With the Mineral Sands Motel as your base, there's lots to see and do!
We offer a great place to stay while you discover Maryborough and its surrounds. Much of the city's character has been preserved in its houses, which are built mostly from local timbers. Maryborough has the largest concentration of traditional 'Queenslanders' in Australia, many of which are open to the public.
Heritage City Walk
Be transported back in time and discover Maryborough's colourful past on a tour with 'Mary Heritage', departing from City Hall at 9am each weekday. Dressed in period costume, 'Mary Heritage' will take you on a free, one-hour guided tour of the city.
Wharf Street Precinct
Contains many of Maryborough's early buildings and an atmosphere of old world charm. Stroll around the historic buildings and bring back echoes of bygone days, sailing ships, greasy wool and bewildered immigrants.
A beautifully kept parkland with rolling lawns and magical banyan trees. Walk down to the river bank or take a ride on the 'Mary Ann' steam train every market day.
Heritage Market Day
Held every Thursday and incorporating the firing of the time cannon at 1pm under the supervision of the city ambassadors, the Town Crier and 'Mary Heritage'. The heritage market offers a wide range of goods from arts and crafts, fresh produce and street entertainment.
Brennan & Geraghty's Store Museum
Visit a remarkable store that had one hundred and one years of trading (1871-1972) and still has the stock to prove it! The store is open seven days a week excluding Christmas Day and Good Friday. Located at 64 Lennox Street.
With guaranteed sightings of humpback whales, from August to October, the Wide Bay region is the whale watch capital of Australia. See these majestic mammals as they frolic in the tropical waters of Queensland when they arrive with their newborns to mate.
Even though they can weigh up to 2.3 tonnes, the humpback calves are born without enough blubber to survive in the cold waters of the southern ocean so the females travel to the tropics to give birth. On their journey southward once more, the calves feed on fat rich milk to gain weight and their mothers pause in the Wide Bay to mate ready for the next generation.
Fraser Island is a world heritage national park and, at 124 km long, it is also the largest sand island in the world. With long surf beaches, dense rain forests, fish and turtle filled freshwater lakes and vast dunes of multi-coloured sand it is a truly unique experience.
Swim with the catfish in Lakes Wabby or McKenzie, visit the 1935 wreck of the SS Maheno, or float down Eli Creek to the beach. One, two and three day tours run to the island daily. We've done the one day and the two day versions. Ask at reception for further information and we would be delighted to assist your booking.
Lady Elliot Island
A truly tropical paradise in our own backyard. Lady Elliot is the most southerly of the Great Barrier Reef Islands and is renowned for its pristine corals and crystal clear water. Dive, snorkel or just relax.
There are magnificent manta rays (up to 9M across) cruising the waters and, depending upon the time of year, you can also watch nesting terns, turtles coming ashore to lay their eggs or tiny hatchlings emerge and race to the sea. We've been, we've seen and it's fabulous! Our reception desk would be delighted to give you further information and book your tour.