Maryborough: River and heritage

A view of the Mary River in Maryborough from the Port Lookout.

Scooting around Maryborough offers scenic views of the Mary River and heritage buildings but there aren’t many dedicated trails.

We recommend scooting on a Saturday afternoon or Sunday to avoid busy local traffic.

We started with a Saturday afternoon scoot around Queens Park. Dating back to the 1800s, there are historic monuments, well-kept gardens and sealed paths. These are popular with sightseers and pedestrians, so the travel speed is limited and a couple of small rises are challenging to low-power motors.

There’s easy access from the gardens to the Maryborough Sailing Club and Brolga Theatre, which has a large empty carpark on weekend afternoons for a breakout speed scoot.

CBD footpaths were mostly clear on Saturday afternoon except for random kids and people visiting ATMs.

Maryborough scoot
The route of our 8km scoot on Maryborough roads and footpaths.

After checking out the town we scooted 8km return on local roads and footpaths, roughly following the river to the rural edges, stopping for water views along the way.

The roads were wide and safe but the surface was a little rough and ragged in places.

Maryborough doesn’t have a great reputation in the Wide Bay but in our opinion it’s well worth a visit. The river and heritage areas are unique and impressive.

We stayed at The Wharf B&B Marina and dined at Portside, which had lovely ambience, fairy lights, good food, outside seating on a mild July night and entertainment.

Maryborough is 255km north of Brisbane and 111km south of Bundaberg. The town was founded in 1847 and became one of the largest ports in Queensland when river trade was dominant.

Part of the Fraser Coast Council area, we found it was neglected and overlooked compared with Hervey Bay considering the population of 27,000 people.

The heritage precint is world class but there are few dedicated cycling and walking paths whereas Hervey Bay has these in abundance.


Scenery: 8/10

Safety: 6/10

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