Maryborough Railway Station
The Maryborough Highland Gathering (1 January 2014), held on New Years Day every year since 1857, has evolved to become one of the most popular festivities on the Maryborough sporting calendar, drawing huge crowds for the family activities, food and fun. The highlight is the hotly contested foot race; the 120-metre Maryborough Gift.
Located in the the heart of the Victorian Goldfields region, Maryborough is two hours drive from Melbourne. A beautiful heritage township, it is home to historic gold rush architecture, lush gardens, antiques, art and a fast growing food and wine scene. The town is most well known for the Maryborough Railway Station which dates back to the 1890s and has the longest platform in the Southern Hemisphere. The station was recently awarded by UNESCO for Cultural Heritage and will soon appear on an Australia Post stamp.
Parkview Bakery & Cafe (Located at 21 Tuaggra Street) is an award winning, family owned business, serving high quality, locally made produce including an extensive range of award-winning pies, bread, cakes and pastries.
Ripples on the Res restaurant is situated on the picturesque Maryborough Reservoir, where visitors are treated to Saturday night spit roast dinners or a Smorgasbord lunch on Sundays outside, surrounded by stands of eucalypts towering in the bushland.
Legenz Wine Bar Café located in the heart of town, the café and wine bar, is a local favourite for great coffee and home made gourmet cakes and quiches. The menu serves light café-style lunches and pub style dinners.
The Maryborough Junction Motel has undergone a full refurbishment to their 16 guest rooms, with a style and décor fitting of city standards. The Junction also recently introduced a two-bedroom, self-contained apartment, ideal for longer family stays, with a large lounge area and spacious bedrooms and its own separate lock up garage.
Blue Diamond Cottage is a luxurious, self-contained getaway, a great option for larger groups. A beautifully restored cottage from the 1900s, Blue Diamond is the place to experience heritage-meets-contemporary luxury. Sleep on late 1800s antique brass beds topped with plush, modern mattresses, stroll in the beautifully landscaped rear garden complete with romantic swing, and cook dinner over a gas barbecue under the stars.
Located in Avoca, a short drive from Maryborough, Billabong Bed & Breakfast is a tranquil bed & breakfast with scenic views of the garden, state forest and Pyrenees ranges. Billabong Bed & Breakfast includes an outdoor jaccuzi/spa and a giant chess and petanque garden, where abundant birdlife can be seen.
Located in an old fire station (built in 1861), the Central Goldfields Art Gallery showcases a changing exhibition program of local and regional artists as well as diverse touring exhibitions. Two oil paintings by late artist, Pro Hart, are part of the permanent exhibition. Admission to the gallery is free.
Antique lovers will adore the Maryborough Station Antiques & Café, a treasure trove of china, silverware, royal memorabilia, fabrics, tin toys, art deco and artefacts. Thousands of antiques and collectable items can be found here, housed in the historic Maryborough Station.
A visit to the Goldfields wouldn’t be complete without a spot of prospecting. The Coiltek Gold Centre runs gold prospecting tours every Friday and Saturday, starting at 9am and finishing at 4.30pm. Traversing the Goldfields, the tour includes the latest gold prospecting detectors and other equipment, a tutorial on how to prospect for gold, and then a chance for visitors to go detecting for on their own.