Australia, Travel

Travel Guide: Maryborough, Queensland

This is Part 2 of my recent trip to Queensland. You can read Part 1 here.

We depart Hervey Bay for a day trip to Maryborough, one of Queensland’s oldest cities and the birthplace of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers.


We meet our guide at Maryborough Town Hall for a walking tour of Maryborough’s heritage listed buildings and the gorgeous Queens Park.

Settled in 1847, the beautifully preserved streets and gorgeous architecture make it the perfect setting to learn more about one of Australia’s largest and busiest ports.





Maryborough is filled with numerous quirky, boutique cafes, and Cafe Cru is located in the heritage listed birthplace of Mary Poppins author Pamela Travers.

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There are nods to Mary Poppins throughout Maryborough (there is even an annual Mary Poppins Festival) and you simply must pose with the life-size bronze statue of Mary. And does the Mary Poppins impersonator look familiar? She was our guide on our walking tour after a quick costume change!

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Gatakers Artspace gallery is a contemporary exhibition space with four galleries housing works of local and visiting artists.

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Brennan & Geraghty’s Store Museum is a fascinating virtual time capsule corner store. It includes unsold stocks of curry powder from the 1890s through to groceries from the 50s.

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Maryborough is also home to several antique stores, a food bloggers dream (props!) and we spent the remainder of our time poking through the stores.


We drive past the scenic sugar cane fields as we drive back to Hervey Bay.


Love Swah travelled, ate & stayed courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland and Fraser Coast Tourism


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  • Reply Helen | Grab Your Fork October 7, 2014 at 3:36 pm

    Mary Poppins! Love the look of that general store trapped in time too. I can’t imagine half our packaging today looking quite as timeless as designs gone by.

    • Reply Swah October 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm

      So true Helen! It was fascinating

  • Reply Sara | Belly Rumbles October 11, 2014 at 2:20 pm

    Love your photos Swah. Always interesting to see what others see on the same journey. Was great discovering Maryborough with you.

    • Reply Swah October 13, 2014 at 12:29 pm

      Aw thanks Sara, and thank you for being a great travel buddy!

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