Situated on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and surrounded by bushland, the large town of Maryborough has roots which date back to the Gold Rush days of the mid-1800s when gold mining was the predominant industry in the region.
Historical buildings are a feature of Maryborough today, with the highlights being the well-preserved commercial streetscape along High Street, iconic public buildings including the post office in Clarendon Street, and the grand railway station which was built in 1890.
Phillips Gardens, located at the junction of Alma Street and Inkerman Street, date back to 1870 and feature a lake surrounded by lawns, trees and a wetland area which is a haven for birdlife.
The lookout tower at the Bristol Hill Reserve, on the western edge of town, offers impressive views over Maryborough and the surrounding countryside and forests.
Water attractions include Lake Victoria which is located within Princes Park, surrounded by parkland and sporting facilities. Two kilometres south of town, on the road to Ballarat, is the Goldfields Reservoir which used to supply Maryborough with water but is now a recreational boating and fishing lake.
A short drive south of Maryborough is the Paddys Ranges State Park where relics of the gold mining era and colourful wildflower displays can be observed.