Maryborough & the Fraser Coast

Map QueenslandThe world’s most unique island, the start of the Great Barrier Reef, and outstanding heritage combine to create an irresistible nature-based playground to celebrate the 30th AGM event on Queensland’s Fraser Coast.

The venue is the first class Maryborough Showgrounds and Equestrian Park – considered one of the finest in Australia and situated only 2kms north of Maryborough on the Bruce Highway.

Maryborough is the heart of Queensland’s Fraser Coast region which offers a number of once in a lifetime eco-adventures just waiting for you to stay and discover.

A must do for the bucket list is World-Heritage listed Fraser Island with its towering, untouched ancient rainforests, pristine freshwater lakes and coloured sands.

Another unbeatable experience is Lady Elliot Island.  A short scenic flight will take you to the island and the start of the Great Barrier Reef where you can step off the beach into a magical world of unrivalled coral and marine life and snorkel alongside giant manta rays and turtles.

Maryborough itself is one of Queensland’s oldest cities where 19th century guides spin yarns of slave traders and newsettlers, steam trains chug through riverside parks and a time cannon is firedon city streets. Once one of Australia’slargest and busiest ports in the lead up to Federation, the city’s beautifully preserved colonial streets are filled with living history and magnificent heritage architecture.

Maryborough MapExplorean impressive collection of museums and art galleries, snag a bargain at its famous weekly market or go on one of Maryborough’s quirky tours and trails,including a self-guided Historic Pubs Trail to discover the bottled history ofthe city’s famed, heritage listed hotels.

With some of the most protected waters along the Queensland coastline and some of its most stunning beaches, Hervey Bay is another Fraser Coast jewel. It’s a water lover’s paradise with year round swimming, diving, sailing,water sports and fishing.

Cruise the Bay’s calm, crystal clear waters and take an eco-tour to see coral,dugongs, dolphins, turtles and other marine life. Stroll along its 14km Esplanade and enjoy one of the many cosmopolitan and alfresco cafes where you can dine on scrumptious local seafood, including Hervey Bay’s famous scallops and prawns.

Follow the region’s spectacular coastline and discover the diverse beauty of the Great Sandy Strait where charming coastal villages are complimented by a stunning coastline of pristine, white sandy beaches stretching from Woodgate to Rainbow Beach.

The splendour of the Fraser Coast is not only confined to the coast, with national parks, native woodlands, heath and dense rainforest and the beautiful Mary River combining the best of the Fraser Coast Hinterland.

Take a ride to the charming rural town of Tiaro,with its historic country pubs, and Bauple, the ancestral home of the macadamia nut.

The Fraser Coast is throwing out the welcome mat for Ulysses members during the AGM event, with tours, trails and special celebrations including a massive party at the end of the Grand Parade in Maryborough’s stunning, heritage listed Queens Park.  

How to get there

Self Drive

Maryborough is just 3 hours drive (255km) north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway (A1). Hervey Bay is a further 34km north-east of Maryborough.

By Air

Virgin Blue operates direct jet services from Sydney to the Fraser Coast Airport, Hervey Bay daily, with convenient connections from most Australian capitals. Qantaslink has flights from Brisbane to Fraser Coast Airport, Hervey Bay daily. Airport Shuttle Hervey Bay provides transfer services from Fraser Coast Airport to Maryborough and return meeting all services.

Virgin Blue
W:  http://www.virginblue.com.au     
P:  136 789 
W:  http://www.qantas.com
P:  131 313

By Rail

Queensland Rail operates regular services from Brisbane, Rockhampton and Cairns into Maryborough West train station. Transfers into Maryborough CBD can be included via the Trainlink bus service, which connects with every train.

Queensland Rail
Website:  http://www.queenslandrail.com.au/RailServices/Travelnetwork/Pages/BookNow.aspx
Phone: 1800 TRAINS (1800 872 467)

By Coach

Greyhound and Premier operate several northbound (from Brisbane) and southbound (from Cairns) services each day to Maryborough. Greyhound operate daily services from the Maryborough to Brisbane.

1300 473 946

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