Head back in time to 1800s

AN IMPRESSIVE Sunshine Carriages coach will add a little more nostalgia to today’s heritage markets in Maryborough.

The coach is in town to promote the Cobb and Co coach run re-enactment being staged by the Fraser Coast Show Society on December 18 to 20.

Over the three days, the coach will travel 120 kilometres from Kilkivan to Maryborough, stopping at various venues in between for refreshments and entertainment.

A mock hold-up by six bushrangers will add further excitement and intrigue to the 16-leg journey before the coach stops for dinner at the Gundy Pub on the Saturday night.

Today, driver Len Baldry and show society staff will be at the markets to provide information about the re-enactment of the coach runs that took place in the late 1800s, transporting mail and other goods.

Show society executive officer Martine Britton said there were still plenty of tickets available for the Q150 event.

“Ticket sales are consistent,” she said. “We are selling tickets daily and some legs (of the route) are totally booked out.

“Everything is coming together.”

On December 19, the coach will stop at Kilkivan for breakfast in the park and Karen Thomsen will provide the entertainment over lunch at the Theebine Hotel.

Dinner at the Gundy Pub will include entertainment by Stockade and bush poet That Bloke.

Sunday’s lunch will be held at Teddington Weir and members of the public are invited to attend for a small cost.

In the afternoon, the coach will end its journey at the Maryborough Post Office, arriving in time for the Carols by Candlelight festivities in Queens Park.

A goodwill scroll carried from Mayor Ron Dyne of the Gympie Regional Council is to be handed to Fraser Coast Mayor Mick Kruger at the Sunday night event.

People dressed in period costume will also be there to provide photo opportunities for travellers at the end of the trip.

Today, the coach can be found at the corner of Adelaide and Ellena streets.

For more details or to book tickets, call the show society on 4123 5311.

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