Welcome to Maryborough
Founded in 1847 to take advantage of the broad Mary River, Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest towns. As a major 19th-century river port, it welcomed thousands of 19th-century free settlers looking for a better life in the young colony. This substantial heritage is self-evident in the many fine heritage-listed buildings, Victorian parks and handsome Queenslanders that line Maryborough's broad streets, and is explicitly celebrated in a clutch of intriguing local museums and historic sites around Wharf St. Adding to this historical heft, it's the birthplace of Pamela Lyndon (PL) Travers, creator of the umbrella-wielding Mary Poppins. You can take part in Poppins-themed walks, there's a life-sized statue of the world's most famous nanny on the corner of Richmond and Wharf Sts, and the Mary Poppins Festival enlivens the town over the Australian school holidays spanning late June and early July. The Butchulla people own this land, traditionally.