Public Places and Spaces

Excelsior City Band Hall, Queens Park Maryborough (image courtesy Debbie Polley)

Whilst visiting the Open Gardens in Maryborough, why not take the time to explore the wonderful places and spaces in Maryborough and surrounds? Information provided showcases just a small selection of places to visit and there is so much more to discover.

To find out more about Maryborough and the Fraser Coast region go to ourfrasercoast.com.au and visitfrasercoast.com.

In addition to the information below, we invite you Discover more of Maryborough and the Fraser Coast region through photos.

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Queens Park (Heritage listed), Maryborough

The historic Queens Park dates back to 1866 when Maryborough’s first mayor Henry Palmer, requested that his residents have free use of land near the Maryborough wharves for recreation or public gardens.

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Mary River Parklands, Maryborough

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.

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Portside Historic Precinct, Maryborough

Soak up history against a backdrop of glorious colonial architecture and riverside parklands as you explore Maryborough’s original port district.

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Fay Smith Wetlands, Maryborough

Fay Smith Wetlands is approximately 10 hectares and is part of the Great Sandy Biosphere. A wide variety of flora and fauna inhabit the wetlands including remnant wetland, woodland of red bloodwood, swamp mahogany, acacias and forest red gum.

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Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, Maryborough

Take time out to smell the roses at these beautiful ornamental gardens, established on the site of Maryborough’s original cemetery. It’s a wonderful place for relaxation and reflection.

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ANZAC Park and Ululah Lagoon, Maryborough

In the 1980’s most of the old garden edges were removed and replaced with machine-laid edging. In the early 1990’s and automatic watering system was installed as the owners worked full time.

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Original Maryborough Town Site

Pioneer graves help to create a sense of going back in time when visiting the Original Maryborough Site. The area forms part of the early history of Queensland. It is the site of the original Maryborough township, settled in 1848 before being abandoned around 1855 in favour of the city’s current location.

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Lupton Park Community Gardens, Maryborough

Located at 45 Aberdeen Avenue Maryborough, the Lutpon Park Community Garden is a not-for-profit community based enterprise which produces food primarily for the consumption of the gardeners.

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Tiaro Memorial Park

Tiaro Memorial Park is just one of the many family friendly parks available on the Fraser Coast. The park includes a children’s playground complete with swings, skate ramp and fitness station and interpretive displays.

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Petrie Park on the Mary River, Tiaro

A blissful, shady oasis, Petrie Park is the only access point to the Mary River in the Tiaro area. The undercover picnic shelter is complimented by onsite barbeque facilities, public toilets and picnic tables..

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Wook-Koo Park and Woocoo Lakes Park

The highlight at this park is the Wook-koo Story Walk, which features lifelike sculptures of animals, all created by local artists, along a 135m coloured path which represents the Mary River. 

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Brooweena Historical Museum and Village

The Brooweena Historical Village provides a fascinating glimpse of the past with its tranquil rural setting in the centre of the township of Brooweena, 47 kilometres north of Maryborough.

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Fraser Coast Military Trail

Twenty major monuments and places of war-time significance make up the Fraser Coast Military Trail telling the stories of the brave men and women who went to war and in many cases, made the ultimate sacrifice.

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Fraser Coast Indigenous Parks Trail

Fraser Coast Regional Council has collaborated with Butchulla Elders on a number of indigenous park projects to highlight the important connection between Butchulla people and their country and share this information with residents and visitors

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Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens are situated on a 26-hectare property which was established to display plants of the Wide Bay and Sandy Straits regions. Natural bushes, formal gardens and wetlands merge together to provide an environmental delight. Areas of interest include the Japanese Bridge, Bush Tucker Garden, Aboriginal Bush Tucker Garden and the Woodland/Wetlands area

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Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum

Step back in time and explore the rich heritage of the Fraser Coast and immerse yourself in active displays hosted by dedicated volunteers at the award winning village.

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Fraser Coast Birdwatching

The Fraser Coast offers a great range of birdwatching opportunities with over 250 species identified.

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Maryborough Mural Trail

Be inspired by the Maryborough Mural Trail and check out the artistic gems adorning buildings in the Maryborough Central Business District telling the quirky and serious stories of the city’s colourful past. The Maryborough Mural Trail has over 30 murals and is continually evolving

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Howard Village

Historical Howard is a bustling community with a country heart. Howard has many attractions including the historical museum, Brooklyn House (circa 1890), murals and street art, the cenotaph and the monthly country markets.

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Bauple Museum

Bauple Museum is set in well established and lovingly maintained gardens. The Museum has a coffee shop, public toilets, bar-b-ques and covering sheds plus tables and seating; all of which are available free of charge to the public, travellers and locals alike. The museum is a treasure-trove of memorabilia and artefacts reflecting the rich heritage of the town and surrounding environs.

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Did you know … John Carne Bidwill …

was appointed commissioner of crown lands at Wide Bay in 1848 and established a botanic garden at Tinana, a suburb of Maryborough. The bunya pine Acraucaria bidwillii is named after John Carne Bidwill.

Don’t forget Maryborough Open Gardens 2020

The Maryborough Open Gardens will be held over 2 days on the weekend of 29 and 30 August 2020.  Town Gardens will be open on Saturday 29 August from 9.00 am to 4.00pm.  Country Gardens will be open on Sunday 30 August from 9.00am to 4.00pm. The Maryborough Open Gardens do not charge an entry fee.  

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