If your from the city, then you may like to sit somewhere quiet, chill out and listen to the Birds.
Each morning, I went for a walk alongside the Mary River which was lined with River weeds, Bull Rushes and thick shrubs, just the place for the little Birds to make their homes. You will hear them twittering, but may not see them, that is unless you stand still and quiet like I did, managing to get some photo's. Australian Wrens and Finches are very pretty.
I saw a pair Red Backed Wrens, lots of double barred Finches, lovely little cream coloured Birds, Wrens and Willy Wagtails.
By the Water were lots of waterbirds, including Pelicans, Water Hens, Cormorant's, Ibis, Herons, Spoonbills and varieties of Ducks.
Maryborough has 11 Parks that I know of. All the ones I saw were well maintained, had FREE Toilets, plenty of seating, quite a few had FREE BBQ'S and picnic tables & chairs, some had playgrounds, and even gym equipment!
I liked the Mary River Parklands BBQ area. After cooking the Barbie, we could sit and enjoy our meal with a good view of the River Mary.
Having a BBQ whilst on holiday is a cheap meal! If you can, clean the BBQ after use, so it's ready for the next person.
Favorite thing: Utility boxes are found in cities World wide! Not very nice to look at, Australian towns have decided to paint Mural's on them. Now they look great, people other than me take photo's of them. I found this one in Maryborough. The painting is of the Town Crier and the 1 o'clock canon.
This is a new Pass available for Tourist's. If you want to visit the Museum's, which in my opinion are worth seeing, then ask about the pass. Originally, it was only available between April & May, but it had been extended.
For $5.50 per person, it will get you into the Customs house interpretive centre, the Bond Store museum, The Military & Colonial Museum and the Custom's Residenc cellar door for Port Tasting.
It is half price, a saving of $5.50 per person.
I think everybody who sees this Cabinet will be amazed.
The "Cabinet of Curiosities" is a replica of the one from Mary Poppins.
Situated behind the counter, I couldn't stop looking at it! I thought it was old, but it wasn't, only recently completed and put on show.
One of the volunteer's showed us through it, and it was wow!....What clever person made this!
At 3.3 metres high, the cabinet is made from a combination of timbers including walnut, new guinea rosewood, African mahogany and silky oak, and looked a picture. The volunteer opened up a door, and then he found a secret compartment, more hidden drawers, shelves fiiled with memorabilia, an old suitcase and sewing machine from the late 1800's in the cabinet.
Children can write letters to Mary Poppins and post them in the old fashioned post box at the side of the cabinet.
This exceptional piece of work, was designed by Graeme Palmer and Brett Rowland from G & J Woodworks at Tinana. Heritage Glass supplied the lead lighting and the finishing was completed by Angela Harvey.
It was my favorite piece in the Museum.
The Customs House Museum is open Monday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and weekends from 10-1pm.
Location - Wharf street, Maryborough
ENTRY FEE $2
It was when I was looking at the exhibit's in the Customs House Interpretive Centre, that I came across the 'Wedding Shrimp."
Now, I had never heard of this, so I was very interested in reading the information board.
THE WEDDING SHRIMP ACTUALLY MEANS FOR ETERNITY
Glass sponges found in the Ocean, become the home of the "decapod shrimps family,' also known as ʻwedding shrimpsʼ. These shrimps enter the sponge and eventually form sexual pairs that
remain entrapped within the sponge for the rest of their lives.
The custom is to present the dried skeleton of a glass sponge containing the pair of shrimps as a
wedding gift. As the Shrimps have lived a life-time together, it's hoped the same will happen for the Bride and Groom.
Interesting? Fascinating? You just never know what you may find in these Museums!
What I liked in Maryborough, was the outdoor seating provided in the streets, that were for the general public to use. Seating and tables are in the Town Hall green, and one is a Sculpture with seats attached!
In most places, this doesn't happen, the seats usually belong to a Hotel, Café or Restaurant, but it is not the case here.
Good on Maryborough for providing the tables & chairs so we can eat our take-away meals!
I never knew P.L.Travers the creator of Mary Poppins was born in Maryborough.
I had so much fun learning about him and the connection to Maryborough.
You see Mary statues and references about her where ever you go.
P.L Travers has a plaque dedicated to him on the walk of achievers for his writing.
There are a lot of Mary's in Maryborough.
The Mary river--no connection to Mary Poppins.
The Mary Ann steam train--no connection.
City name--no connection.
Fondest memory: The Maryborough market day on each Thursday.
People getting dressed in period costume and who stroll among the market place which is in the city centre and closed off to traffic.
Having my photo and the VT flag taken with the current Mary Poppin's stage musical (actress)
She popped into Maryborough to attend the Mary Poppins festival which is held each year early July.
Meeting the local people who were more than happy to have pics taken and give me information about their home.
Maryborough is known as one of the most beautiful historic cities in Queensland.
With a population of about 25,000 people and a lifestyle that is still very laidback and easy going.
Just a little too far from the beaches, for my liking.
Favorite thing: Well, I am not entirely sure what ties Ned Kelly may have had to the city of Maryborough.. but just recently they erected this statue on the main road coming into Maryborough.