Portside Heritage Precinct


Soak up history against a backdrop of glorious colonial architecture and riverside parklands as you explore Maryborough's original port district. 

Portside offers an incredible range of heritage experiences with heritage-listed restaurants, cafes and pubs, museums and historical collections, unique links to Mary Poppins, inspiring art and culture at Gatakers Artspace, and beautiful Queens Park -  one of Australia's first botanic gardens.

Your passport to a fascinating heritage experience

Take a journey back more than 150 years when Maryborough was a thriving port and the place where 22,000 new settlers took their first steps on Australian soil after months at sea.  The port may be long dormant, but its history and gloriously preserved buildings remain – along with a sense of time suspended.

Purchase a  Portside Heritage Pass - one admission pass includes entry to the Customs House, the Bond Store and the Maryborough Military and Colonial Museum.

·         Listen to experienced guides tell colourful tales of early colonial life

·         Sample regional port among the rum barrels left over from the 1860's

·         See the medals of the nation's most decorated war hero's

·         See exhibits and interactive displays

·         Watch the sound and light show of the arrival of the first boatload of immigrants in 1862

·         Be there for the firing of the historic time cannon at 11am each Thursday

The Portside Heritage Pass is available from participating museums Bond Store, Customs House, the Maryborough Military & Colonial Museum and the Maryborough Visitor Information Centre. 


Hear the stories of immigrants who came from afar and uncover the inspirational history of the families who pioneered this important Queensland settlement.  New exhibits and activities for all ages.

Experience the former Maryborough Bond Store and learn about Maryborough’s fascinating past.
The Bond Store was an essential part of Her Majesty’s Customs Service at the Port of Maryborough at the peak of immigration and trade in the mid to late 1800s. The building provided safe and secure storage for goods that attracted a tax including important essentials such as cigars, tobacco, rum, wine, spirits and opium.
The core of the building dates back to 1864 and still retains the earthen floors, historic handmade bricks and barrel rails left from that time.
Today the Bond Store has been reinvented as a store for regional produce and houses fascinating displays and artefacts documenting Maryborough's Portside history.

Here you can sample a range of delicious regional ports and liqueurs in the authentic surrounds of the Bond Store and partake of the seasonal menu featuring fine regional products at Muddy Water café.
A small provedore on site provides a range of regional produce and products for sale.
  While you are there enjoy a Port & Liqueur Tasting for $7.50pp (must be 18 yrs or older) includes a keepsake etched port glass.

Explore an exceptional collection of over 7,000 items of military and colonial memorabilia including two Victoria Crosses and a Cross of Valour and other significant medals, uniforms, period costumes and historic vehicles.
Contact Details

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 3.30pm  Monday to Friday; 9.30am to 12.30pm Saturday and Sunday (excluding some public holidays)

Address: Wharf Street, Maryborough

Phone: 4190 5722

Email: portside@frasercoast.qld.gov.au