Founded in 1847, Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest towns, and its port saw the first shaky step ashore for thousands of 19th-century free settlers looking for a better life in the new country. Heritage and history are Maryborough’s specialities; the pace of yesteryear is reflected in its beautifully restored colonial-era buildings and gracious Queenslander homes.
This charming old country town is also the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon (PL) Travers, creator of the umbrella-wielding Mary Poppins. The award-winning film Saving Mr Banks tells Travers' story, with early-1900s Maryborough in a starring role. There's a life-sized statue of Ms Poppins on the corner of Richmond and Wharf Sts. Mary Poppins groupies should schedule their trips for the Mary Poppins Festival in June/July.