Maryborough parks and gardens
One of Australia's earliest botanic gardens, heritage-listed Queens Park is a magnificent oasis covering 5.2 hectares in the heart of Maryborough, with sweeping river views, rolling green lawns, a waterfall, ornamental flower beds, towering trees and unique heritage features.
On the last Sunday of each month, the Mary Ann (a replica of Queensland's first steam engine) and several miniature steam engines give children and adults rides around the park. It also runs every Thursday.
The park has a playground, electric BBQ, picnic tables and toilet facilities.
Mary River Parklands
This stunning riverside park is built on the site of the original Port of Maryborough and forms part of the Portside Precinct.
The 500 square-metres of landscaped parkland offer natural terracing, community forecourt, outstanding public arts works, winding pathways, gardens, magnificent royal palms and advanced shade trees.
Anzac Park / Ululah Lagoon, Alice Street
Horse-drawn scoops were used to clear the lagoon in 1859 to form Maryborough's first water supply. The area is now a beautiful park bordered by a walk and cycle path and centred on the lagoon, which is abundant with bird life.
Anzac Park is Maryborough's major playground, with a skate bowl, children's fort, flying fox, swings and various other first-class play equipment. It also includes a liberty swing for people in a wheelchair.
It has several picnic tables, shelters, electric BBQ facilities and disabled toilet blocks making it an ideal location for family and group gatherings.
Elizabeth Park Rose Gardens, Kent Street
Take time out to smell the roses at these beautiful ornamental gardens, established on the site of Maryborough's original cemetery.
It is a wonderful place for relaxation and reflection. There are picnic tables, a shelter and toilet facilities available.
Teddington Weir, Teddington Road
Located just a short 11.5 km drive from the city, Teddington Weir is a lovely secluded spot for a picnic. Enjoy the wonders of nature on the Teddington Weir Vineforest Trail taking you through some of the interesting features in a patch of remnant vineforest scrub. Points of interest are highlighted with numbered posts.
Facilities include picnic tables, BBQ with wood supplied, a playground and public toilets.
Prickett Aquatic Centre, South Street and Ferry Street
The aquatic centre is the main access point to the Mary River for water activities. The pond located within the centre is also used for canoeing. The centre features numerous picnic tables, a shelter, bins and a toilet facility.
Brendan Hansen Park, Odessa Street
If you are looking for a place for a social game of cricket, head to the Brendan Hansen Park in Granville. It features not only a cricket pitch but picnic tables, BBQ, toilet facilities, rubbish bins, climbing fort and other play equipment.
The park is a lovely quiet spot and is the last picnic area before heading for the Great Sandy Strait.
Original Maryborough Site, Russell Street
Pioneer graves help to create a sense of going back in time when visiting the Original Maryborough Site. The area forms part of the early history of Queensland. It is the site of the original Maryborough township, settled in 1848 before being abandoned around 1855 in favour of the city's current location.
Located on the banks of the Mary River about 4km from the centre of the city, the 30-hectare site has interpretive signage and markers identifying where establishment or original settlement took place, walkways and trails along the creek frontage and pioneer graves. Other facilities include picnic tables, wood BBQs, rubbish bins and toilets.
Schultz Park, Gympie Road
Schultz Park is found on the corner of Gympie and Woongool Roads and offers a tranquil welcome to Maryborough. The park boasts plenty of shade, a wood BBQ facility, sheltered areas, picnic tables and children's playground.
Pioneer Country Park, Serenity Drive, Sunrise Drive, McGregor Street
Pioneer Country Park is the perfect place for walking. Set on 36 acres of reserve land on the banks of the Mary River, it has several walking trails, many with river frontage.
It is also an important historical site. It was the location for the region's first large scale sugarcane plantation and the main park area was once part of an extensive Chinese Market Garden.
Fay Smith Wetlands, Neptune Street
For a different type of experience, why not walk through one of the last remaining wetlands in the area. There is a series of walking bridges and walking trails through the Fay Smith Wetlands, allowing visitors to enjoy the abundant birdlife on offer.