The region’s history stretches back over 5,500 years when the Butchulla Aborigines first made their home on Fraser Island. Captain James Cook sailed its coast in 1770, Matthew Flinders landed ashore in 1799, while the region was settled in the 1840s. There are historical villages, remarkable museums and historical collections to explore.
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Bauple Cultural Centre and Museum
This museum is situated 11 kilometres from Tiaro and and houses a treasure trove of memorabilia.
Brennan & Geraghty Store Museum
The store opened in 1871 and ceased trading in 1972 complete with trading records and stock dating back to the 1890s.
Brooklyn House, Howard
A lovingly restored Queensland home built in 1890 reflecting the best of a bygone era.
Brooweena Historical Village & Museum
A charming village depicting life like in days gone by, set in a tranquil rural setting in the hamlet of Brooweena, 47 kilometres north of Maryborough.
Burrum District Museum
This museum features displays of local history from Howard and Torbanlea, early farming, war memorabilia and cottage crafts.
Cow Bell Museum
Situated in Antigua, 3.5 klms from Mungar, the Cow Bell Museum is unusual and well worth a visit.
The foundry was established by English immigrant William Stevenson in 1908 and operated in Maryborough until 1968.
Customs House Interpretive Centre and Bond Store Museum
The centre is part of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network and provides a professional, colourful and entertaining representation of Maryborough’s history as a major port and one of Queensland’s oldest cities.
Grand Shirl’s Doll and Toy Museum
See beautiful antique dolls and toys from the 1800s.
Hervey Bay Historical Village & Museum
There are 19 original buildings housing a collection of more than 8,000 historical items.
Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum
The museum is located in a beautifully restored heritage-listed building in the heart of Portside and displays 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia.
Maryborough Whistle Stop Museum
Maryborough’s impressive rail heritage is on show at Whistle Stop Museum located on the site of the heritage-listed railway station.
Wide Bay Hospitals Museum
This museum displays items and documents from the Maryborough Public Hospital which opened in 1854.