I have spoken to dozens of people who have moved to Maryborough in the last six months and they love it. I am saddened some people have had unhappy experiences here but the handful of anonymous people who have posted negative comments do not represent our city. I came here intending to stay six months, travelled the world and come back here. I know of no better place to live. The city has a grand network of organisations spanning everything from the Brolga theatre to sport to hobbies galore. The best way to enjoy Maryborough is to become involved. Of course we have problems with undesirable behaviour but what city doesn't? We have four well-respected high schools. Maryborough High has been rated in the top 50 or 20 schools in Australia (state and private) in several fields. Some terrific things re happening in the city centre. Our neighbours moved back to Australia after living in Texas, looked for the best place in Australia to live and chose Maryborough. They love it here. A friend who had small regard for Maryborough when she was young and has worked in higher education in Qld and NSW has recently moved back and is blown away by what she has found here. She loves it and says it it now the best place she has ever lived (and that includes the Blue Mountains). PM me if you wish to know more.
I grew up in Maryborough it's full of gossips and drug dealers if you don't want your children to grow up to be criminals just don't move their as theirs nothing else for them to do .Crime rate is also through the roof as no jobs and no future if you like drugs this is definitely the very cheap for a very good reason place for you to live . People desperately trying to sell their houses or realestates obviously will tell you different and definitely depressing with a high suicide rate for a very good reason.
We moved to Hervey Bay and spent 4 years there before recently leaving.
In that 4 years, we originally lived in town but moved to the outskirts after getting sick of the break ins and car thefts as well as hoons.
I worked in Maryborough and if I didnt work there, I wouldnt spend any time there. It is run down, depressing and if you want an idea of the residents, hang out at station square on a Thursday.
Hervey Bay is full of oldies who hate change and complain about everything.
It is a pretty place but I was happy to leave.
Substantial and sustainable employment is hard to get. If you have lived there all your life it is not an issue. If you moved there within the past 20years, you are not part of the in crowd. You have to work 3 or r jobs just to make ends meet.
Rent is cheaper but the cost of anything else is huge. You pay tourist prices for everything and the choices are very limited. Even food shopping is expensive.
What did you decide to do? Wouldn't it be great if we each had a crystal ball in place of the unknown. Maryborough, or 'The Borough' is like anything what you make it. I grew up here, moved away then returned 20 years later with my partner which I never thought I would. I have a new appreciation for the town and we LOVE it. We are in our 40's and young at heart so visit the Gold Coast or Brisbane for a fix of hustle 'n bustle and appreciate home when we return. It seems quiet but there's always something going on. You just need to look and make the effort. The Brolga theatre, markets, festivals, Sundays in the park, picnic days, community garden, pub fest, sporting events, ten pin bowling, gyms, pool, plenty of clubs (90+ I think) and the list goes on. Maryborough is flat and great for walking and riding a bicycle. You'll find older homes and history in town and newer style homes in Tinana and other scenic surrounding suburbs. We found real estate more affordable in Maryborough than Hervey Bay and it's only a short commute. Maryborough is so central to everything. I'm not sure Maryborough is quiet due to boredom, but rather people are out doing stuff and living life. The airport is not far and the train from Maryborough to Brisbane is always packed. Yes there are problems in this town as with any other. Tradesmen can be unreliable but as annoying as a 'no show' is, I'd like to think it's because they are so busy and not off to Rainbow Beach for a surf. Here's an idea: employ more tradesmen or apprentices. There IS money in this town, just not enough opportunities to spend it. The river is under-utilised. Could there be more (flood friendly) boardwalks, river cafe's etc. There are beautiful and historic buildings but the town could do with things tasteful modern and new. Tapas bar or restaurant overlooking Queens Park would be fabulous. High tea house on the verandah of the old police station - gorgeous. Perfect opportunities for new business in town - especially targeting to young people. Maybe a skate shop or a Timezone etc. Chocolatier that also accommodates kids parties. There needs to be a return to a fully operational hospital and entice more specialists and services locally. The town is calling for quality shops and restaurants with ambiance. If you build it they will come - but be prepared for a slow start. You'll find great meals at any of the hotel dining rooms (The White Lion my favourite although decor a bit dated) and the locals are always keen to engage when they see an open friendly face. We love Maryborough.
Reading what everyone has had to say, at the end of the day we all move for different reasons what one person likes another doesn't. I sometimes feel we lose track of what life is about and focus on everything that is bad and not good with any area.
We have known many people that have moved from the Gold Coast /Brisbane to Hervey Bay, Maryborough and Gympie etc..... some stay and others go. The biggest problem I see with a lot of people is there is nothing to do, no social life. Why don't you create some groups of what you are looking for couples, singles " www.meetup.com" create your own life and surround yourselves with like-minded people? "Only a suggestion"
I can't seem to see when this was posted.....have you made the move? I suggest looking at whether or not you can secure a job first, 'cos there's not a lot of work here.... the hospital or schools may be ok for admin work. We moved from the Gold Coast to close to the cbd of Maryborough about 5 months ago.....and we're loving it!! Happy to answer any questions, 'tho we're in our late 50's, so may not be looking for the same things!!....cheers.
Maryborough is a fantastic place to live. I've lived in Maryborough, Hervey Bay, Bundaberg, the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane, and Maryborough is where I've ended up with no plans to leave. The people are so friendly, way more friendly than any of the other places I've lived. In the 20 years my family has lived here, none of us have had homes or cars broken into. I wouldn't base anything off people's reports of being broken into. Maryborough has better employment opportunities than Hervey Bay (hence why so many Hervey Bay people commute to Maryborough). The city is currently experiencing an economic renaissance, with more than a billion dollars worth of train contracts in the pipeline, construction of a $60m munitions factory nearly complete and work just having started on a flashy 180-room aged care facility. We have roadworks happening all over the place, a free water park is under construction and dozens of small businesses have opened in the past few months. Maryborough is also fortunate in many other ways - beautiful historic buildings, the best examples of Old Queenslanders, lovely parks, lots of sporting facilities, a large choice of bulk-billing doctors, low traffic, excellent school choices, really affordable real estate with excellent yields, great coffee, the list goes on and on.
Hi Jane and Jessica, We moved north after living on the Gold Coast /Tamborine Mountain then moved to Brisbane. We now live in the Gympie Region and love it. The new people moving into the area are great coming from all around the place lovely cafes popping up and more out of towners are just changing the whole dynamics of the Region !! The arts & crafts hub that is popping up is great along with the new Cafe seen. If you are looking for a growing area that you can grow with and join our little movement into a new area come join us ...Namaste
If you haven't already visited Maryborough like you mentioned - you may like to make the 3 days Thursday Friday and Saturday. Not trying to micro manage you or anything. Just think that it would be ideal to get to talk to visitors and locals as someone mentioned above....Thursday is market day in Maryborough. You could visit that and speak to the people of the markets including our "Mary Heritage" and the staff at the Promotions Bureau and also visit the information centre located right there in the City Hall. The rest of the day you could have a meal at one of the many clubs or pubs, and see what you need to see in Maryborough and check out Hervey Bay on Friday. Saturday, I extend an invitation to you both - to drop in to the Recreation Centre on the corner of Ariadne and Woodstock Streets from 10am - that's where our group plays table tennis. Your first visit with us is free. So you can meet some locals get the low down on the town and play some table tennis. I had a whole lot to say but didn't realise you have to set an account first - but have saved all that and if I can I will cut and paste it to this site at a later stage. All the best Yvonne
I have been living in Maryborough for 4 or 5 months here and there at a time - the house prices are great though that's it - What exactly am i suppose to do with the 100 bucks i save on rent each week? It makes no sense trying to save $100 a week when you go out and there is nobody else there, like literally 15 people on a Friday night - I talk to 1 new person in town every week and then after 3 months I never see them again - its just a merry go round - move here hate it and the Vibe - leave - then someone else moves here hates it moves on - Dont waste your time - I'm a tradie and there is not any work here for the locals living here there whole life, so I got no chance - it has been a disaster moving here - just constant trouble - move for work no to opt out of paying $100 a week extra rent or house that wont ever increase in Value - Get real - See ya later Alligator
Couldn’t think of anywhere else I’d rather bring up my children. Great schools, heaps of sports available. Close to Brisbane and Sunshine Coast if need be. Plenty of cultural experiences in our museums and galleries. Heaps of wonderful family orientated festivals through out the year. Ultimately it’s your choice but for me. This is where I proudly live and love it.
My mum is planning on moving up in March next year, with myself (18) and my younger brother and sister who have adhd and autism.
I don’t know if I really want to go as we are leaving Ipswich and it doesn’t seem like there will be much for us up there.
I would really love some advice on the subject as I suffer from really bad anxiety and panic disorder and I hate going out in public. Especially in a new place!! I’m afraid that I may end up having a panic attack and no one will help me as no one will know who I am or will think I’m just another person who’s on drugs spaced out. I really don’t know how I feel about moving up here especially after reading all these comments so any advice would be great! Also I understand that because I am 18 I can legally move out of home and stay here but like I said my anxiety is so bad I’m not ready to leave yet.
We tried Hervey Bay for a few years then Maryborough, rented in both areas in case we wanted to move on. Glad we didn’t buy in either area. Went to Gympie, it does have everything you need but a bit busy for us. We ended up in Tin Can Bay, rented for a year then bought a lovely house at a very reasonable price. Our kids went to TCB school then after grade 10 they finished high school in Gympie, school buses took them. We love it here, and have made a lot of friends over the years. Never had any problems with crime and the girls loved being able to have riding lessons at Cooloola Cove, five minutes away, and did swimming at the local pool. The boys were into boating and fishing, so loved it here, and have always gone to the surf beach at Rainbow Beach on weekends, it’s a short drive away.. The kids had freedom you rarely see now, the town is very safe and peaceful. We lived in Noosa for ten years prior but twenty years ago we decided it had just gone too far downhill, don’t miss it or the horrendous traffic there at all. Kids now work locally, three in TCB, the boys are tradies and get plenty of work, one lives in Cooloola. They made good friends here and have no plans to leave. Housing is affordable for them, which you cannot say about many places now., all four have bought nice first homes. We get to see our grandkids growing up where their parents did, and the oldest now attends their old school. We are still close to Gympie so have access to all it’s amenities without having to live there. Woolies are at Cooloola Cove or we get home delivery from both Coles and Woolies,there’s an IGA here for extras, Baker, doctor, dentist,hairdressers, chemist , takeaways, cafes, new restaurant about to open,etc. Gympie for clothing shops or to buy furniture.Good luck wherever you choose. We love it here and probably will never move, it seems to be great for retirees as well as families, looking forward to that.
Of course there's no waves in Hervey Bay; there never has been. It's called Fraser Island and it protects Hervey Bay from everything including cyclones. There are over 10km of gorgeous sandy beaches in Hervey Bay and it's our slice of heaven....
Hi, been here for 3 months now, I live 5 mins out of town. I dont mind the town coming from a smaller country town. I will say the town center is a little on the dead side, lots of cars and not a lot of people in town. All towns will have their crime, do not let a few issues with crime put you off. If you like the older type houses, you will love Maryborough and most have been renovated and look awesome. I would not go to Hervey Bay unless you like bumper to bumper traffic and lots of people in a small area, the beaches are not the best IMO, but the bay is awesome. The town needs be to beautified, it has been let run down and that is the councils fault, there is more than enough people here for a beautiful town. It is like any town, at first it is hectic and scary until you settle in. As for beaches in Hervey Bay, they are not great, waves, never seen any when I was there.
I just posted a comment but can not find it so I write it again. I used to live in Childers and I visited Maryborough often. Its a lovely small town with cheap real estate and perfect weather. I plan to retire there. I also think that some people attract bad neighbours or nasty people and it does not matter where they live, they will always attract them. I personally only once had a bad neighbours who were deaf-mute and their children were horrible, criminals, after however I help the parents with something the harassment stopped. Later I moved from there because when those deaf-mute were "talking" to their children the whole street could hear it as they did not know how loud they were.
I moved to Maryborough in 2007 before even moving there the slogan was drop in to drop out while I did try and make an effort to fit in I found myself being made to feel like more of an outsider from a good 80% of the locals I guess the joke about Maryborough and not being a local till you’re fourth generation must have some fact about it well thankfully circumstances have meant that I’m no longer living there thank god.......
maryborough (mary hole) is the worst town ive even lived in- the local are most ignorant arrogant using bunch of grubs- a lot of people who were no hoppers moved here in the last 20 years and they all stayed because, most'y all split from their partners or got hooked on drugs, the drug scence in prob the worst ive ever seen in a qld town, mainly because of the ex crims and the drug scene in the city, amzingly the city is split in 2- the people who are born and breed here who totally ignore new people (wonder why) and the new people. the town will never turn the corner because of its seedy reality, would you really want to live somewhere where every third person is a crim, they might seem nice enough on the surface but ive heard and seen what they do, and there always in your face, there is not any advertised work here, you basically need to be 17 so u get paid only junior wages or you need to be friends with someone, even travelling around town your lucky to see any work shirts, just a dole bludging town, hate the place, and their retarded attitude
I feel obligated to provide a rounded opion since i have commented before. Keeping in mind with the high cost of real estate that people move for a varity of reasons, and places change over time depending on the economy, and people are looking for different things then they use to even 10 years ago, and places have changed a lot in the last 15 years. My opinion is that Maryborough is a town living off the past, it has some amazing buildings and other town would love the town character that the place has and there also a few good streets. If the question is should i move to maryborough then the answer is NO. the town was once a bustling place with the busiest port in queensland but not anymore. The only reason i would move there is if i had family in Hervey bay/Bundaberg or Gympie, and i wanted to live a hour from family but not under their feet. Full Stop. It has no Work, the place is run down, it was once great but now it's a forgotten area. It gets hot and the streets are wide and Dull with no gardens. To me its like any small town with not much going for it, many young people move away for work opportunitys and few return, which is a shame. Hervey bay gets all the development and work however i have meet many people who have moved there and few have stayed, people from the district/region have returned to bundy or just moved on. I hate the place personally, it may be ok for a holiday but the only reason it goes ahead is because it's attract to people from southen states because of it's climent and cheap real estate. Anyhow Move to Maryborough, No, only if you have to. In this part of queensland i would try Gympie, then Sunny coast acerages near noosa if you can afford it and Bundy for work experience for a young professional. Dont move to Maryborough unless you really have to or really want to for family reasons. It's not that bad a place and i'm sure there are many happy people there living happy normal lives but i would not move there for no reason.
Hi there, I moved to maryborough about a month, it's awesome, you'll love it here, everyone does!! Gotta be something in that! The city has a cosmopoliton feel, the town seems bigger than it is, 28,000 and growing at 1000 a year. The rents cheap, the people are friendly and have time for you, not like the city where they will just barge staright over ya. Ive lived all over qld and this place takes the cake, if you want to be happy. They dont call it "merry"borough for nothing. I was in tinana for the first 3 weeks and it cool, doesn't look like much on the map, but it's got a population of 4,500 and nestled between thw highway and the river, doesnt flood. If you though about moving there id stick with that. All the best! Go for it!
I've also been considering moving up there, although my move probably won't happen so soon, maybe in 2-3 years. I'm more inetersted in Hervey Bay mainly because of the beach, but Maryborough seems to be fine. I agree that Tinana is a good chioce, but look for hilly area, just in case. I believe that surrounding towns are just too small and remote and your daughter wouldn't be too happy there, Maryborough is better.