Maryborough and Surrounds is the perfect place to play explorer. Whether you’re seeking adventure or beauty in the stunning landscape; or history and heritage in the gold rush era villages; it’s not difficult to imagine that you are the first person in the world to uncover the secrets of the region.
The search is made even easier thanks to a number of self-guided and self-drive tours on offer. Grab a map and walk, ride or drive your way through the quaint towns and stunning vistas. Maryborough is the perfect base and the tours are less than 150km in any direction, providing fabulous options ideally tailored to your interests. Head north and discover the Golden Triangle. Embrace the history of the region passing through famous historical sites such as Dunolly; Bealiba, home of the historic Bealiba Railway Station; and Moliagul, where the Welcome Stranger was found. Grey nomads with caravans in tow might like to tackle this scenic 120km trip over a few days, stopping waterside at Laanecoorie or along the pretty Loddon River.
To the south, your tour will take you through the many small towns in the area – Talbot; Carisbrook with the Tilly Aston Memorial Reserve and Talisman Mine Site; Majorca, and the Maryborough Mud Brick Hut – along with enjoying the beauty of Paddy’s Ranges National Park, Quartz Mountain, Tullaroop Reservoir and Rodborough School site. This 75km tour can be enjoyed in an afternoon, but for those who love touring, take your time and you’ll find there is plenty to be unearthed. Finally, take the road to the east and embrace some of the best food and wine in the region.
From Avoca to Moonambel you will head into the Pyrenees and with over 20 different wineries showcasing fabulous red and white wines, you might want to extend this 120km day trip in order to truly get a taste for the area.