferry Street, Maryborough, QLD, 4650
The price is $73 per night from Jun 19 to Jun 20
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly motel in Maryborough. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful staff ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (154 reviews)
"Friendly staff. Close to shop's. Enjoyed our stay."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 2022

Mineral Sands Motel
McNevin's Maryborough Motel
McNevin's Maryborough Motel
4 out of 5
188 John Street, Maryborough, QLD, 4650
The price is $88 per night from May 31 to Jun 1
Stay at this 4-star motel in Maryborough. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the restaurant in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (264 reviews)
"lovely room"

Reviewed on Feb 16, 2022

McNevin's Maryborough Motel
Carriers Arms Hotel
Carriers Arms Hotel
3 out of 5
405 Alice Street, Maryborough, QLD, 4650
The price is $76 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly motel in Maryborough. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (77 reviews)
"Everything I needed"

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Carriers Arms Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
4.5 out of 5
569 Charlton Esplanade, Urangan, QLD, 4655
The price is $140 per night from May 24 to May 25
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Hervey Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (1,480 reviews)
"The hotel was well organised & facilities perfect for our needs. A special request for a walk in shower was granted obviously depending on availability, without extra cost which was appreciated. We will go back because location was perfect for us."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2022

Oaks Hervey Bay Resort and Spa
Portside Apartments Maryborough
Portside Apartments Maryborough
3.5 out of 5
88-90 Wharf Street, Maryborough, QLD, 4650
Stay at this 3.5-star apartment in Maryborough. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and in-room massages. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.3/5 (19 reviews)
"The verandah (apartment 3 on the ground floor) caught morning sun so it was a great place to sit and look at the river and parklands opposite. Could hear person in floor above snoring all night and footsteps are not muted by any soundproofing but it is a heritage building and allowances have to be ..."

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2020

Portside Apartments Maryborough
Huntsville Caravan Park
Huntsville Caravan Park
3 out of 5
23 Gympie Road, Tinana, QLD, 4650
Stay at this 3-star cabin in Maryborough. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and laundry facilities. Popular attractions Brennan And Geraghtys Store Museum and Station ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
"We stayed in one of the Cabins the first one - it is very new - and was in A1 condition - everything we needed - only stayed overnight - but would have like a few more days - I can totally recommend this particular cabin"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2019

Huntsville Caravan Park
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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