Community Info



Maryborough is ideally located on the Mary River, just 35km inland from the beaches of Hervey Bay and 256km north of Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia.

Latitude: 25.5181 S                  Longitude: 152.7111 E                Elevation: 11m

Area: 1137 square kilometres

Drive Times:

Maryborough –   Brisbane, via Bruce Highway  – 3 hours (256km)
Maryborough –  Hervey Bay  – 30 minutes (35km)
Maryborough –  Fraser Island – 1 hour (road and barge)
Maryborough –  Noosa – 1.5 hours
Maryborough –  Bundaberg and southern Great Barrier Reef – 1 hour   (110km)

Travel Services:

Maryborough is serviced by daily bus and train services and is just 25 minutes drive to the Hervey Bay Airport to access direct jet services to Sydney.


The Maryborough region enjoys a comfortable, temperate climate.


 Season  Average Maximum Average Minimum
 Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)  30  20
 Autumn (Mar, Apr, May)  27  15
 Winter (Jun, Jul, Aug)  22  9
 Spring (Sep, Oct, Nov)  25  15




Maryborough has a fascinating history. Settled in 1847, it is one of Queensland’s oldest cities.  In early colonial times, it was the second most important port on the East Coast after Sydney and at one stage was the rival for Brisbane as the site for the new state capital. 

In 1842 the Mary River first drew European settlers to the area with its allure of rich alluvial soil and a deep, natural harbour. Although both Captain James Cook and Matthew Flinders had chartered the coastline near Maryborough, city limits discovery honours fall to Andrew Petrie, who ventured up the river to investigate the potential of the harbour behind Fraser Island.

The first person to recognise the potential for a settlement on the River was the Commissioner for Crown Lands for Moreton Bay, Stephen Simpson.  In March/April 1843 Simpson travelled overland from Ipswich to the Wide Bay district and he reported that the area at the junction of the Wide Bay River and Tinana Creek was “well adapted for a settlement … the creek is sufficiently wide and deep for ordinary coasting vessels and the river perhaps two hundred yards wide”. Within a few years, the hinterland was settled extensively and, after the government surveyor declared the region an ideal trade site, Governor of Queensland Fitzroy named the river for his wife, Mary.

Quickly, the infant township grew, establishing wharves for trade and a wool store in 1847, upstream from modern day Maryborough. But when supply boats began running aground, people started moving downstream to deeper water where the City of Maryborough proudly sits today.



Maryborough has over 40 parks and sporting grounds to cater for every recreational pursuit including:

Mary River Parklands - Built on the site of the historic Port of Maryborough, the parklands offer 5000sqm of landscaped recreational space in the heart of the city.

Queens Park - This spectacular, inner city park boasts river views, a waterfall, band rotunda, wishing well, bollards, children’s playground and picnic area, BBQ and toilet facilities. The first trees were planted in 1864, with the majestic Banyan Fig planted well before 1900. The entire park is heritage listed and is one of Australia’s earliest botanical gardens.

Ululah Lagoon  - The Lagoon was first cleared in 1859 to form Maryborough’s first water supply.  It is now a beautiful park with a skate park, children’s playground and a Liberty Swing for wheelchairs, as well as barbeque and picnic facilities and toilet blocks.

Teddington Weir - Only 11km from the city, Teddington Weir is a lovely spot with barbeque, picnic and toilet facilities, children’s play area and wading pool. Take a walk along the VineForest trail, a patch of remnant “dry rainforest” with over 200 plant species. 

Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens - Take time out to smell the roses at these beautiful ornamental gardens, established on the site of Maryborough's original cemetery. It is a wonderful place for relaxation and reflection.  There are picnic tables, a shelter with tables and seats and toilet facilities available.



A snapshot of early colonial life

Settled way back in 1847, Maryborough was the place more than 22,000 free settlers took their first steps on Australian soil after months at sea.  Visitors can relive those early years with a visit to the City’s historic port area - Portside. The port may be long dormant, but its history and gloriously preserved buildings remain – along with a sense of time suspended. Around 13 heritage-listed buildings are open to the public as museums, restaurants and galleries, and as a daily witness to the city's past. For your complete guide to Portside and the wider city visit the Portside Centre in Wharf Street

The Portside Centre – part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network –provides a professional, colourful and entertaining representation of Maryborough's history as major port and one of Queensland’s oldest cities.  Interactive displays include listening posts with first settler stories, time capsules and a multimedia Pepper's ghost display revisiting the time when sly grog running was rife and opium was a legal import. Experienced guides and scores of publications help give people insight into the  city and its colourful origins.

Just a few doors away is one of the largest museum collections celebrating this early history and one of the city’s oldest buildings: the Bond Store Museum. Walk through the Bond Store, and you're stepping on history. The earthen floor and ancient handmade bricks in the original 1864 building downstairs still exist, as do many of the liquor barrels left over from that time.

The Portside Centre can be found at:
101 Wharf Street
Maryborough Q 4650
Phone: (07) 4190 5730
Fax: (07) 4123 1535
Open 7 days a week (except Good Friday and Christmas Day)
Monday to Friday  10.00am to 4pm
Saturday & Sunday  10.00am to 4pm
Entry fee is by gold coin donation.  Group bookings outside these hours by appointment.




Guided Walking Tours

Take a guided walking tour with Mary Heritage or a local guide.  Dressed in period costume, our world famous city ambassador will help you discover Maryborough’s colourful past.  FREE tours with Mary or another city ambassador depart City Hall Monday–Saturday at 9am.

Heritage Walk and Drive Tours

Discover the city's amazing colonial architecture with a Walk or Heritage Drive tour of Maryborough's key historical buildings and sites. Pick up your free guide from the Portside Centre or Visitor Information Centre at City Hall.  

Bus Tours 

Climb onboard a coach transformed to resemble an old Queenslander home and take an one-hour tour highlighting the city's attractions with Maryborough Tours.  Bookings can be made at the City Hall Visitor Information Centre or by calling 1800 214 789. 

River Tour

Cruise the Mary River on 'The Mary' with the Mary Riverboat Company and enjoy entertaining historical commentary and 360-degree river views 



Brolga Theatre

Take in one of the many national and international shows at the Brolga Theatre, with a new program available every month. 

Old Warehouse Gallery  

 Check out the local artistic talent at the Council owned Old Warehouse Gallery in Wharf Street at Portside. The exhibits in the gallery change constantly and feature touring exhibitions as well as works by members of the Maryborough Art Society.

Public Art

Uncover a variety of streetscape art, sculptural pieces and architecturally spectacular heritage listed buildings along Maryborough's inner city streets.   View stunning displays of public art in the Mary River Parklands that reflect Maryborough’s days as a thriving river port and celebrates the contribution of South-Sea Islander, Chinese and Aboriginal cultures to its character.



Held on the last weekend of the month "Sunday in the Park" is a relaxed morning of fun, food, brass bands, steam train rides and river cruises. Brass bands play inside a graceful old band rotunda in Queens Park while the unique sounds of the locally made steam driven calliope echo across the park.  All morning, the Mary Ann, a full sized replica of Queensland’s first steam locomotive built in Maryborough in 1873, chugs along the riverside taking passengers through Queens Park and the Mary River Parklands.
Children and adults can also climb onboard one of the many miniature steam engines, which run on a circuit around Queens Park.  The sight of little legs – and not so little legs - dangling from tiny carriages as the trains weave around the track is guaranteed to delight. It’s a tradition begun by the city’s Model Engineers and Live Steamers Association over 30 years ago – and one that uniquely captures Maryborough’s carefree, family-friendly lifestyle.



Discover Nature

Maryborough has a wealth of natural treasures on its doorstep just waiting to be discovered.

Fraser Island

Fraser Island, located just over one hour by road and barge from Maryborough, is the largest sand island in the world and only place on earth where rainforests grow on sand.
Great Sandy Strait.


Great Sandy Strait

Only a short drive from Maryborough are the crystal clear, tranquil waters and charming little fishing villages of the Great Sandy Strait.  The strait is a sheltered waterway which separates the mainland from Fraser Island. It is a marine wonderland - abundant with fish, dugong, turtles, dolphins, mangroves and seagrass pastures - and is home to several rare and threatened species. The Great Sandy Strait 's maze of coral reefs and sandy channels make it a fisherman's paradise. It is also a haven for birdwatchers, with at least 45,000 birds choosing the wetlands of the Great Sandy Strait as their summer feeding grounds. You can spend carefree hours bushwalking through native woodlands, heath, wildflowers and dense rainforest.




Maryborough has excellent education facilities - both private and public.  It has a TAFE College and is only 30 minutes drive from the University of Southern Queensland's campus at Hervey Bay.

Government Primary Schools

Albert State School Phone: 07 4121 3623
210 – 220 Albert Street

Granville State School Phone: 07 4120 9888
Cambridge Street

Maryborough Central State School Phone: 07 4121 3380
471 Kent Street

Maryborough West State School Phone: 07 4121 4059
149 North Street

Mungar State School Phone: 07 4129 6171
1143 Mungar Road

St Helens State School Phone: 07 4120 2222
891 Saltwater Creek Road

Sunbury State School Phone: 07 4120 0777
545 Alice Street

Tiaro State School Phone: 07 4129 2196
1 Forgan Terrace

Tinana State School Phone: 07 4121 3216
239 Gympie Road

Government Secondary Schools

Aldridge State High School Phone: 07 4121 5616
Boys Avenue

Maryborough State High School Phone: 07 4120 9333
Kent Street

Private Primary Schools

Maryborough St Marys Primary Phone: 07 4121 5705
John Street

Riverside Christian Academy Phone: 07 4123 1031
23 Royle Street

Private Secondary Schools

Maryborough St Marys College Phone: 07 4121 2650
51 Lennox Street



(Population aged 15 years and over)
Selected Region % of persons in the labour force in Region Australia % of persons in the labour force in Australia
Total labour force (includes employed and unemployed persons) 12,594 -     9,607,987 -    
Employed full-time 7,112 56.5% 5,827,432 60.7%
Employed part-time 3,661 29.1% 2,685,193 27.9%
Employed away from work 469 3.7% 337,991 3.5%
Employed hours not stated 340 2.7% 253,567 2.6%
Unemployed 1,012 8.0% 503,804 5.2%
Not in the labour force 11,146 -     5,271,116 -   

During the week prior to the 2006 Census, 12,594 people aged 15 years and over who were usually resident in 4650 (Postal Area) were in the labour force. Of these, 56.5% were employed full-time, 29.1% were employed part-time, 3.7% were employed but away from work, 2.7% were employed but did not state their hours worked and 8.0% were unemployed. There were 11,146 usual residents aged 15 years and over not in the labour force.