At the Tourist Information Centre I picked up several different walking tour brochures for around Maryborough.
I decided to do the Discovery tour first which began at the City Hall where the Tourist Information centre is located.
At the front of City Hall, is quite a small but important canon. It is a Time Canon, and isn't the original one that was given as a gift to the city, from the Premier of Queensland, John Douglas, it is a replica. The original is in the Bond Museum.
The Canon was found on the Torres Strait island of Mobiag and was most likely used by the vessels of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. At the time, Maryborough didn't have a clock, so a Time Canon was believed to be a good gift.
On Thursdays, it is fired at one 1.00 p.m, quite a loud bang that can be heard 30 kms away. This is market day, and if you happen to be nearby, you may be asked to fire the canon.
The canon was first fired on 21 March 1878.
The original sat infront of the City Hall for 40 years, that was until somebody tried to steal it!
Do come with me for a walk around the city of Maryborough. First we will have a look at the City Hall of Maryborough.
There is so much of interest to see, that it took me quite a while to do the walk.
The HIgh School's were one of the first buildings we saw in Maryborough, although at the time I didn't know what these attractive old building's were. Buildings were on both sides of the road.
In 1881, Maryborough Boys Grammar School was built on one side of Kent street, then in 1883, Maryborough Girls Grammar School was built on the opposite side. Quite a prestigious school, from which four Rhodes scholars graduated, and many others went onto distinguished careers. During the Great Depression, the Grammar Schools were forced to close. The School's re-opened in 1936 to become the Maryborough State High and Intermediate School for Boys and Maryborough State High and Intermediate School for Girls, amalgamating in 1974.
Both the buildings are historically and architecturally interesting, surrounded by lawn and some very old Trees. I was glad we stopped so I could have a good look and take some photo's!
Another walking trail in Maryborough, one the men would like to do!
The book, with details on lots of the Hotel's, can be bought from the Tourist Information centre for $2.
I have already described quite a few of the Hotel's, believe me, there are heaps more in Maryborough! Most have tales to tell, about Opium dens - it was legal back then, smuggler's, new settler's and ghost's. Built in the colonial era, a lot have been restored. The book tells of Shanty Bars, of Bullockies, Sailor's, Gentry, Immigrant's and Miner's frequenting the Hotel's.
So let me tell you a tale or two, starting with the Central Hotel in 1860.
The story goes......... The Publican had been out for the morning, coming home early afternoon to find his wife lying behind the Bar. He took no notice as he had often seen her like this, so he headed out again! When he returned, she was still in the same state, so he had a closer look and found her to be dead!
Mourning her briefly, he remarried within 2 weeks!
The Lamington Hotel has "Cocky the Cockatoo."
A very popular Bird, he pulls in plenty of locals to have a Beer! He is said to swear only at night!
The Oxford Hotel
Has a Ghost of a woman who wanders through the two storey Hotel like many others in Maryborough.
These days, not all are Pubs, some have been turned into Restaurant's, Shop's and other types of businesses.
The large Brolga Theatre and Convention centre was built in the year 2000.
It has lots of excellent shows, so I suggest checking out the website to see if something interests you when on holiday in Maryborough.
While we were in Maryborough, English pop group "Herman's Hermit's" were performing, A Festival of Russian Ballet and the Ten Tenor's to name a few shows.
I wished I lived nearer, I would being coming here often!
Also on the Tourist drive is a stop at Point Lookout.
As it was located on a cliff overlooking the Mary River, I thought it would have a wonderful view - this wasn't to be. I think Tree's and Shrub's have grown and blocked most of the view, as back in 1847, this Point was used as a lookout to see what Ship's were coming up river and heading to the Wharves. It must have been a good view of the river back then.
When the "spotter's" saw a Ship, they would light a smoky fire so the men at the wharves would be ready when the Ship arrived.
At the lookout point is a Rock Cairn commemorating the Vantage Spot.
My opinion, - Forget about coming in here.
A rather surprising find on the Tourist Drive, was an old Flour Mill built in 1890. In 1919, the Dominion Flour Milling Company were the owner's of the Mill. On the front of the building was an old sign "The Old Millhouse Bowerbird Nest." To me, it looked like another building in Maryborough caught in a time warp!
Open 9-5pm Monday to Friday.
Once upon a time, between the years 1860-1873, this park was the second Maryborough cemetery. Official's decided it was a health risk to have the cemetery located here amongst the expanding city, so the cemetery was moved to the now permanent Maryborough Cemetery.
Now, it is quite a big Rose Park, thanks to a lovely donation of 4,500 Roses from a WW2 Soldier to establish the Park.
We were here in August, and the Rose's were just beginning to bloom. Best bet to come in September to see them at their best - What a picture that would be!
Anzac Park and Ululah Lagoon are both together in this large Park. We were here on a week-day when the Park was quite quiet, I doubt if this would be the case on the weekends.
There is a wonderful playground for the children, a skate bowl, children's fort and flying fox.
The playground was undercover so children wouldn't get sunburnt. It was here where I saw a liberty swing for people in a wheelchair. What a great idea!
I walked down to the Lagoon where a family was busy feeding the Duck's, there weren't any thin ones, just fat and happy Duck's and a couple of Pelican's! There is plenty of other birdlife too! A good way to see the birdlife, is to either walk or cycle around the Lagoon.
I also found a plaque on a rock which said the area was a meeting and camping place for the local Aborigines.
It really is a nice place to stop for a while and have a picnic or bbq at one of the FREE BBQ's. There are picnic tables, shelters, toilet block, including one for disabled people.
On our way to see the site of "Old Maryborough Town" we saw some old graves.
As I particularly like old grave yards, the car was stopped and I went for a look. These were Pioneer graves.
Originally, there wasn't a cemetery in Maryborough, so as the pioneer's died in Old Maryborough town, they were buried in the bush. Since then, they have been moved and put together here. The headstones have survived, one was readable and the others were illegible.
What I am talking about, is the dozen's of heritage homes in Maryborough. This and Ipswich are two of the best cities to see historical homes that have been restored and repainted to look a picture.
We drove around in our car, and found some streets were better than others.
Ann & Pallas streets near our Caravan Park had some lovely homes, these can be found on the "Drive tour" of Maryborough. If you haven't the map, just look for the brown tourist signs and arrow, then follow these.
There are quite a few different styles from the 1800's scattered around Maryborough.
Maryborough has really preserved its historic charm!
The site of the original Maryborough is on the outskirts of town, too far for walking so we drove our car there. The last part of the road is dirt, and there is a small area for parking.
The original Maryborough site, occupied until 1855, didn't have much for us to see!
There are meant to be fifteen points of interest on the walk, including the Teamsters Paddock, the site of the Bush Inn, the site of Furber's Inn, the landing, wool store, sawpits, tanning pits and sawyers huts.
Then, at the top of a mown grassed hill, we found a series of plaques, only a few had information, the rest nothing, I guess somebody has stolen them or something. It wasn't very interesting because of this!
I couldn't believe that in January this year  the Mary River would have flooded the beautiful Mary River Parklands. The area was spick and span, and looked like nothing had happened!
What a beautiful Park has been created here at the historic Port of Maryborough.
The garden's are terraced and have steps down to the River or a sloping pathway so people with wheelchairs can enjoy this park. Artwork is scattered around the park, and mosaics are on the pavement. We found a nice shady place to sit on the garden seat and take in the surroundings and the views of the Mary River. While sitting here, the historic steam Train, the Mary-Ann went chugging past and then stopped and lets passenger's off.
Free toilets are located at the park. If you want, you can follow the walkway beside the River and to Queens park and look at the plaques along the way.
Doing the Discovery Walk, took me to an area in Wharf and Richmond Street's where the "Achiever's Walk" plaques were located in the pavement. The idea is to honour the Maryborough people and the Pioneer's who have gone on to become extroidinary people! It is not only the dead who are recognized, the living are too!
The plaques have high achiever's from all walks of life. Quite interesting although I didn't know a lot of them.
Just across the road from the Military & Colonial Museum is the Bond Museum which has information on the early history of Maryborough.
This is one of the city’s oldest buildings. The building was built from handmade bricks of which a couple were on display. Each brick had a mark to distinguish who had made it - They were paid by the number of bricks they made, NOT per hour.
The Bond Museum is where I found the original 1 o'clock canon. It wasn't until I came to this Museum, that I learnt Maryborough was a very busy port, having in its heyday, 12 wharf's spread along a short distance of the Mary River.
The display was very well done, starting from the very beginning of Maryborough in 1842.
Once again, it's a small Museum packed with lots of interesting history.
ADMISSION IS A GOLD COIN DONATION Preferably $2 if not $1 coin
It was worth every cent!
HOURS: Weekly 10 - 4pm
Entry fee is by gold coin donation. Group bookings outside these hours by appointment.
When I saw this heritage building, it was wow! In my opinion, this is the nicest heritage building in Maryborough.
The Courthouse is still in use and has been since it was built in 1878.
It is now the longest serving and oldest courthouse in use in Queensland.
The Courthouse is heritage listed, has corner towers and connecting verandahs. It was nicely painted and had beautiful gardens by its side.