See our list of highlights for M'boro Open House

AS part of Maryborough Open House celebrations, join in a packed program of guided tours, events and entertainment across the weekend.

Some of the highlights will be:

Friday September 25

Last Friday Club

  • 5pm to 9pm - Brolga Theatre, Lennox St
  • Enjoy a live musical performance by Sam Maddison and I know Leopard. Casual dining and bar service.
  • Free backstage Theatre Tours - phone: 4122 6060

Portside by Night Tour

  • 5.30pm to 7.30pm - Departs Customs House, Wharf St
  • Take an entertaining guided lamplight tour of the historic Portside Precinct.
  • Hear yarns and quirky tales of smugglers, sailors, brothels and opium dens.
  • Adults $10, Children $5
  • Bookings 4190 5722

Saturday September 26

The History of Gardens in Maryborough

  • 9am - Gatakers Artspace
  • Hear from keynote speaker - historian and architect, Don Watson

Heritage Walking Tours

  • 9am - Departs City Hall
  • Take a free tour around the city with a heritage costumed guide.

Bell Tower Experience

  • 9am to 4pm
  • Experience the thrill of ringing the oldest church bells in Queensland at St Paul's Bell Tower

Open Houses and Buildings

  • 10am to 4pm
  • Take an exclusive look inside Maryborough's heritage homes, churches and public buildings.

Heritage Awards Renovation and Restoration Display

  • 10am to 4pm - Brolga Theatre, Lennox St
  • Browse displays and demonstrations designed to inspire the home renovator.
  • Ross Bradbury - Furniture restoration displays, Graham Wright Builders - Restoration experts, Tat Decor - Home styling displays
  • "How to" sessions with Bunnings Hervey Bay, Peter Black - Carpentry tools exhibit, Backstage Tours
  • Free admission, casual dining and refreshments available

Open House Bus Loop

  • 10am - Departs City Hall
  • Take advantage of a hop-on, hop-off service around the open homes and buildings.
  • Adults $7, Children $3
  • Pay on board

Brolga Theatre Back Stage Tours

  • 10am-3pm (every half hour) - Brolga Theatre, Lennox St
  • Take to the stage with a tour of the Brolga Theatre - 45-minute guided tours of the facility will be conducted by Friends of the Brolga volunteers.

City Hall Tours

  • 10.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.30pm - Maryborough City Hall, Kent St
  • Take a free guided tour of the grand lady of Maryborough architecture. Tours depart main entrance, duration about 30 minutes.

Music in the Tank

  • 11am, 12pm, 1pm - Ann St Water Tower
  • Experience free performances by the Maryborough Choral Society and Riverside Christian College in the unique setting of the historic water tower.

Ghost Tours and Tales of Maryborough

  • 6pm - Departs Maryborough Post Office, Bazaar St
  • Learn the bizarre, gruesome secrets of this old port city on this delightfully eerie guided dinner tour to some of its most haunted historic sites and graveyards, from 6pm. $75 per person includes a nip of "courage", dinner and dessert. Bookings essential - phone 1800 214 789.

Gatakers by Night

  • 5pm to 9pm - Gatakers Artspace, Kent St
  • Portside will come alive with art and live music, casual food stalls and bar.

Sunday September 27

Sunday in the Park

  • From 9am - Queens Park
  • Enjoy a wonderful morning of steam train rides and brass bands held in Maryborough's Queens Park. Take a free guided stroll around the beautiful, tranquil, heritage-listed park with Mary Heritage at 10am. Hear Maryborough's famous time cannon fired at 11am.

Open Gardens

  • 10am to 4pm
  • Explore the stunning private gardens and public open spaces in Maryborough and surrounds

Open Gardens Bus Tour

  • 10am to 12.30pm - Departs City Hall
  • An opportunity to visit some of the open gardens via an air-conditioned bus tour. Morning tea available for purchase.
  • Per person $20. Bookings: Maryborough Visitor Information Centre - Phone: 1800 214 789

Queens Park Walk

  • 10am - Departs the Cenotaph
  • Take a free guided stroll around the beautiful, heritage listed park with Tom Ryan at 10am.

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