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Discover the Wide Bay on a Croquet Road Trip

Croquet-lover's guide: On a road trip in the Wide Bay area of Queensland.

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LOOKING for a unique way to venture through Queensland’s Wide Bay region during the cooler months of the year (May to August)?

Why not plan a self-drive adventure around the genteel sport with this croquet-lover’s guide? It’s a delightful twist that promises to provide local insights into must-see tourist destinations beyond the glossy brochures.

Whether you’re a croquet novice or a seasoned player, the focus is on fun and exploration. Picture yourself amidst stunning coastal landscapes, where every mallet swing is a step towards uncovering the area’s rich heritage.

Within the Wide Bay region, you will find welcoming croquet communities at Hervey Bay, Maryborough, Bundaberg, and Childers.

This itinerary lets you customise your route based on your preferences, whether you fly or take a train, then hire a car, or drive. It also ensures plenty of time to explore must-visit tourist spots in the stunning Wide Bay region during your winter croquet holiday.


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Road, Rail, Air: Your Gateways to Wide Bay Adventures

  • If you’re driving along the Bruce Highway from the south, your Wide Bay winter holiday begins in Maryborough. You continue to Hervey Bay and then head to Childers and Bundaberg. Conversely, if you’re arriving from the north, your route starts in Bundaberg. Explore the Burnett area before driving south to Maryborough and Hervey Bay.
  • Queensland Rail’s regular services connect you to stations at Maryborough West and/or Bundaberg. At Maryborough West, hop on a Rail Bus that takes you into the heart of the city, where car hire options await. For details, visit Queensland Rail Travel.
  • Hervey Bay Airport has regular Jetstar and Qantas flights connecting Hervey Bay to Brisbane and Sydney. Jetstar is also introducing a Melbourne route starting on June 20, 2024. For details, visit Hervey Bay Airport Airlines.
  • Bundaberg Regional Airport is serviced by Qantaslink, Link Airways, and Bonza Airline. Qantaslink provides 38 weekly services connecting Bundaberg to Brisbane, while Link Airways offers six services per week on the same route. For details, visit Bundaberg Regional Airport.


The route you choose will vary based on your starting point, while the duration of your stay at each destination will hinge on your croquet schedule and sightseeing preferences. To streamline your trip-planning process, consider using helpful tools like the RACQ Trip Planner online. With its user-friendly interface, RACQ Trip Planner is an ideal starting point among the trip-planning options available.

Read on to learn about the Wide Bay croquet clubs where visitors can enjoy games and discover some highlights of the region’s top attractions.

Heads-up: While we outline an ideal day at each spot, you might consider extending your stay at each location for a richer holiday experience! It’s also advisable to reach out to the croquet clubs in advance to check your visit aligns with their schedule, which may include local, regional, state, and national tournaments.


Croquet & Beyond: Discover the Wide Bay’s Best

Hervey Bay


Venture further: Hervey Bay is the gateway to the World Heritage-listed K’gari (Fraser Island). Join a guided tour or rent a 4WD to explore the world’s largest sand island. Spend the next days exploring the island’s wonders, including Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, and the Maheno shipwreck. Camping options are available for those seeking an immersive experience in nature. For details, visit K’gari. To book a barge, visit Sealink.

Hervey Bay Whale Festival: Experience unparalleled whale watching from July to October as thousands of humpback whales pause in its tranquil waters during migration. Unlike other stops, these majestic creatures linger, allowing for intimate encounters. The annual Hervey Bay Whale Festival celebrates this unique bond, emphasizing ocean conservation and the region’s diverse marine life. Click the link above for details.




Venture further: The Fraser Coast hinterland offers an escape from the beaten path. Explore historic hotels and towns, including the birthplace of the macadamia nut. At the heart of the southern hinterland lies the Mary River, offering breathtaking scenery, serene picnic spots, and ideal conditions for kayaking, camping, and fishing. Don’t miss Tiaro’s old-fashioned pub fare or for history buffs, a visit to Tiaro and Bauple is a must. Cap off your adventure with a visit to Utopia Rock Pools and the Brooweena Museum and Historical Village.

Festivals: The annual Mary Poppins Festival in June/July celebrates the magic of storytelling. Set in the beautiful Queens Park and heritage streetscapes, reminiscent of the Mary Poppins stories, this event delights people of all ages with Poppins-inspired activities. Meanwhile, the Relish Food & Wine Festival in June offers a culinary adventure in the Portside Precinct and Queen’s Park, featuring local cuisine, celebrity chefs, gourmet tastings, and live music. Visitors can also explore regional wineries and indulge in the finest seasonal produce of the Fraser Coast.



Venture further: Explore the eco-paradise of Lady Elliot Island, renowned for its plentiful manta rays, turtles, and pristine coral reefs. Nestled 80 kilometres from Bundaberg, this coral cay offers a wildlife-rich retreat sans spa treatments or phone signals. Dive into an immersive eco-experience focused on snorkelling, scuba diving, and relaxation. You’ll need an airfare to get there, but it’s worth exploring.

Taste Bundaberg Festival: Don’t miss the 10-day culinary extravaganza of the Taste Bundaberg Festival in late August. Indulge in authentic flavours sourced from the region’s bountiful farmlands and pristine coastline, celebrating the dedication of local farmers, distillers, brewers, fishermen, and graziers. With a tasty menu of events to suit every palate, from banquets to barbecues, this festival promises to delight food enthusiasts. For details, visit Taste Bundaberg Festival.



Venture further: Embark on a self-drive winery tour where you can sample a variety of wines, learn about the winemaking process, and enjoy the scenic surroundings of the Childers region.

  • Hill of Promise Winery: Visitors are invited to savour handcrafted wines made from locally grown fruit in a charming family-owned vineyard setting.
  • Ohana Winery & Exotic Fruits: This family-owned winery specializes in producing wines from a variety of exotic fruits grown on their property, offering visitors a unique tasting experience.
  • Vintner’s Secret Vineyard: Situated in Childers, Vintner’s Secret Vineyard produces a range of wines from grapes grown on their estate, with a focus on crafting high-quality, handcrafted wines.

Childers Multicultural Festival: This annual event on the last weekend in July celebrates the cultural diversity of the region and typically features live music and performances, market stalls selling arts and crafts, delicious food from around the world, and family-friendly activities. The festival attracts visitors from near and far and is a celebration of community spirit and cultural exchange in Childers. For details visit Childers Multicultural Festival.


Wrapping up your Croquet-Lover’s Guide to the Wide Bay

As your self-drive adventure through Queensland’s Wide Bay region comes to an end, take a moment to reflect on the memories made and the experiences shared.

From the historic streets of Maryborough, Childers, and Bundaberg to the pristine beaches of Lady Elliot Island, and K’gari, this journey has offered a glimpse into the diverse beauty and rich culture of Australia’s Sunshine State.

And who could forget the delightful detours for croquet games, adding a touch of elegance to your exploration? Until next time, happy travels!

Croquet-lover's Guide: On a road trip in the Wide Bay area of Queensland.

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Maryborough, Qld, To Host 2025 National Citroën Cit-In!

GET revved up! Maryborough, Queensland, has been announced as the backdrop for the much-anticipated 2025 national Citroën club gathering, affectionately dubbed Cit-In.

In a grand unveiling at the 2024 national gathering in Devonport, Tasmania, last night (24 March 2024), the President of the Citroën Car Club of Queensland, Adrian Chatterton, revealed plans that are bound to set automotive lovers, the city of Maryborough, and the wider Fraser Coast region abuzz.

“In May 2025, Citroën club members from across the nation will converge upon Maryborough, Queensland, bringing at least 70 Citroën cars from every corner of Australia for their annual celebration,” Mr Chatterton said.

“This gathering is more than just a congregation of cars; it’s a celebration of heritage, innovation, and the enduring legacy of Citroën in Australia.”

“Maryborough’s Brolga Theatre and Convention Centre will serve as the backdrop for this spectacular event, offering ample space and facilities to accommodate enthusiasts and spectators.”

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Citroen cars lined up.

Citroën aficionados show their vehicles ahead of the 2024 national Cit-in gathering in Devonport, Tasmania.


2025 Cit-in to Showcase Citroën’s Legacy

Citroëns from throughout Australia will be in Maryborough from Friday, May 2, to Monday, May 5, 2025, with cars that span the breadth of the brand’s illustrious history.

From classic models like the DS, marking its 70th anniversary, to iconic vehicles such as the 2CV, each car tells a story—a testament to Citroën’s revolutionary impact on the automotive industry.

On Saturday, May 3, 2025, admirers will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the world of Citroën at a Show and Shine event—a dazzling showcase of craftsmanship, innovation, and the rich heritage synonymous with the brand.

Adding a touch of elegance and nostalgia to the proceedings, the Cit-In formal dinner on Sunday evening will transport club members back to the glamour of Paris 1955, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the legendary DS. It’s an evening of fine dining, entertainment, and camaraderie—a fitting tribute to the timeless allure of Citroën.

However, the significance of this event extends beyond the confines of Citroën owners.

Next year, 2025, marks the 100th anniversary of the Australian circumnavigation by a car—an achievement made possible by none other than a Citroën 5CV. This historic milestone emphasises the pioneering spirit and enduring legacy of Citroën vehicles, a legacy that continues to inspire generations of automotive enthusiasts to this day.


Citroen lovers check out the range of cars as members of the Citroen Car Club of Queensland make their way to Tasmania for the 2024 Cit-In.


Fraser Coast Set to Shine with 2025 Cit-in

As anticipation builds for the 2025 national Cit-In gathering in Maryborough, I can’t help but reflect on the impact this event will have, not only on Maryborough itself, but also on the wider Fraser Coast community.

Beyond the gleaming cars, this gathering promises to breathe excitement into Maryborough, inviting visitors to explore its historic streets, charming cafes, and vibrant culture.

The event also serves as a gateway to the wonders of the Fraser Coast, beckoning travellers to discover the breathtaking beauty of Hervey Bay’s picturesque beaches and historic piers where they can relax and soak up the sun.

Just a short ferry ride away lies K’gari (Fraser Island), a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its stunning natural landscapes and unique wildlife. From ancient rainforests to crystal-clear lakes, K’gari offers an unforgettable wilderness experience for nature enthusiasts and adventurers.

So, as we eagerly anticipate the Cit-In gathering in 2025, let us celebrate the opportunity it brings to showcase the unparalleled beauty and diverse attractions of the Fraser Coast to visitors from near and far.

Citroen cars lined up.

As they journey to Tasmania for the 2024 Cit-in, Citroën Car Club of Queensland members showcase their love for the brand.


Countdown to 2025 Cit-in: Mark Your Calendar Now

For Citroën enthusiasts and automotive fans, the 2025 national Cit-in gathering is an event not to be missed.

It’s a celebration of heritage, innovation, and camaraderie—a chance to come together and pay homage to a brand that has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions around the world.

As we eagerly await the arrival of May 2025, I invite you to start counting down the days until Citroën lovers gather in Maryborough, Qld, where memories will be made, friendships forged, and a legacy celebrated for generations to come.

For more information and updates on the event, please visit the official Cit-in website here. This site will be live following the announcement evening on March 24, 2024.

– Jocelyn Watts, JM Editor.

About Citroën Car Club of Queensland

The Citroën Car Club of Queensland is dedicated to preserving and promoting the heritage of Citroën vehicles in Australia. With a passionate community of enthusiasts, the club hosts events, gatherings, and activities to celebrate the unique charm and innovation of Citroën automobiles.

Citroen owners on their way to Cit-In 2024.

Citroën enthusiasts take in the sights en route to the 2024 Cit-in gathering in Tasmania. In 2025, their journey will lead them to Maryborough, Queensland.


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Explore Maryborough’s Food Culture

MARYBOROUGH, Queensland, has a foodie scene that has me hooked! Here’s the scoop: I’m part of a Maryborough dining group that meets for a Girls’ Night Out every month, visiting different spots around the city to show some love to local venues.

Our annual grand finale in December? That’s reserved for the Portside Café & Restaurant. Trust me, it’s more than just a meal—it’s an experience. The setting, the history, the service, and let’s not forget the unique cuisine—they’ve got it all.

But there’s more to my Maryborough dining adventures. I’m also part of the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club. We meet at the Old Sydney Hotel every month to sip on wine and dive into some seriously good food.

When people ask me about my favourite spots to dine in Maryborough, it’s like asking me to pick a favourite child—I just can’t! From cosy cafes to lively pubs, each spot has its vibe that keeps me coming back for more. So, I’ve put together a list of our top picks, covering breakfast, lunch, and dinner, in no particular order.

Oh, and Maryborough has more than restaurants, cafes, and pubs—there are also bakeries, coffee shops, and clubs—you name it. But for now, let’s focus on our favourite places where you can relax at breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and treat your taste buds to something special. Click the links for more about each venue, including the menu, address, and phone number.

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Portside Café & Restaurant

Maryborough dining - Portside Cafe & Restaurant

With accolades like the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Award’s Best Restaurant or Cafe in 2021, Best Restaurant in 2022 and 2023, and TripAdvisor’s 2022 Travellers’ Choice Award, Portside Café & Restaurant is a real winner—and it’s no surprise why.

Tucked inside the original Customs House Residence of Maryborough, dating back to the 1800s, Portside oozes history and charm. From its prime location overlooking the Mary River and Queens Park to its intricate architecture, this spot is a real gem.

During the mid to late 1800s, this precinct served as one of Maryborough’s bustling ports, welcoming over 30,000 new settlers and South Sea Islanders as a primary arrival point.

With Portside’s menu blending modern Australian flair with Southern Californian/Mexican influences, there’s something for everyone. Their chicken tinga tacos, nicoise salad with Tasmanian salmon, and pina colada crème brûlée are among my favourite dishes.

Let’s not forget the quality service and friendly staff who cater to everyone’s dietary needs. So, whether you’re a local or just passing through, dining at Portside isn’t just a meal—it’s an experience.

Location: 103 Wharf Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.portsidecafeandrestaurant.com/


Sails at McNevins Maryborough Motel

Maryborough dining venue

At Sails, I experienced some of the most mouthwatering dishes I’ve ever tasted. The smoked barramundi stood out, boasting a delicate flavour with just the right hint of sweetness. The smoking process elevated the natural taste of the fish, adding a subtle yet delightful smokiness that perfectly complemented its flavours. And, let’s not forget about those lamb shanks on another occasion—tender, succulent, and melting in my mouth with every bite.

While menus may change over time, if you happen to come across the smoked barramundi and lamb shanks at Sails, trust me, they’re worth a try. Sails isn’t just about the food though—it’s the whole experience. With a fully licensed 100-seat fine-dining restaurant and a welcoming bar, it’s perfect for any special occasion, whether it’s a wedding, corporate event, or just a night out with friends. Plus, their friendly staff is available to ensure everything runs smoothly, leaving you free to enjoy the culinary delights.

Location: 188 John Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://maryborough-motel.mcnevins.com.au/fine-dining/

La Familia Pizzeria

Maryborough dining venue

La Familia Pizzeria, a fresh addition to the Maryborough dining scene, has quickly become a favourite eatery in town. After our first visit to this Great Gatsby-inspired spot, we were hooked. So much so, that we broke our usual routine and went back the very next month!

Winning the Fraser Coast Business & Tourism People’s Choice Awards in 2023 was the cherry on top for La Familia Maryborough, and it’s no surprise with the glowing TripAdvisor reviews pouring in.

Just take it from Johnnyrocket2013, who raved about the authentic vibe, stellar service from Kimberly and Blaine, and mouthwatering dishes served piping hot. Brad R. couldn’t get enough of their Greek lamb Calzone and Gambino Pizza, while Melissa B. gave top marks across the board for location, venue, service, and, of course, the food—deliziosa!

With feedback like that, it’s clear La Familia is a must-visit spot in Maryborough, whether you’re dining in or grabbing a takeaway pizza for a cosy night in. The reviews speak volumes.

Location: 8/373 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LaFamiliaMaryborough/


White Lion Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

During the Covid pandemic in 2020, the White Lion Hotel seized the opportunity for a complete makeover, breathing new life into this historic pub. Now, it not only welcomes its loyal regulars spanning decades, but also draws in a fresh crowd seeking modern dining experiences. Conveniently located within walking distance from the Brolga Theatre, it’s a popular pre-show dining spot too.

Established back in 1864, the White Lion Hotel is steeped in history, adding to its charm for both locals and visitors alike. From delicious seasonal dishes to classics like wood-fired pizzas and traditional pub fare, there’s something to please everyone’s palate. With a dedicated chef and team pouring their passion into every dish, satisfaction is practically guaranteed. Whether it’s a hearty steak, fresh seafood, or indulgent desserts, you’re in for a treat at the White Lion Hotel.

Location: 37 Walker Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://thewhitelion.com.au/

Indian Diamond Maryborough

Maryborough dining venue

Indian Diamond is our go-to spot for indulging in authentic North Indian cuisine. Since its establishment in 2012, this family-owned venue has been serving up mouthwatering Indian dishes that keep us coming back for more. Whether dining in, grabbing a takeaway, or opting for delivery, the options are vast. Plus, it’s BYO wine, so you can sip on your favourite bottle while savouring the flavours.

And we’re not the only ones singing its praises—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t get enough either. Eleise8100 raves about the perfect balance of spice, with the Lamb Korma stealing the show, while ZinnyandFi hail it as their favourite Indian spot across Wide Bay.

With glowing reviews like these, it’s no wonder Indian Diamond remains a top choice for locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re craving a flavourful curry or some crispy samosas, this place delivers every time.

Location: 3/133 Lennox Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.indiandiamondrestaurant.com/


Cocky’s Grill at the Lamington Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

At the Lamington Hotel’s grill restaurant, choosing a favourite dish is a tough call—the menu is bursting with options!

Fun fact: the venue got its name from a feisty cockatoo who lived behind the hotel for over 25 years, and was known for its colourful language after dark.

Cocky’s Grill is a hit with hungry guests, and the bar/lounge is the perfect spot to unwind with a drink. Situated on Ferry Street on the northern side of the Mary River, next to the iconic Lamington Bridge, this historic hotel has been serving since 1864.

Originally named the Ariadne after the ship that brought the first settlers in 1862, it was rebuilt and renamed to honour Governor Lord Lamington and the new bridge post-flood in 1893.

If you’re eyeing a meal at Cocky’s Grill, better book ahead—it’s a hotspot, and seats fill up fast!

Location: 33 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/Lamington-Hotel-Motel-100063510974239/

Granville Tavern

Maryborough dining venue

While I haven’t made it to any of our Girls’ Night Out gatherings at the Granville Tavern yet, the other ladies have all given it rave reviews and can’t wait to go back. They say it’s a warm and welcoming spot with the chicken schnitzel stealing the show.

And the full menu? Well, it’s got everything from calamari to steaks, fish, and seafood baskets—a feast for sure! The portions are generous, prices reasonable, and the chips? Apparently, unbeatable.

Fun fact: When the record flood of 1893 hit Maryborough, the original Granville Arms and Fig Tree Hotel were washed away. But, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the hotel was rebuilt on higher ground at its current location. It’s weathered a few rebuilds since then but remains a bustling social hub, especially during floods when the Granville Bridge is cut off and the suburb turns into an island.

Location: 23 Odessa St, Granville QLD 4650
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GranvilleTavern/


Alowishus Delicious

Maryborough dining venue

While recently exploring Maryborough for photo opportunities, I popped into Alowishus Delicious for a quick lunch and ended up spending an hour catching up with long-time friends. That’s the kind of welcoming atmosphere you can expect at Alowishus.

In the city’s heart, it’s the perfect spot for a light meal or snack while reconnecting with friends. A two-time winner of the Countrywide Cafe of the Year in 2019 and 2020, Alowishus has been a staple in the community since its establishment in 2011.

With a commitment to local connections and exceptional service, they strive to provide great value to every customer.

Their full-service kitchen offers a range of breakfast and lunch options, from classic brunch dishes to indulgent burgers and salads. Don’t forget to treat yourself to one of their delicious gelato flavours while you’re there.

Location: 232 – 244 Adelaide Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.alowishus.com.au/

Harry’s Thai Food

Maryborough dining venue

Nestled among the shops at Tinana Shopping Centre on Gympie Road, just south of the Lamington Bridge, is a gem perfect for group gatherings like ours. Say hello to Harry’s Thai Food. With a cosy atmosphere and authentic Thai flavours, it’s a winner every time.

Their menu is a treasure trove of Thai delights, from barbecue pork and satay chicken skewers to mouthwatering curries, pad Khing, and more. Plus, their chef’s passion for food and top-notch service ensures a memorable dining experience with every visit.

Dine-in or takeaway—whatever suits your fancy. Harry welcomes you to kick back, relax, and savour the delicious flavours of Thailand right here in Maryborough. And here’s a tip: why not grab an extra dish to enjoy at home later?

Location: shop 4/26-34 Gympie Rd, Tinana, 4660.
Website: https://www.harrysthaifood.com/


Old Sydney Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Old Sydney Hotel, where the Wide Bay Beefsteak and Burgundy Club holds its monthly dinners, boasts quality cuisine tailored to the club’s discerning palates. While these menus are exclusive to club members, there’s still plenty for you to enjoy.

Situated just a stone’s throw from Queen’s Park and the Mary River, the Old Sydney Hotel is a Maryborough staple. From a cosy front bar to a vibrant sports bar, it’s got all the makings of your favourite local pub. Its menu celebrates the best of Queensland produce, with modern dishes and classic pub favourites to satisfy every craving.

Whether you’re grabbing a quick bite with your mates or settling in for a family lunch, the spacious bistro has you covered. As you dine, take in the rich history of Maryborough through the black and white photos adorning the walls.

So, whether it’s a casual catch-up or a special occasion, the Old Sydney Hotel is the perfect spot to kick back and enjoy quality pub dining in a relaxed atmosphere.

Location: Cnr Ellena & Richmond Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://www.oldsydneyhotel.com.au/

Happy Days Diner

Maryborough dining venue

Would you believe it? Happy Days Diner, an American eatery in Maryborough, Qld! Stepping inside feels like a journey back to the fabulous 50s, with classic tunes, retro vibes, and of course, American fare.

And it’s not just me who’s impressed—TripAdvisor reviewers can’t stop singing its praises. Glen B. loves the retro-style burgers, shakes, and loaded hot dogs, while Jarrad recommends the Mars Bar Milkshake for a real treat. Brad A. sums it up perfectly: cool vibes, amazing food, and friendly staff.

So, if you’re in town or just passing through, do yourself a favour and swing by Happy Days Diner. You won’t regret it—it’s an awesome experience you won’t soon forget!

Location: 1/92 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://happy-days-diner-american-restaurant.business.site/


Carriers Arms Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

The Carriers Arms Hotel, a Maryborough landmark since 1882, holds a special place in the town’s history. Back in the day, it was a hub for bullock wagons travelling westward, offering respite for both weary travellers and their trusty steeds at the nearby Ululah Lagoon. Today, it’s a cherished family-owned establishment, under the same ownership since 1980.

Renovations over the years, including major updates in 2019, have kept the Carriers Arms fresh and inviting. With a menu boasting well-priced options and tempting specials for both lunch and dinner, there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re dining as a couple, with family, or in a large group, there’s plenty of seating to accommodate.

For families, the dedicated kids’ entertainment room guarantees a hassle-free dining experience, with PlayStations and games to keep the little ones entertained while you enjoy your meal. With its blend of classic pub favourites and modern dishes, the Carriers Arms Hotel is a must-visit for food lovers of all ages.

Location: 405 Alice Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Website: https://carriersarms.com.au/

Federal Hotel

Maryborough dining venue

Good news! After a temporary setback due to Covid, the Federal Hotel is back. Now offering dine-in and take-away options Monday to Friday for breakfast, lunch, and everything in between, there’s no excuse not to visit them.

Established in 1884 and built to stand the test of time, the Federal Hotel has long been a favourite among local foodies. With its rich history and recent reinvention, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a meal in Maryborough.

For updates on their offerings, check out their Facebook page or swing by 270 Kent Street to see what’s cooking. With a reputation for excellent food, you won’t want to miss out on what the Federal Hotel has in store!

Location: 270 Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld, 4650.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/p/The-Federal-Hotel-Maryborough-100041828301229/


Maryborough Clubs

If you’re keen to explore what the clubs in Maryborough offer foodies, follow these links:

From Pubs to Pizzerias: Maryborough Dining Gems

Maryborough, Qld, offers a vibrant dining scene that caters to a diverse range of tastes and preferences. From cosy cafes to historic pubs, and authentic Asian cuisine to classic American diners, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Whether it’s a Girls’ Night Out at a local favourite like Portside Café & Restaurant or discovering hidden gems like Happy Days Diner, residents and visitors alike are spoilt for choice.

The rich history and unique character of each venue add to the charm of dining out in Maryborough.

So, whether you’re indulging in delicious Thai dishes at Harry’s Thai Food or savouring classic pub fare at the Carriers Arms Hotel, one thing’s for sure—every meal is an experience to remember in this quaint Queensland town.

All information was correct at the time of publishing – 13 February 2024. If you know of anything that’s no longer relevant or correct, please leave a comment below. Stay tuned, too, because venues currently under renovation are expected to open in late 2024.


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Discover the magic of Mary Poppins at The Story Bank

Visiting The Story Bank in Maryborough, Qld, is like discovering a secret realm steeped in magic, mystery, and nostalgia.

Here you’ll find a unique selection of stories unlike anywhere else—the story of Mary Poppins being the most enchanting among them.

The characters, stirring messages, and timeless themes woven throughout the Mary Poppins books and movies have captivated families for generations.

Whether you’ve visited The Story Bank before or are just now hearing about it for the first time, one thing is certain: You won’t forget what you discover there!

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The Story Bank - statue of Mary Poppins

A statue of the famous nanny Mary Poppins stands outside The Story Bank in Maryborough, Queensland.

Step inside The Story Bank

The Mary Poppins tale began at the former Australian Joint Stock Bank on the corner of Richmond and Kent Richmond streets in Maryborough, Qld.

This heritage-listed building is where Helen Lyndon Goff was born; better known to us as P.L. Travers, author of the classic Mary Poppins story books.

Fraser Coast Regional Council bought and restored the heritage-listed building to create The Story Bank, which showcases the story of P.L. Travers’ life, her family, and the influences on her writings.

Today, you can step inside The Story Bank for a world that invites you to take part in stories, trade tales over tea, or spin yarns fit only for legends.

An enchanting experience is sure to captivate anyone who enters its doors.

Visitors to The Story Bank can interact with displays of P.L. Travers’ life and her magical Mary Poppins stories as well as:

  • View images and documents from the P.L. Travers estate,
  • Delve into the Cabinet of Curiosities and the Library of Inspiration,
  • Open an account and discover the art of storytelling by depositing your own creations,
  • Share in stories crafted by Artisans of Story Telling in the Theatrette and Gallery, and,
  • Find unique gifts and books in the retail cottage.
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Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour (back) and Councillor Paul Truscott unveil the statue of Mary Poppins children Jane and Michael Banks in 2018.

Visitors flood into The Story Bank in 2022

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said COVID restrictions and floods were not enough to keep visitors away from The Story Bank in 2022, with over 15,000

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Artist Willie Paes sits with a statue of the Bird Woman in front of the mural of St Paul’s Cathedral that he painted.

people going through the interactive museum.

“Visitor numbers were down at the start of 2022 when Maryborough experienced multiple floods, but numbers rebounded in the latter half of the year with over 2000 visitors in July – the most visitors in a single month since The Story Bank opened.

“Each year visitor numbers have grown from just over 11,000 in 2019 to 15,236 visitors in 2022.

“Most of the visitors, at least 80%, come from outside of the region.

“The figures not only point to the facility’s popularity, but also reinforce our belief that the Story Bank would attract people to the region, especially the Maryborough CBD.

“There is no doubt that visitors to The Story Bank contribute significantly to tourism and the local economy.”

During 2022, The Story Bank also hosted 15 school groups with 677 students and 20 special interest groups with 319 attendees.

New programs to further boost visitor numbers

Cr Seymour said new programs would be introduced in 2023 to boost visitor numbers even more.

“The Story Bank staff are constantly innovating and introducing initiatives – such as Story Time for preschool-aged-children; Lawn Games in the garden during school holidays and Yarning Circle activities – to attract visitors,” he said.

“The Story Bank team has also worked hard aligning educational programs with curriculum content to better support our region’s educators.

“There is a focus on small group activities and play-based learning so that students have an engaging and enjoyable visit whilst still taking on board key concepts about storytelling.”

Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymoure at The Story Bank, Maryborough, Queensland. PHOTO: Fraser Coast Regional Council.

The Story Bank - heritage building

The $1.5 million project to restore the former Australian Joint Stock Bank in Maryborough, Qld, to create The Story Bank was undertaken with $395,000 funding from the Queensland Government and $395,000 funding from the Australian Government.

The Story Bank - Mary Poppins statue silhouette.

A Mary Poppins statue silhouette on the corner of Richmond and Kent Street, Maryborough, Qld. PHOTOS: Jocelyn Watts.

If you go

Maryborough is about 255 kilometers north of the Queensland capital, Brisbane.

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Maryborough swim centre is simply the best!


Have you been to the Maryborough Aquatic Centre?

If not, you’re missing out – it has taken out the AustSwim State and National awards for the best large swim centre in Australia!

That recognition comes on the back of forced closures due to COVID-19 and two floods.

And, in 2010, Maryborough was on the brink of losing its 50-metre pool before the Fraser Coast Chronicle helped the community to save the much-loved facility.

Keep reading to find out more about what makes the Maryborough Aquatic Centre so special.

COVID-19 and two floods – but they bounced back!

These awards are recognition of the hard work and dedication of the staff who have had to contend with COVID-19 shutting the pools and then having to rebuild after the floods this year devasted the facility

Fraser Coast Regional Council CEO Ken Diehm said staff had rebuilt the facility and regained the support of the community.

“There has been a 15 per cent increase in attendance numbers across the swim classes since the pool reopened in June,” Mr Diehm said.

“I think that really shows the community has confidence in the instructors, and the staff at the centre are liked and well respected.”

The program supervisor at the facility, Joel Seeney, was previously the recipient of an Austswim award for Aqua Instructor of the year award.

“The award shows that regional facilities and their staff are just as talented and dedicated as those in the bigger centres.”

The AustSwim award is the premier award presented to facilities and individuals in Australia that achieve the highest standards of aquatic education excellence.

“The awards mean a lot to staff and is fantastic recognition of the hard work that they have put in to pick themselves up and rebuild.”

Flashback: How the community saved the 50-metre pool

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In 2010, the Maryborough Aquatic Centre’s 50-metre pool was sorely in need of a revamp, but the then council’s proposed redevelopment plan didn’t include replacing the 50-metre pool; the plan was to downgrade it to 25 metres!

That was until the Fraser Coast Chronicle helped the community to save the 50-metre pool!

The loss of its Olympic-size pool meant Maryborough would lose the capacity to host school carnivals and competitions.

A good proportion of the public also preferred to swim in a 50-metre pool — Maryborough Masters, triathletes, schools and rugby league players who swam for fitness, as well as people from surrounding towns.

Thankfully, though, the council listened and overturned its initial proposal to downgrade the 50-metre pool as part of a $5.5 million redevelopment.

So, whether you’re a fitness fanatic or just looking for somewhere to cool off in summer, be sure to take a dip!

These AustSwim State and National awards have come after long, hard-fought battles to keep the centre afloat.

Congratulations to the Maryborough Aquatic Centre staff and Fraser Coast Regional Council.

Maryborough Aquatic Centre: A history of excellence

The 50-metre town pool being considered for downsizing in 2010 was the third in Maryborough’s history.

The original floating baths were built on the Mary River but were swept away in a flood in the 1890s.

In 1906, after a local boy drowned swimming in the Mary River, a 33-yard (30m) pool was built on the side of the now Excelsior Band Hall car park with money donated by local widower George Ambrose White.

In the early 1960s, a fundraising campaign was held to build the “new” War Memorial Swimming Pool on former defence force land. The 55-yard pool was 300 millimetres longer than 50 metres and was shortened in the 1970s.

The first pool caretaker was Hayden Kenny, Australia’s first ironman champion.

His son, Grant Kenny, OAM, Australian former Ironman, surf lifesaver and canoeist, went on to compete in two Olympics, winning a bronze medal in the K-2 1000m event with Barry Kelly in Los Angeles in 1984.

During the 1970s, the swimming club committee urged the Maryborough City Council to provide spectator stands, the money for which was donated by then-mayor Charles Adams.

The club raised funds through treble tickets and cent auctions to provide the recording and club rooms, gym, timekeepers’ shelter, store room and waveless ropes. In 1977 it bought one of the first electronic timing systems in Queensland.

In 1995, a 25-metre heated pool was built where the wading pool used to be, after lobbying behind the scenes by president Dr Tom Dunn.

Another prominent name of Maryborough swimming was Larry Sengstock who set many records at regional level and competed at state level in the 1970s.

He later starred with the Brisbane Bullets basketball team and represented Australia at the Moscow, Los Angeles, Seoul and Barcelona Olympics and at four world championships in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1990.


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Rotary Peace Pole: A reminder to strive for world peace

Have you seen the new Rotary Peace Pole outside the Brolga Theatre in the Queensland city of Maryborough yet? It’s a beautiful sight.

The pole, consisting of three elements, is a hand-crafted monument that displays the message “May Peace Prevail on Earth” on each of its sides in different languages.

There are tens of thousands of Peace Poles in 180 countries across the world, dedicated as monuments to peace. They serve as a constant visual reminder to strive for world peace.

The project was unveiled recently in a dedication ceremony where it’s installed beside the pathway leading to the Brolga Theatre from Lennox Street.


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Peace Pole designed by local artists; supported by Council

The Maryborough Peace Pole, a project of the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, was designed by local artist and Rotarian Willy Paes (pictured with his wife Di) with assistance from Fraser Coast Regional Council senior arts development co-ordinator Trevor Spohr.

The project was supported by many local businesses, other Rotary Clubs through a Rotary Grant, and the Fraser Coast Regional Council through a grant from the discretionary fund of Councillor Daniel Sanderson.

The work consists of three distinct pieces, which unite as one to symbolise our need to move forward together.

The pieces range in height up to five metres high and have been placed in a stepped design to mirror the roofline of the Brolga Theatre.

One pole is made from weathered steel that was left over from the Gallipoli to Armistice Memorial in nearby Queens Park.

Steel laser-cut message in multiple languages

Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise acting president Adrian Pitman said the Maryborough RSL Club donated the steel, which was laser-cut with ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth’ in multiple languages including the Butchulla language, English, Japanese and Mandarin.

The languages reflect the immigrants who entered Australia through the Port of Maryborough and our sister-city relationships; the piece represents the steel buildings of the former Wilson and Hart Sawmill, which occupied the site before the Brolga Theatre was built and the city’s manufacturing industry.

Mr Pitman said the carved timber log, which was rescued from the bank of the Mary River near Tiaro had been carved by Willy Paes with local flora and fauna to connect with the Mary River, forests and animals and birds of the region.

This piece represents the Timber City and timber industry on which Maryborough was founded.

On the third pole, a steel column has been inset with glass art designed by indigenous artists Aaron Henderson and Samala Cronin depicting local history and creatures of the Dreamtime and environment.

Rotary advocates for international peace

“One of the six areas of focus for Rotary internationally is peace and conflict prevention and resolution,” Mr Pitman said.

“Through service projects, peace fellowships, and scholarships, Rotarians are taking action to address the underlying causes of conflict, including poverty, inequality, ethnic tension, lack of access to education, and unequal distribution of resources.

“Clubs support peace in a myriad of ways from raising awareness of bullying, to helping to protect domestic violence survivors and their families.”

Each year Rotary offers 100 fellowships to Rotary Peace Centres around the world including one at the University of Queensland.

More than 1000 students have graduated from Rotary’s Peace Centres programs.

Visit the Rotary Peace Pole

If you’re ever in the Queensland city of Maryborough, be sure to visit the Rotary Peace Pole.

The beautiful monument is a sight to behold and its message serves as a reminder that peace is possible.

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Sneak peek at Maryborough Open Gardens

If you love gardens, then you won’t want to miss the annual Maryborough Open Gardens event, held each year in late August.

From traditional gardens to those with a more modern twist, the event is a rare opportunity for visitors to see some of the best private gardens in the city.

Hosted by the Maryborough Horticultural Society, the private gardens are open to the public for just two days every year, but there’s more to it than just seeing beautiful gardens.

Maryborough Open Gardens also raises funds through plant sales that go to local charities and encourages people of all ages (even children) to take up gardening as a hobby.

With 14 beautiful private gardens opening on 27 and 28 August 2022, it was no wonder that many visitors had trouble deciding which they liked best.

Wendy Ford from Stirling House in North Street said the fantastic response from hundreds of garden enthusiasts was wonderful to see.

“We moved into Stirling just 10 months ago and this is our first year opening to the public as part of Maryborough Open House,” she said. “It was fantastic.”

So without further ado, let’s take a look at two of the 14 gardens on show in 2022.

Whether you are a seasoned gardener or just starting out, these gardens are sure to inspire you.


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1. Stirling House

As I walked up the driveway toward Stirling House, Suzanne McLean’s painting at the entrance first drew my attention.

Wendy Ford’s exquisite artwork closer to the stately manor also showed Stirling House was not just a place of beauty and tranquillity, but also of storytelling.

“The painting was a gift from my neighbour, Suzanne McLean, who is a beautiful artist,” Wendy said.

“She has lived over the road for decades, raised her family there and her grandchildren, and yet had never been inside Stirling.

“We formed a lovely friendship because we both enjoy our art.

“So, I invited Suzanne over, and then when her children visited, I invited them over; and when her grandchildren visited, I invited them over.”

Wendy said the children dubbed the house ‘Rapunzel House’ because it looked like the balconies in the Rapunzel story.

“Suzanne gave me this painting as a gift, which I just still can’t believe. It’s so beautiful. She called it Wendy’s Garden. I said, ‘Let’s call it Wendy’s Garden Rapunzel House’ because that’s their history and the gift to us.”

Suzanne’s gift to her new neighbour was a wonderful way to greet the newcomers from the Brisbane suburb of Wynnum.

Just over 10 months ago, when Wendy’s husband, Bruce Ford, noticed a real estate advertisement for the sale of Stirling online, he said to her, “We should buy this place.”

“Let’s!” Wendy replied.

Five days later, they purchased it.

Previously owned by romance novelist Anne de Lisle, and before her Rod Grieves, the house dates back over 140 years.

The stunning home features some American Gothic styling combined with the look of a Queenslander.

“Anne had the house set up beautifully, but since then we’ve made a lot of changes to the gardens. Wendy is the gardener. I’m the labourer,” Bruce laughed.

History and nature thrive in revamped gardens.

Goldfish love to swim around in the large 3-tiered fountain, where they can explore all their favourite nooks and crannies. The original smaller fountain is also home to many of them as well.

Restored garden seats provide a place for peaceful resting.

The hedges have been replanted, and arbours remain with two Petrea Volubilis and other plants like Yellow Bells, Jasmine and Climbing Roses.

The garden is a colourful oasis with new plantings including Summer Sense, Murraya, Gardenias, Rhoeo, Bromeliads, Magnolias, Rosemary, Lavender, Grevilleas, Lilies, Blue Eyes, and annuals.

“A mango tree was dying, so it’s now with the local wood turners’ group where members are turning it into bowls and other beautifully turned pieces,” Bruce said.

Maryborough Open Gardens - Stirling House

Maryborough Open Gardens - Stirling House


2. 296 Lennox Street

It was easy to see why the garden at 296 Lennox Street is one of Maryborough’s finest. The lush greenery and beautiful flowers were what first caught my eye.

A leisurely walk through the beautiful and diverse gardens took me on a journey of discovery, with intriguing plants like azaleas, citrus trees, and potted flowers.

At each turn, there was another world full of fauna and flora that offered their own gifts for visitors keen to explore the natural space.

As well as the mature trees, palms and explosion of colour one might expect to see in a traditional garden, there were also rarer plants such as Phoenix palms surrounded by agapanthus, hoya plants, and Indian rope plants growing under the shade of the historic Queenslander home.

The southwest side of the house was home to a giant mango tree that was originally planted to shade the house from the western sun. The tree also provided ample shade and shelter for a rock garden and shade-loving plants beneath.

Beside the mango tree was a large deciduous Persimmon Tree, and a Coral Tree coming from India and Western China that was just getting its little flowers on the top.

Along the side fence, a stunning Fraser Island Creeper (Tecomanthe hillii), was just coming into bloom, a rare thing at this time of year.

The house itself is relatively unique because it straddles two blocks of land. Built in the middle of the double block, it dates back to about 1905.

There aren’t many houses built on two blocks of land in Maryborough.

Maryborough Open Gardens - 296 Lennox Street

Maryborough Open Gardens - 296 Lennox Street

PHOTOS: Jocelyn Watts

So, if you’re a fan of gardens, or just want to see some beautiful ones, mark your calendars for next year and head over to the Maryborough Open Gardens website to find out which gardens will be opening.



Maryborough Open Gardens

Botanic Garden Australia and New Zealand Open Day is an annual event in May that’s also worth checking out.
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Greg McGarvie’s big dream: Electric vehicles for Australia

Launching a fleet of light commercial electric vehicles for the Australian market is at the top of Greg McGarvie’s bucket list.

It’s a bigger dream than many of us have, but it’s one that’s been several years in the making.

Now, the ACE EV Group Managing Director and his team are set to launch Australia’s first fleet of commercial electric vehicles at the Electric Dreams Exhibition on July 2 and 3 in Brisbane.

After travelling along arduous roads of bureaucratic red tape, they now have only one big hurdle to cross — securing a permanent manufacturing site.

Securing a permanent manufacturing site the last hurdle

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Greg McGarvie, ACE EV Group Managing Director

The search for a manufacturing site started five years ago when Greg approached the Queensland Government about the former Maryborough TAFE complex on Nagel Street.

“It has everything we need. It’s got primary and secondary optic fibre, which is good for our global head office,” Greg said.

“It also had a restaurant, which would be great for all the workers there; it has room to expand, and it’s out of town.

“The other great advantage is it’s got rail lines down one side, a main road down the other, and it’s near a substation if we ever needed the energy, from local solar farms.

“TAFE did automotive training there, so it’s a registered automotive workshop.

“All we wanted to do was use that workshop to assemble things. Our process of assembly is actually cleaner than when TAFE did its automotive training there with fossil fuel vehicles. Do we get any traction? No.”

“So we went to South Australia where I had a bureaucrat ask how he could help. He introduced us to potential business partners and helped clear the way to set up in South Australia, but in the end, resigned from the government.

“Nevertheless, we got some traction with a launch on Sunrise, but nothing more happened.

“The background advice I got was to go overseas, make it, prove it works over there, and then come back.”

“So, I reached out to the Queensland government, again, and they actually wrote requesting a proposal, by this time the directors had invested $6.4 mill in development and we assembled the first prototype vehicle at the MTAQ in Queensland in March 2019.

“Subsequently, through the advocacy and assistance of Senator Rex Patrick, we secured a federal government grant of $5 million.

“This grant was issued under Australia’s obligations to the Paris Agreement the project to establish EV manufacturing in Australia and to develop our Mobile Energy Management Device to offer grid security services.

“The renewed interest of the Queensland Government was marked in August 2021.

“In the proposal, ACE EV Group sought to lease the Maryborough site to assemble our first seven vehicles, but we haven’t been able to do that, with a legal quagmire created in the process.

“A simple lease became a high-level due diligence process, totally divorced from the requirements of setting up a temporary lease. Other parties were ready to join the project.

“Government insisted they would not deal with this proposal for a lease unless it was through a law firm negotiating directly with their legal representative.

“Time delays and process insisted on by government put at risk delivering on the federal government grant and timely provision of vehicles to a major client.

“This exercise, like a chapter of Yes Prime Minister, the lawyer at a cost well over $8000; building this project over five years, it has taken my house and Super to get to this point!

“At times, I feel a bit like Colonel Sanders.

“Now, at further expense, we have been forced to Brisbane to deliver the first vehicles on time.

“This should have been in my home region (Maryborough, Qld), with the start of jobs, training and advanced manufacturing. So now we’re contracting a workshop in Brisbane and getting everything done there.

“We are up against timelines now, however, plan to have our first light commercial EV ready for the Electric Dreams Expo, July 2 and 3, at the Brisbane EKKA.”

Greg McGarvie - electric vehicles

ACE EV Group’s V1 Transformer is among the first fleet of light commercial electric vehicles to be launched in Australia.

Greg McGarvie’s journey to launch EV fleet

The launch at the Electric Dreams Exhibition will be a key milestone in Greg’s life’s work and passion for the environment.

“ACE EV Group is really an environment-friendly manufacturer, producing transport that is clean, inexpensive and robust, able to charge off home solar,” he said.

“I have always enjoyed doing positive things for the environment, and been involved in environmental groups,” he said.

“I’m a marine biologist, having trained at James Cook University in the early 1970s.

“During lectures in oceanography and physical oceanography, I learned about some issues that we see happening now in our environment; changes in ecosystem diversity and the weather systems. It’s scary that what I was told all those years ago is actually happening.”

As well as setting up the Australian Marine Protection Association for the shipping industry in 2000,  Greg also ran for Labor in the Federal seat of Dawson in 1990.

“Bob Hawke launched his campaign in Mackay the day he announced the election.”

After three recounts, and in hindsight, Greg was pleased he did not secure a seat in parliament but said it was a great learning experience.

“Setting up EV manufacturing in Australia is my last major project before retirement.”

Greg McGarvie - Great Barrier Reef

Saving the wonderful underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef is part of Greg McGarvie’s motivation to manufacture EVs. Photo: Shutterstock

Oceans vital for Earth

Greg said oceans were vital for the survival of humanity on Earth,

The biosphere managed by nature created conditions that allowed humans to flourish, but this growth success with fossil fuel pollution threatens the future of our grandchildren.

“Most don’t realize if you shrink the Earth down to the size of a basketball, we have just a mug full of water that provides only 70% of the earth’s oxygen.

“It’s our responsibility to look after that mug full of ocean.

“Our oceans provide the rainfall we need to grow things on land. They are the air conditioner creating our climate, so it’s comfortable for us to live here.

“Unfortunately, burning fossil fuel wastefully in vehicles creates pollution and elevated CO2 levels, raising acid levels in our oceans as the carbon dioxide is absorbed easily, creating carbonic acid as in soft drinks.

“The changes in acidity impact the biodiversity in the ocean. As many of us know, the Great Barrier Reef, which is an asset to Australia, is under threat through sea temperature rise, pollution and the absorption of CO2.

“There are other impacts as well, on reproductive lifecycles and ecosystem stress.

“We kill off the reef, we kill off jobs, tourism, fisheries and the Australian lifestyle; it’s costing us in so many ways. Another major issue for Australia is our national security of fossil fuel, currently directly linked to fossil fuel supplies. We’ve got just five days available on land, 16 days in ships at sea, none of them Australian flagged.

“Australia needs to give EVs priority and use the sun to reduce our dependence on fossil fuel, the country will grind to a halt and suffer badly if fuel supplies are stopped, no war is needed to take Australia, just an interruption to fuel supplies and we are economy is paralyzed, EV uptake is a national security issue!

“The benefits of EVs are economic, environmental and productivity with new jobs and opportunities.

“This is my motivation for manufacturing EVs in Australia. We have all the ingredients here, including our grandchildren.

“The other one, of course, is that this unique manufacturing will actually work in Australia. We have the technology and the partnerships.”

“What’s critical to the venture is getting the government really active in supporting this initiative.

“We’re not a business that’s asking for more money; we’re asking for support and access to a facility, which has been a stranded government for over 10 years, costing us as taxpayers.

“Investors are talking with us, but they’re shy until they see real positive government traction. And getting that hasn’t been easy.”

Ultimately, Greg’s dream is to sit in the shade beside his V2 Transformer motorhome in the middle of Australia with solar panels out, collecting free energy from the sun, and charging batteries ready for his next outback adventure.

That day is close to becoming a reality!


For more information about ACE EV Group and how to contact them visit https://www.ace-ev.com.au/


Greg McGarvie's misison to save Planet Earth - Great Barrier Reef

A scuba diver views a large orange-coloured common gorgonian sea fan and a variety of colourful coral in the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Photo: Shutterstock


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The story behind Maryborough’s coat of arms

Did you know that Maryborough, Queensland, has its own coat of arms? If you’re visiting the Heritage City, you can see its coat of arms on a wall facing the Town Hall Green. Titled ‘The Crest’, it is one of 40+ murals that make up the Maryborough Mural Trail. To learn more about this piece of local history, read on! Our contributor, Peter Woodland, shares some insights into the fascinating world of heraldry.

The surprising number of Australian cities with coats of arms

According to the Heraldry of the World wiki 108 Australian cities have coats of arms.

There are, in fact, at least 394 Australian cities with a population of more than 10,000 people and there are another 88 towns with a population of more than 5000.

Perhaps, in your travels, keep your eye out for municipal coats of arms. It could be just one more enjoyable pastime, as you while away the kilometres.


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Who can have a coat of arms?

In Australia, anyone can adopt a coat of arms of their own design. However, there are some limitations to that process.

The said coat of arms is not theirs exclusively. It can be used and copied by anyone unless some copyright applies.

If the coat of arms they adopt is the same as one borne by an armiger whose coat of arms was granted by the College of Arms in London or by some other official body in other parts of the world, then its use is illegal.

It may come as a surprise to many that family coats of arms are very rare in the British domain.

Just because your name is Fortesque-Smythe, for example, it does not follow that you can use the coat of arms of someone else called Fortesque-Smythe.

You have to be able to trace a direct line through the eldest child, usually male, in each generation, back to the original “owner” of the arms.

In the British world, arms are granted to an individual, an enterprise, or an institution, not to families.

That is just one of many “rules’ one has to get used to in the world of heraldry.

What is heraldry?

Heraldry began as the use of a distinctive shield or, perhaps, coat to identify a combatant on a battlefield.

They were simple and brightly or unusually coloured so that your side knew who you were.

The best coats of arms to this day follow that custom of simplicity.

Perhaps the aspect of heraldry most difficult to understand is the blazon.

This is words written in a particular style to describe the coat of arms.

It includes old and foreign words and follows an order of precedent.

This is one such blazon:

Quarterly, 1 and 4 Gules three Pallets Argent and 2 and 3 Azure, three Bars wavy Argent a Cross embattled counter embattled throughout Or and overall a Maltese Cross Azure

That is the blazon for the shield from the coat of arms of the City of Maryborough, in Queensland, Australia. It means:

A shield divided into quarters. The first and fourth quarters are red and silver (white) alternating vertical stripes. The second and third quarters are blue and silver (white) alternating horizontal wavy stripes. The quarters are divided by a gold cross that is embattled. That is, its edges are “jagged” as in the top of a traditional castle wall. Over the top of all this is a blue Maltese cross.

This is Maryborough’s coat of arms:

Coat of Arms - Maryborough, Qld

As you can see there are several other elements to Maryborough’s coat of arms. These elements are part of the original grant.

Some of them such as the two supporters on either side and the “ground” or compartment, they are standing on are rare in an individual’s coats of arms. They have to be granted by the sovereign.

Another element is a helmet and there are rules about what sort of helmet individuals can use. On the other hand, it does not have to be a medieval “knights” helmet. It could be a miner’s hard-hat, for instance, if appropriate.

Above the helmet is a torse or twisted piece of cloth or some other cloth buffer. On the torse sits the crest.

I bet you wondered when I was going to use that word because many of us talk about the crest as being the whole thing.

The crest can be almost anything, if appropriate and is often used as a badge by the armiger (owner of the arms).

It might serve as a monogram on clothing, a signet ring, a logo on personal stationery, or anything you desire.

In the case of Maryborough, it is the schooner “Blue Jacket”, at sea, on a circle of spiky (embattled) gold circles, with two sticks of sugar cane.

Lastly, there is the motto, beneath the shield. The motto can say almost anything and can be in any language, Klingon, if you wish.

Mottos can be tricky though because it is supposedly a statement of deeply held views and character.

Don’t give yourself a motto about bravery, if, in reality, you ascribe to the view that “He who runs away lives to fight another day.”

Maryborough’s motto is Latin and it means: Faith, Strength, and Courage

Maryborough received a badge when these arms were granted and this is it:

coat of arms - maryborough badge

The badge repeats the colours and symbols of the arms.


Granted, I hear you ask. Yes, granted!

In Australia “official” coats of arms are granted by a British College of Arms.

The gentlemen responsible for the design and grant of the arms to Maryborough were:

Sir Alexander Colin Cole, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, upon whom has been conferred the Territorial Decoration, Garter Principal King of Arms, Sir Anthony Richard Wagner, Knight Commander of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Clarenceux King of Arms and John Philip Brooke Brooke-Little, Esquire, Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, Norroy and Ulster, King of Arms.

Make your own coat of arms

Municipal coats of arms can be fun to look for, and they can also be a great way to learn more about the places you visit.

If you’re feeling creative, there’s no reason why you can’t come up with your own arms for yourself or your town or city.

Just make sure you follow all the “rules”. After all, you wouldn’t want to get in trouble with the arms authorities!


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Mary bell for Nuyina, Australia’s new icebreaker

When Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, makes its maiden voyage later this year, it will be carrying a bell made in Maryborough.

Nuyina; Ship at seaA team from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE), made a special trip to Maryborough on 15 July 2021 to watch the casting of the ship’s bell at Old’s Engineering in North Street.

ANARE Club National Council president Richard Unwin said Nuyina was built in Romania to replace the Aurora Australis, Australia’s Antarctic flagship from 1989 until 2020.

“Aurora Australis has been retired and the new one (Nuyina) will be the main lifeline to Australia’s Antarctic and sub-Antarctic research stations,” Mr Unwin said.

“It is 160 metres long, weighs 25,500 tonnes, and will carry two million litres of fuel to restock all four (Antarctic) stations.”

Nuyina was almost complete in July 2020 but the Covid-19 pandemic delayed its last trials. It’s now expected to arrive in Hobart later this year.

Mr Unwin said the bell would be onboard Nuyina throughout its expected 30-year lifespan life.

“It’s good to see tradespeople still around that can use traditional methods to make bells for ships such as the Nuyina.”

Nuyina bell a link to the Antarctic’s past

Olds Engineering managing director Robert Olds said the bell would be a link to all people who have worked at Australia’s Antarctic research stations.

“This bell is made from a metal that’s known by several names including Gun Metal No. 1 and Admiralty Gun Metal,” Mr Olds said.

“Queensland Rail uses the same composition (88 per cent copper, 10 per cent tin, and two per cent zinc) and calls it Steam Metal.

“This metal was used to make the guns that fired cannonballs in the early days of the British Admiralty when they fought against the French and Spanish.”

Ship’s soul

Often considered to be a ship’s soul, bells are used for signalling, keeping time, and sounding alarms. They’re also used for onboard ceremonies such as baptisms, weddings, and funerals.

“If you find an old ship’s bell, have a look inside – you may see engraved names,” Mr Olds said.

To make the Nuyina’s bell, Olds modified an existing pattern, cast the metal in the sand and polished it with a lathe and hand-held sander.

ANARE Gratitude

ANARE National Council secretary Trevor Luff thanked Olds Engineering and Hayes Metals for the bell’s creation.

“We thank the Olds family for their most generous offer of casting the bell and also to Hayes Metals, New Zealand, and Australia for their most generous offer to supply the metal free of charge,” Mr Luff said.

“We will never forget the experience. We were so excited driving home that the conversation never stopped and in a blink were out the front of our house in Cooroy.”

Olds bell for the Nuyina

Olds Engineering apprentices Lachlan Hansen (left) and Calen Simpson, Olds managing director Robert Olds Antarctic Engineer author Dale Jacobsen, ANARE Australian and Queensland secretary Trevor Luff , Peter Olds, ANARE Club National Council president Richard Unwin, and ANARE member Peter McKenzie.

Olds Engineering apprentices Calen Simpson (left) and Lachlan Hansen chip the remaining cast from the Nuyina’s new bell, watched by Doug Eaton (back left), Antarctic Engineer author Dale Jacobsen, ANARE member Peter McKenzie, ANARE Australian and Queensland secretary Trevor Luff and ANARE Club National Council president Richard Unwin, and Olds managing director Robert Olds.

Olds Engineering apprentices Lachlan Hansen (left) and Calen Simpson chipping remains of the cast from the bell.

Olds Engineering apprentices Calen Simpson (left) and Lachlan Hansen chip the remaining cast from the Nuyina’s new bell, watched by Doug Eaton (back left), Antarctic Engineer author Dale Jacobsen, ANARE member Peter McKenzie, ANARE Australian and Queensland secretary Trevor Luff and president Richard Unwin, and Olds managing director Robert Olds.


Olds makes bell for Nuyina

Peter Olds, Doug Eaton, Robert Olds, Calen Simpson, Lachlan Hansen, and Richard Unwin check the bell after being removed from its cast.