Maryborough is located in the centre of the Victorian Goldfields. It has a population of approximately 8,500 people. It is a historic town that has may fine historic buildings where you will gain an insight into the rich history of the region. The Court House, Town Hall, Post Office and Fire Station are magnificent examples of workmanship of a bye-gone era and the Maryborough Railway Station is a must to visit. With a temperate climate our region enjoys very warm summers, sunny springs, colourful autumns and mild winters.
Using Maryborough as a base to explore the region is a fantastic idea. Maryborough is less than an hour's drive to discover the attractions of Ballarat and Bendigo and just under 2 hours from Melbourne. It's a great place to stay while you visit the Pyrenees Wine Region, fossick for gold, or simply explore the region's many parks and gardens.
The Central Goldfields Shire is one of Australia's premier gold detecting regions and is famous for its alluvial gold. Best known areas for the large number of nuggets found in the past are Dunolly, Moliagul, Rheola, Kingower and Wedderburn. Today, nuggets continue to be unearthed throughout this region. www.coiltek.com.au
Maryborough Railway Station
No visit to Maryborough is complete without seeing the historic railway station. The railway station was completed in 1891 and now houses the Antique Emporium an award winning tourist attraction. Marvel at the grandeur of the building and browse the many antiques and Memorabilia.
Sports & Recreation
There are many sporting activities available in Maryborough including tennis, lawn bowls, golf, petanque, croquet and fishing. The many cycling tracks and scenic outlook make cycling a popular past time. There is both an indoor and outdoor swimming pool and for the fitness minded there is a fully equipped fitness centre with fitness classes, sauna, spas and massage is also available.
Parks & Gardens
Paddy's Ranges National Park and the Craigie State Forest
Wander along the walking tracks of Paddy's Ranges National Park, Maryborough Regional Park where you will find fascinating Aboriginal Wells and the Craigie State Forest where you will be surrounded by birds and wildlife. This is a great place to find the remnants of the old goldfields. The spring flowers are wonderful and the Golden Wattle blossoming amid the Box -Ironbark forest is a visual delight in springtime. There are over 230 species of wildflowers and about 30 Orchid varieties. These areas were used for grazing, timber, Eucalyptus Oil and Honey production in the 1800's but they are now reserves to protect the remains of the Box-Ironbark forest. The parks have picnic areas, a water tank and fireplaces for winter
Phillips Botanical Gardens
Features beautiful trees, shrubs and grassed picnic areas. The lake was originally a dam for the supply of water for gold mining. Home to prolific bird life and also home to the growling grass frog which can be heard rather than seen. It contains many interesting tree species. A great spot for a picnic.
Take a leisurely walk around Lake Victoria and stop along the way to feed the ducks and swans. Princes Park also features a children's playground and BBQ area, historic grandstand, band rotunda (1904), original ticket box and oval, swimming pool open in the summer months, tennis courts. Princes Park is the perfect place to relax or enjoy a game of cricket or football.
Close by is the Pyreness Wine Region. After being known principally as a gold mining district in the nineteenth century and for sheep grazing in the first half of the twentieth century the Pyrenees is at last becoming famous for rich red wines made principally from the cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties. Like many of the former gold mining regions of Central and Western Victoria the Pyrenees has a heritage of wine.
To find out more go to www.visitmaryborough.com.au