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Maryborough

Explore Maryborough’s rich history and heritage through classic 1800s Queensland architecture, art galleries and museums, all just 220 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Once upon a time

Take a stroll 150 years back in time through Maryborough’s original port district, scare yourself silly on a ghost tour or visit museums and riverside parks. Snap a picture with everyone’s favourite nanny, Mary Poppins, at the statue paying tribute to the author’s birthplace or time your visit with the annual Mary Poppins Festival. Clasp your ears for the firing of the Time Cannon, marking the days before there was a town clock.

McNevins Maryborough Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$130 - 190
McNevins Maryborough Motel is the perfect base for corporate and leisure travellers in the Fraser Coast region. They are located a few minutes walk from Maryborough’s central business district, on the road to popular Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

Music and Festivals

Whether you're into music, yoga, surfing, flowers, eating, movies or even pumpkin rolling, you'll find a concert, performance or festival in Queensland that celebrates it.

Music Festivals

With international musicians and artists frequently touring Queensland, you'll be able to see one of your favourites at a music festival, and in Queensland we do music festivals a little differently. One of the most iconic is the Birdsville Big Red Bash which is set in Outback Queensland and uses a large red sand dune as its backdrop. Other music festivals you'll love are:

  • CMC Rocks QLD; the home of country music in Ipswich.
  • BIGSOUND, where you can discover the next Australian music superstar in Brisbane.
  • Caloundra Music Festival, hosted on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Blues on Broadbeach, a chance to be nostalgic and twist your hips.
  • Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival, where you celebrate music in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region.
  • Gympie Music Muster; camp under the stars and watch performances from a line-up of Aussie talent.
  • Broadbeach Country Music Festival, hosted on the Gold Coast.

Lifestyle Festivals

Our lifestyle festivals range from family-friendly events to retreat-like festivals to treat your soul. Take your pick from:

  • Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, where they celebrate Spring in true Queensland fashion.
  • Woodford Folk Festival; see in the New Year with a huge bon fire, arts, crafts and music.
  • Ekka: Royal Queensland Show; when the country comes to the city to showcase farm life, food and produce.
  • Wanderlust; an opportunity to cultivate your best self and revive your mind, health and spirit.
  • Noosa Festival of Surfing, see dogs hang ten and celebrate surf lifestyle.

Outback Festivals

Head to Outback Queensland for quirky events that celebrate the beauty of the region, the people, lifestyle and classic outback hospitality:

  • Birdsville Big Red Bash; the world's most remote music festival.
  • Winton Splendid Film Festival; celebrate the film industry with open air cinemas, tours and meet the stars behind the scenes.
  • Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo; adrenalin pumping non-stop rodeo action, street celebrations and music.
  • Birdsville Races; the Melbourne Cup of the Outback.
  • Winton Way Out West Festival; a four-day music and cultural experience.
  • Julia Creek Dirt n Dust Festival, where you can participate in an intense triathlon or have a go at bog snorkelling.

Indigenous Festivals

Queensland is home to both Indigenous cultures of Australia; Aboriginal and Torres Strait. Get beneath the surface of both cultures at a festival. Experience traditional dancing, singing, art and crafts at one of these cultural festivals:

  • Cairns Indigenous Art Fair; see Indigenous artwork, fashion and dancing on show.
  • Laura Aboriginal Dance Festival, where Indigenous family groups meet to pass down cultural knowledge and dancing to the next generation.
  • Winds of Zenadth Festival; a celebration of Torres Strait Islander culture, heritage and history.
  • Quandamooka Festival; where you can participate in weaving workshops and cultural tours.

Quirky Festivals

Looking for something a little quirky? Try your hand at:

  • Pumpkin rolling at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival where they celebrate all things pumpkin.
  • Have a spoon full of sugar and watch the Great Nanny Challenge at the Mary Poppins Festival in Maryborough.
  • Bring your merry men to the Abbey Medieval Festival in the Moreton Bay region.
  • Get rugged up in Warwick at the Jumpers and Jazz Festival.

Fraser Coast | Travel Information

Fraser Coast or Brisbane Airport - International and Domestic Terminals 

The Fraser Coast Airport is located 10 minutes from the Esplanade in Hervey Bay. There are a number of ways to get to where you need to go. Bay2Dore Shuttle provides a door to door service from the airport to your accommodation. The public bus travels from the Airport to Burrum Heads in the north to Maryborough in the south with frequent stops. You can also catch a Taxi, organise a private transfer or hire a rental car too. 

Brisbane Airport is also a domestic and the main international gateway to the region.

Bus Coach and Train - Brisbane to Fraser Coast 

Fraser Coast's Tilt Train service from Brisbane to Maryborough are run through Queensland Rail. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website.

Prefer wheels to tracks? Get on the coach bus from Brisbane to the Hervey Bay Coach Terminal and Transit Centre. Tickets and journeys can be explored further via the Greyhound Australia website. 

Road tripping from Brisbane to Fraser Coast

For those who prefer to take the scenic route, hire or bring your own car and drive from Brisbane to Hervey Bay. The journey takes approximately three and a half hours on the Bruce Highway. 

How to get around Fraser Coast 

Public Transport - Buses 

Fraser Coast's Wide Bay Transit buses from Hervey Bay to Maryborough are run through Translink. Tickets and journeys can be explored further at their website.

How to get to Fraser Island 

Water ferry 

Your chariot awaits at the River Heads Ferry Terminal, located 20 minutes south of Hervey Bay. A quick 50-minute ferry ride across the Great Sandy Strait is met with the sight of blue hues and towering dunes, as you pull up to the jetty at Kingfisher Bay Resort

If you're not staying at one of the resorts on the island, you'll need to have a four wheel drive to get around to the island's points of interested. If you prefer to explore without a vehicle, you can get around the island view dedicated walks from your resort, day tours or a scenic flights. These activities can be organised through your accommodation

Fraser Coast Accommodation

Want to have a whale of a time on the Fraser Coast?  Take your pick of accommodation options from camping and caravan parks to resorts, hotels and beach houses. 

Where to stay on Fraser Coast 

If you want to be in the thick of the action, pick a spot in Hervey Bay where the dining, shopping and entertainment options will convince you to extend your short stay into a longer escapade. Swap coastline for country in the Fraser Coast Hinterland where quaint towns and local produce are a-plenty or soak up the history in Maryborough. If you're a keen fisher, bunker down at the Burrum Coast and Great Sandy Strait where there are more fish than people. And nature natives, if you're looking for the ultimate outdoor experience, don't look past a beachfront camping spot in the midst of World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.


Fraser Coast | Places to visit

Visit the world’s largest sand island and see humpback whales from just metres away on the Fraser Coast. Centred around the relaxed holiday town of Hervey Bay, it’s a place for nature lovers looking for a quieter slice of Queensland.

Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island is a World Heritage-listed wonder. There are endless beaches, vast sand dunes, lush rainforest, more than 100 lakes (including the brilliantly clear Lake McKenzie) and freshwater creeks. It’s also one of the best places in Australia to spot native dingoes in the wild. Choose from a range of accommodation options, from resorts to camping sites.

Ferries and vehicle barges to Fraser Island depart daily from River Heads, 20 minutes south of Hervey Bay, and Inskip Point, just over an hour south from Maryborough. Crossings take between 30 and 50 minutes. Note that you’ll need a 4WD to get around, as all roads on the island are sand tracks.

Hervey Bay

Embrace the relaxed coastal culture of Hervey Bay. It’s one of the world’s top whale-watching destinations, where you can get breathtakingly close to migrating humpbacks from June to November. You’ll also discover a great food scene, with fresh produce markets, seaside restaurants featuring freshly caught sea scallops and al fresco dining under the Queensland sun.

Hervey Bay is a 3.5-hour drive from Brisbane. You can also fly into Hervey Bay Airport, about 20 minutes outside the town, with direct flight to Sydney, Brisbane and other regional centres.

Huntsville Caravan Park

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$25 - 110
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Huntsville Caravan Park, set on the banks of the Mary River in Maryborough. Located just five minutes from the town centre, golf course, bowling greens, RSL Club, and opposite a shopping centre and 500 metres to boat ramp.

Arkana Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$85 - 169
Located in the Heritage City of Maryborough, the Arkana Motel offers superb accommodation. Conveniently located minutes from the city centre, the Arkana Motel is the perfect base to explore the Fraser Coast.

Carriers Arms Hotel Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$106 - 145
The Carriers Arms Hotel Motel is one of the biggest complexes in Maryborough and boasts 38 ground floor motel units. The hotel has been newly renovated and includes a TAB, Keno Lounge, Gaming Room, Drive Through Bottle Shop with great pricing and weekly specials, family bistro with kids room, coffee shop, function rooms and live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

Cara Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$99 - 140
The Cara Motel in Maryborough offers clean, spacious accommodation, reverse cycle air-conditioned suites, all on ground level, in a quiet environment; the ideal corporate and family motel, with free WiFi broadband internet and free12 channel Foxtel for your convenience.
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