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Pioneer Graves

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area

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During the early days of Maryborough’s settlement before there was an official cemetery, many people were buried either on their own land or in the bush. The McAdam and Furber family pioneer graves are the only surviving headstones of what was Maryborough’s first cemetery which saw the burials of some 270 pioneers. Witness history at Pioneer Graves.

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Aldridge Street
Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Queensland
Australia

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Port of Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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A deeper site was selected to replace the first shallow port of Maryborough which was located upriver at the original township. Wool, tallow, hides and timber were exported through the busy port and many coastal vessels brought supplies for the settlers. At one time the wharves stretched from the far end of Queens Park to beyond the Granville Bridge. At the marina you can see the last remnants of the original wharfs. Between 1859 when Maryborough was declared an official Port of Entry and 1901, more than 22,000 immigrants from Great Britain and Europe entered Australia through the port. Ships also brought Kanaka labour from the South Sea Islands to work on local sugar plantations. Ship building and repair industries added to the liveliness of the port. The derelict sheds behind the marina are remnants from the site of the Walker Shipyards which closed in 1974.

Mary River

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The Mary River has been known by many names, with the Aborigines calling the river Booie, Moonaboola, Numabulla or Mooraboocoola. It was named the Wide Bay River until September 1848, when Governor Fitzroy renamed the river in honour of his wife, Lady Mary Fitzroy. The Mary River is unique in that it flows from south to north with its headwaters near the Sunshine Coast hinterland and its mouth at River Heads just south of Hervey Bay.

Queens Park Waterfall

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The waterfall area of Maryborough's Queens Park was originally a quarry, which was later converted into a pond, that is regularly home to several ducks swimming on its surface or even catching some sun on the edges. The waterfall feature was constructed in the 1970s. It is a popular spot for picnics and frequently used as a backdrop for weddings.

Maryboroughs Glory Hole

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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Maryborough's Glory Hole is now a featured part of the Ululah Lagoon. It is believed to have been built as early as the 1880s. The Glory Hole is of a rare design and outdates any other work in Australia by 80 years, making it historically significant as an engineering work of art.

Maryborough

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
Soak up living history in the vintage city of Maryborough where you will find glorious colonial buildings, outstanding museums, quirky heritage tours and a unique connection to Mary Poppins. One of Queensland's oldest cities, Maryborough was one of Australia's main immigration points for thousands of new settlers who flocked to the new colony from the mid-1800s to Federation. The remnants of its fascinating past remain in its architecture, with stately colonial buildings lovingly reinvented as restaurants, cafés, shops and museums. Against this stunning backdrop, you can travel back in time to relive Australia's early history with a visit to the city's original port precinct, Portside. A Portside Heritage Gateway Pass includes entry into three leading museums, a sound and light show and cellar door port tasting among rum barrels left over from the 1860s. While at Portside, soak up the river views while dining al fresco in heritage surrounds; or stroll through beautiful Queens Park, one of Australia's first botanic gardens. For those who like their history served with a large side order of fun, Maryborough offers quirky tours and trails, steam train rides, costumed characters and even a time cannon fired on city streets. Jump into the magical world of Mary Poppins with a visit to the birthplace of author Pamela Travers, and a host of "practically perfect" experiences including a statue, Magical Mary Trail and a guided tour with a 'Poppins" character. Delve into the dark side on a delightfully eerie guided Ghost Tour of the city's many haunted historic sites on the last weekend of the month. Every Monday to Saturday, hear 19th century costumed guides spin incredible tales of sailors, new settlers and slave traders that were the backbone of this old port city on a free Heritage City Walking Tour. A visit to Maryborough is not complete without searching for "treasure" in its many antique and collectable stores. Another must is its famous Thursday inner city market. Lovers of art and culture are not forgotten with public art on show in parks, streets and laneways as well as galleries, including Maryborough's Gatakers Artspace.

Mary River Parklands

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
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The historic Port of Maryborough area has been transformed into a stunning public park complete with outstanding public art works. The Mary River Parklands forms part of the historic Portside Precinct. It plays an integral role in the City's urban renewal plans, providing a naturally beautiful link between Queens Park, the multimillion dollar Brolga Theatre, the Wharf Street heritage precinct and the river. The 500 square metres of landscaped parkland offers natural terracing, community forecourt, winding pathways, gardens, magnificent royal palms and shade trees of the same species found in nearby Queens Park. A new 23 metre long wharf, known as Queens Wharf, matches one of the original timber wharves that were scattered along the riverbank during Maryborough’s heyday as a thriving river port.
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