Join archaeological dig and ring bells as part of Open House

RESIDENTS can join an archaeological dig, ring the bells of the oldest church tower in Queensland and search for ghosts at Maryborough Open House on Saturday, October 26.

Now in its second year, Maryborough opens its doors for a rare look inside some of its most significant and interesting buildings for the free event .  

More than 25 buildings and key historical sites will be open to the public, supported by a packed program of tours, events and entertainment across the weekend. 

There are still some places available on the city's famous Ghostly Tours and Tales of Maryborough on Saturday evening where tour goers can learn the bizarre, gruesome and staggering secrets of the old port city on a delightfully eerie guided dinner tour to some of its most haunted historic sites and graveyards.

Gain a unique insight into Maryborough's architecture and decorating trends of the past on a guided bus tour of the city with history buff Ken Brooks from the National Trust.

There are limited spaces and bookings are required for the three hour long tours on October 26.

Experience the thrill of ringing the oldest church bells in Queensland with a tour of St Paul's Bell Tower.

The set of nine bells were installed in 1887, and were originally cast by Whitechapel Foundry in London, which counts Big Ben among its larger clients. 

Bookings are necessary for the chiming lesson on Saturday, October 26, and can be made by phoning 1300 794929.

Hangings, war rallies, arson, ghosts and royal visits … behind the majestic columns of Maryborough's grand City Hall are thousands of stories more than one hundred years in the making.

Take a free guided tour of the grand lady of Maryborough architecture at 10.30am and 11.30am.

Portside will come alive with live music and art, quirky tours, and food and wine on Saturday evening with Gatakers Artspace.

Hear old fashioned guides spin amusing yarns about the sailors, smugglers and new settlers as you take a free lamplight tour of the beautiful original port district departing Gatakers at 6pm.

See the exhibits come to life on a free special night time tour of the Maryborough Military Museum at 7pm.

On Sunday, indulge in a delightful Garden Tea Party in the stunning courtyard of Gatakers Artspace at 10.30am.

This stylish Garden Tea Party event will include tea and delicacies, a glass of bubbles and music.

Numbers are limited. Tickets must be pre-booked and pre-paid through Gatakers Artspace, Wharf St on 4190 5723.

Explore our region's buried past with a tour of Maryborough's heritage-listed Monumental Cemetery on Saturday at 2.30pm or on Sunday morning at 9.30am.

During Sunday in the Park, take a free guided stroll around beautiful, tranquil heritage-listed Queens Park and discover rare and beautiful trees, flowers and shrubs including the magnificent banyan tree, one of the largest in Australia, and a host of other unique heritage features including cannons, wishing well and band rotunda.

Fraser Coast councillor George Seymour said the Maryborough Open House offered residents the opportunity to discover the history of their region in all shapes and forms.

"There are streets filled with architectural delights and striking public art celebrating a rich heritage," he said.

"Museums and collections capture the spirit and memories of pioneers, while charming antique stores are filled with whimsical treasures from the past."

For all the details on Open House and its associated events and tours go to www.maryboroughopenhouse.com.au or phone 1800 214 789.

Maryborough Open House is a joint initiative of the Fraser Coast Regional Council and the National Trust of Queensland, in partnership with Fraser Coast Opportunities.



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