About Maryborough Open House

Maryborough Open House welcomes you to discover stories of our heritage buildings and delightful homes.   

In September 2012, Maryborough held its first ‘Open House’, joining a world-wide ‘family’ of Open House events, the first of which was held in London in 1992. The concept has spread to more than 30 cities around the world, including Adelaide, Melbourne and Perth and countries including Spain, USA, Finland, Italy and Greece.

Open House is also held in Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg. 

Maryborough Open House celebrates what is special and unique about Maryborough.

At any time of the year in Maryborough, you can discover living history in all shapes and forms; streets filled with architectural delights; striking public art celebrating a rich heritage; museums and collections capturing the spirit and memories of pioneers.

Maryborough was settled in 1847, but unlike so many other towns and cities, it remains largely untouched from its days as a thriving river port and one of Australia's largest and busiest destinations for immigrants in the mid to late 1800s. Within its city centre, streets of grand federation style buildings date back to the 1860s and colonial era hotels and stores have been lovingly restored and reinvented. into galleries, museums, antique and collectibles stores and cafes. 

The city's impressive stone churches, magnificent City Hall and its Court House (one of Queensland's oldest) help comprise what is considered one of the best displays of architectural styles from the 19th and 20th centuries.

In addition to its handsome public buildings, Maryborough is also famous for its Old Queenslanders, street after street in the older part of the city is lined with charming timber homes, ranging from quaint workers’ cottages to grand mansions. 

These classic “Old Queenslanders” were built to last on stumps with verandas of timber or wrought iron, distinctive fretwork and high ceilings. Much of the Queensland character has been preserved in these houses.   

Open House is supported by a full program of tours, events and entertainment across the weekend.

In 2020 Maryborough Open House is going virtual and will be presenting four short videos online from Saturday 26 September.

Unlock architectural gems as you discover another layer of Maryborough's fascinating cultural heritage.