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I spent much of my visit to Maryborough looking up. The buildings in the place are stunning. Everywhere you look is a another interesting architectural design to admire. It was a feast for my structure loving eyes.
This is definitely a place to enjoy on foot. Luckily, if you’re into the history of the place there are daily walking tours you can do, but if you’d rather take it at your own pace, like me, you could get lost for hours simply gazing at the buildings and walking along the riverbank. And if you’re into weatherboard houses, then grab your car and take a drive around the surrounding streets to see all the beautiful homes. When you’re done, then there are many little cafes to stop for a delicious break and savour your experience.
Historically speaking the town is packed with great stories. Settled in 1857, Maryborough was once one of Australia’s largest and busiest ports. And it was also the birthplace to P.L.Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. Don’t worry, you wont forget that fact – she’s everywhere, sprinkled like a spoonful of sugar in every corner that you look. It adds a little magic to place.
Maryborough is a couple of hours drive from Brisbane. It’d be the perfect spot to stop, particularly if you’re on your way to the stunning Hervey Bay, where you can go whale watching.
It would make for a wonderful weekend away.
*This is Queensland: Hervey Bay is the first of two posts for Events and Tourism Queensland and Fraser Coast Tourism who funded my trip, after the Problogger Conference. For more information on Maryborough go to www.visitfrasercoast.com/destinations/maryborough/
The author of Mary Poppins was Aussie? I did not know this.
Wow, what a beautiful place. You’ve captured the spirit of it perfectly.
It’s where my first boy was born. So sad how the floods have devastated the town. It used to be a bustling town.