The Fraser Coast region is centred on the two cities of Hervey Bay and Maryborough. For many years, Maryborough was the region’s main centre but over the last 20 years Hervey Bay has outgrown it. A popular destination due to its rich heritage architecture, Maryborough also has a solid economic base with more than 130 years of industry based in the area, including heavy engineering, forestry and agriculture.
The surrounding area has prime industrial land located on the Bruce Highway and a rail corridor marked for hard-to-locate industries and heavy industry.
Maryborough is one of Queensland’s oldest cities and was a major commercial and industrial port in the late 1800s. Situated on the banks of the Mary River, which connects through to the Great Sandy Strait, it was a major port of entry for immigrants arriving in Queensland from all parts of the world. With such a rich history, the city offers many impressive heritage experiences as many of the original buildings have been preserved. The original port district is now a heritage precinct with colonial buildings, sensational riverside parks, art galleries and museums, historic pubs, steam trains and river cruises.
Maryborough also has a unique connection to Mary Poppins as the birthplace of her creator, author Pamela Travers. The bank she was born and where her father worked is one of the city’s many heritage buildings.
Strong Economic Growth
Maryborough remains a major transport hub as it is positioned on the Bruce Highway and by the rail with the Tilt Train. It also has an airfield serving light aircraft, with plans for an airpark in development.
It was a significant agricultural, commercial and industrial centres, including heavy engineering and shipbuilding, and is still the base for some of Queensland’s largest companies, such as Downer EDI, a heavy engineering business that built much of the rolling stock and locomotives for Queensland Rail.
The city also has had traditional ties to the timber industry and is home to Hyne Timber, one of the largest and oldest producers of natural timber products in Australia.
Sugar cane from the surrounding region has been processed in Maryborough since 1864 and at the Maryborough Sugar Mill 1895.
Art & Culture
The city has a strong arts and culture community, and hosts many festivals, markets, and conferences including the annual Mary Poppins Festival, the Relish Food Festival, Pub Fest, and the bi-annual music teachers’ conference.
The city’s Brogla Theatre is regarded as one of the best regional theatres in Australia, with a new program of national and international shows every month.
Art and culture is celebrated at Gatakers Artspace – a stunning heritage building which houses local and touring exhibitions.