Fortune seekers still flock to the Box-Ironbark forests around Maryborough, made famous by the likes of the Welcome Stranger. Weighing in at 69 kilograms, the world’s largest nugget was found nearby, less than three centimetres beneath the ground. Today, treasures of a different kind can be found just below the elaborate surface of this gorgeous goldfields town.

Found in the grand architecture, the antique and collectable shops, the galleries and museums; all offering rich rewards for lovers of culture and heritage. Likewise the landscapes immediately surrounding Maryborough offer plenty for the modern day explorer. Jump on your bike for family-friendly rides or mountain biking through thick Box-Ironbark forest.

Maryborough’s quiet country roads are a favourite for touring cyclists, too. Find the perfect picnic spot at Phillips Gardens or Goldfields Reservoir, or catch a local event or match from the historic grandstand of Princes Park. For a slower bush pace, try your hand at prospecting. There’s still gold in them there hills, and you can rent everything you need in Maryborough to try your luck on the goldfields.