Holiday Fun

Mary Poppins Festival will be July 1-4 in various locations around Maryborough.The world of Mary Poppins

The highly anticipated Mary Poppins Festival will be July 1-4 in various locations around Maryborough.

It showcases the town’s unique link to storytelling for all ages through all art forms. From music concerts backstage and onstage at the Brolga, to pop-up performances in the Bond Store basement.

The signature event is the Mary Poppins Festival Day in the Park, held on July 4, where Maryborough’s glorious heritage streetscapes are transformed into scenes from the Poppins’ novels.

Nannies race each other pushing prams in the great Nanny Challenge; chimney sweeps compete in the Chimney Sweep Dash, while Mary Poppins characters come to life from the pages of books and mingle with the crowd.

The festival honours the author of the Mary Poppins books, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born Helen Lyndon Goff in an upstairs bedroom of the former Australian Joint Stock Bank building in Maryborough on 9 August 1899.

The bank is now an interactive museum called the Story Bank of Maryborough, which will feature prominently in the festival.

Additional services for The Rattler

Join the Mary Valley Rattler these school holidays – there are extra holiday departures on June 28, July 2, 5 and 9. Monday services are on the heritage diesel train and Friday services are on their steam train, and depart Gympie Station at 10am and return at 1pm.

Normal steam services include Wednesday and Saturday Classic Rattler Run and the Sunday All Stations Train, the Thursday Rattler Tasting Train is the Railmotor Service.

Book your table at the popular Rusty Rails Cafe for breakfast or lunch or buy take-away treats to enjoy on board, open daily from 8am to 3pm. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as speciality giftware and souvenirs, open 8am to 2pm daily.


The Dummies are back with some splish splashing circus set to drown you in tears of laughter from 10am, July 2, at The Pavilion Gympie Showgrounds.

Splash Test Dummies are here, ready to roll out their beach towels and spring into a brand new hour of circus-filled hilarity for the whole family. See a brilliant array of catch-your-breath stunt work, acrobatics, juggling and the side-splitting, slapstick comedy with a workshop available after the show.


Plenty for families at the library

As well as free take-home craft activities for kids aged 5-12 years, our libraries offer more fun during the school holidays…

Hungry Caterpillar

Come along for a fun session of stories and craft inspired by the book The Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. Suitable for ages 5-8.

Rainbow Beach Library – Friday July 9, 2 – 3pm

Origami Creations

Join us as we show you how to make some wonderful animals and shapes using Origami. Suitable for ages 5-12.

Tin Can Bay Library – Friday July 2, 10 –11am

Ollie and the Wind

The wind blows all day on Ollie’s island. There aren’t many people around, but there’s lots of space to play. One day the wind steals Ollie’s hat. Then it darts away with his scarf. Join us as we find out what happens next and then have a go at building your very own kite. Suitable for ages 5-12 years.

Rainbow Beach Library – Friday  July 2,  2 – 3pm

Where Is the Green Sheep?

Can you find the green sheep? Come and join us for this special storytime and craft activity inspired by the children’s picture book by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek. For children aged 5-8 years.

Tin Can Bay Library – Friday July 9,  10 – 11am

Kids’ activities at the Gallery

Unlock your kids’ artistic side with creative workshops for children at the Gallery. On

Thursday July 8 explore the concept of the ‘Tree of Life’; an icon that has been used for

centuries as a symbol of growth, life and potential.

Learn some lovely ways to decorate your tree using embroidery stitches, buttons and embellishments, with ladies from the Queensland Country Women’s Association, Gympie Branch.

On July 1 and 10, share time with Mel Brady weaving colourful patterns with wool. Add your weaving to a tree at the Winter Trees on Mary event. These activities have limited spots available so registration is essential.

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