Maryborough is one of my favourite places to visit, here you will find some of the best heritage-listed buildings and the most spectacular architecture. This is a city rich in history with many stories to tell. The city has seen its fair share of tragedy over the decades from devastating floods to plagues and fires, but it has also been a town of hope and resilience, and the birthplace of some prominent and famous people from politicians to Olympians to authors.
This is the one chance a year to go back in history and gain entry to some of the oldest buildings in Maryborough and to stroll around the historic gardens. Don’t forget your camera!.- Kim Parnell, Editor
Maryborough Open House is now in its sixth year and continues to showcase what is special and unique about Maryborough. The historic buildings help tell the history of the city. The weekend is about unlocking the stories behind historic buildings and beautiful gardens. Open House chairperson George Seymour said that whether ringing the historic bells at St Paul’s bell tower, exploring Baddow House mansion or learning the interesting histories behind our old pubs; exploring the buildings was an enjoyable and enlightening experience.
Open Gardens will include many presentations and musical performances. It is about showing what is possible in Maryborough’s sub-tropical climate. “Maryborough has always had a very strong gardening culture” Mr Seymour said. Gardeners should get some inspiration from the gardens open for the day. The gardens range from small cottage gardens to large expansive riverside terraced gardens.
Maryborough Open House
10am to 4pm
Maryborough, one of Queensland’s oldest cities, opens its doors for you to explore the past. The grandeur of private residences, churches and striking public buildings reflects Maryborough’s early prosperity in the late 1800s and 1900s. Discover architectural styles ranging from colonial and federation era to the more simplified styles of the inter-war period.
- Free Brolga Backstage Tours – Learn the history of the theatre and backstage secrets on a 45 min Tour
- Ring the Bells – Experience the thrill of ringing the oldest church bells in Queensland at St Paul’s Bell Tower.
- Tipples and Tales – Meet The Gauger and hear his stories of the Bond Store’s past as you enjoy a tantalizing experience of regional ports, liqueurs and tasting platters. Cost: $30
- Gatakers By Night Special performance with The Company – Settle in as Gatakers Courtyard is transformed with free live music, drinks, food and art. FREE
Maryborough School of Arts Customs House
Maryborough City Hall Customs House Residence
St Paul’s Anglican Church Bond Store
Goods Shed Railway Station Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum
St Mary’s Catholic Church Criterion Hotel
WWII Air Raid Shelter MELSA Waterside Workers Hall
Maryborough Heritage Centre Gatakers Artspace
Federal Hotel Cottage and National Trust Interiors Resource Centre
Christ Church Granville Croydon Foundry Museum
Brennan And Geraghtys Store Museum Baddow House
Water Treatment Plant Wide Bay Hospitals Museum
Californian Bungalow WWII Royal Australian Airforce Hangars
St Matthew’s Lutheran Church Brolga Theatre
Maryborough Open Garden
10am to 4pm
Stroll through Maryborough’s stunning gardens and discover the natural beauty of our charming city. Be inspired as you explore the private gardens of some of Maryborough’s most avid green thumbs.
- · There will be live music, demonstrations and plant sales at various gardens
9 Elizabeth Street, Maryborough 14 North Street, Maryborough
201 Alice Street, Maryborough Lupton Park Community Garden
25 Chelsea Court, Tinana 192 Iindah Road West, Tinana
19 Brooke Court, Oakhurst 64 Louden Close, Yengarie
41 Aldershot Street, Aldershot 131 Burgowan Road, Torbanlea
To read the history of the buildings and gardens, or to view maps, visit: http://www.ourfrasercoast.com.au/Open-House