Maryborough

Visiting the Historic Town of Maryborough

Maryborough, located in the Wide Bay area of Queensland, is a city that is steeped in history. It is known for its beautiful colonial-era architecture, charming streets, and its relaxed, family friendly atmosphere. There are plenty of things to do and see in this historic town, whether you’re interested in exploring its rich history, experiencing its natural beauty, or simply relaxing and enjoying its laid-back lifestyle.

Explore Maryborough’s rich history

Maryborough is known for its rich history, which is reflected in its many historical sites and landmarks. One of the most popular places to visit in Maryborough is the Maryborough Heritage Centre, which houses an extensive collection of historical artefacts, photographs, and memorabilia from the city’s past. The centre is located in the former Customs House, which dates back to 1864 and is a beautiful example of colonial architecture.

Another must-visit historical site in Maryborough is the Bond Store Museum, which is located on the Mary River waterfront. The Bond Store was once used as a storage facility for goods that were imported and exported from Maryborough, and now houses an extensive collection of exhibits that tell the story of the city’s early days. Visitors can learn about the lives of early settlers, the city’s maritime history, and the development of the sugar and timber industries.

Bond Store Maryborough

For those interested in colonial-era architecture, a stroll through any of Maryborough’s historic streets is a must-do activity for visitors.

Experience Maryborough’s natural beauty

The Wide Bay Burnett Region is renowned for its natural beauty, with stunning beaches, lush rainforests, and rugged hinterland all within easy reach of the Maryborough. One of the best ways to experience this natural beauty in Maryborough, is by taking a leisurely walk or bike ride along the Mary River Walkway, which runs along the banks of the river and offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

Mary River Maryborough

Another popular outdoor activity is fishing, with the Mary River and the nearby town of Hervey Bay offering some of the best fishing spots in the region. Whether you’re an experienced angler or a novice, there are plenty of opportunities to catch a range of fish species, including barramundi, flathead, and bream.

For those looking to experience the region’s natural beauty in a more adventurous way, there are plenty of outdoor activities on offer, such as kayaking, hiking, snorkelling and whale watching. The nearby K’Gari (formerly named Fraser Island), which is the largest sand island in the world, is also a popular destination for visitors looking to experience the natural beauty of the region. The island is home to stunning beaches, crystal-clear lakes, and towering sand dunes, and is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting Maryborough.

K'Gari

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Relax and enjoy Maryborough’s laid-back lifestyle

One of the things that sets Maryborough apart from other tourist destinations is its relaxed and friendly lifestyle. The city is known for its welcoming locals, who are always happy to chat and share their knowledge of the area with visitors. Whether you’re enjoying a coffee in one of the city’s many cafes or browsing the local markets, you’ll find that the pace of life in Maryborough is unhurried and relaxed.

One of the best ways to experience the city’s laid-back lifestyle is by exploring its many local markets, which are held throughout the year. The  markets, which are held on the first and third Sunday of every month, are particularly popular, with dozens of stalls selling everything from fresh produce and handmade crafts to vintage clothing and antiques. The markets are a great place to mingle with locals and get a taste of the local culture.

Another way to relax and enjoy this Queensland town’s laid-back lifestyle is by visiting its many parks and gardens. The Queens Park Botanic Gardens, located in the heart of the city, is a beautiful place to spend an afternoon, with its lush greenery, colourful flowers, and statues depicting the history of the local area. Queens’s Park is also home to the town’s War Memorial, which honours the local soldiers who lost their lives in various conflicts.

Historic Queens Park Maryborough

If you’re travelling with kids, a visit to the Adventure Park is a must-do activity, especially in the Summer time. The park features a range of playground equipment, including slides, swings, and climbing frames, as well as a water play area and a mini golf course. It’s a great place to spend a few hours and is sure to keep kids of all ages entertained.

Where to stay in Maryborough

Maryborough is home to a range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly motels to luxury hotels. The Blue Shades Motel offers comfortable accommodation with spacious rooms and bathrooms and everything a business professional could need including work desks in the rooms, comfortable seating areas, free high speed Wi-Fi and Smart TVs allowing you to stay connected and productive throughout your stay.

Blue Shades Motel Maryborough

If you’re visiting Maryborough as a leisure traveller, or just passing through, you can also take advantage of our facilities like swimming pool or on-site restaurant as well. Loft family rooms and 2 bedroom units are also available for larger families who need a little more space to relax after being in the car on load road trips.

Where to eat in Maryborough

With a range of dining options, from casual cafes to fine dining restaurants, if you’re after a quick bite to eat, there are plenty of cafes and bakeries in the city that serve up delicious coffee and baked goods. The Carriers Arms Hotel is a popular spot for pub-style meals, with its hearty portions and relaxed atmosphere.

If you’re staying at the Blue Shades Motel, the Green Room Restaurant offers a range of delicious meals for guests. There is also a licensed bar where you can choose from a range of beers, Oatley fine wines, or spirits.

Maryborough is an absolutely beautiful city that is steeped in history, offers a range of activities for visitors of all ages and is a must-visit destination for anyone travelling to Queensland. Book your stay today.

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