Maryborough tops locations from Wotif.com on Queensland’s biggest higlights for tourism for Easter holidays

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MOVE over Noosa, step aside Surfers Paradise and bye-bye Brisbane.

Queensland tourism has a new star – Maryborough.

The historic Queensland town, which has an annual festival devoted to Mary Poppins in June, has recorded a huge surge in tourist bookings for the Easter holidays, according to leading travel website Wotif.com.

Hotel bookings for the town, 30km southwest of Hervey Bay, have skyrocketed 75 per cent for the holiday period compared with the same time last year.

It’s shaping as a bumper holiday period for the whole region, with nearby Rainbow Beach recording a 70 per cent increase in bookings, according to Wotif.com.

Maryborough is one the move.chart image www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

Caloundra (up 60 per cent), Redcliffe (50 per cent) and Hamilton Island (almost 50 per cent) round out the top five. Hervey Bay is also expected to be packed, according to booking data from Mantra, Queensland’s biggest hotel group. But leading the pack is Maryborough, famous for its Mary Poppins festival and not much else. CRAP.

Maryborough has a timber city heritage with some of the most beautiful wooden houses in the state. The beer festival & so much more. So get a life ‘Not much else’ ????

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough www.frasercoastcentral.com.au

Parade during the Mary Poppins Festival held annually in Maryborough.

Visitors are encouraged to follow the Mary Poppins Trail, in honour of the character’s author P.L. Travers who was born in the town, before checking out the town’s “history and heritage” and “art and culture”.

Wotif.com managing director Daniel Finch said there was plenty for visitors to like about Maryborough.

“This is a small town with a big personality. Not only does it celebrate the world’s most famous nanny with a town statue, visitors can also take part in a Magical Mary Trail, following in the footsteps and learning all about the region’s most famous ‘Mary’ as well as the character filled town itself,” he said.

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“It’s a great little town for Queenslanders looking to swap the beach for an inland stay this April.”

He also said it was one of the cheapest holiday options in the state, with a predicted daily accommodation rate of $124 a night through the holiday period.

HERVEY BAY FRASER COAST GETS THE NOD FROM COUNCIL FOR AN ESPLANADE $60M DEVELOPMENT

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A PRELIMINARY development approval for the $60 million Scarness resort complex was carried unanimously at Wednesday’s Fraser Coast Regional Council meeting.

The proposal for the resort complex, which includes more than 100 residential units, a shopping complex and office complexes, means the developers will start their assessment of the site and consult with council before construction.

A new roundabout for the local streets in Scarness was also mentioned in the development plans.

Councillor David Lewis raised concerns over the traffic in the area, claiming the development would create problems for the Esplanade streets.

“The proposed roundabout will pose problems for the Queens Rd Esplanade intersection, which is already problematic especially in busy times,” he said.

“In busy times, it (the traffic) can back up a long way along the Esplandade.”

Cr Denis Chapman said it was about trying to use the commercial land as best as possible.

“It’s just a preliminary approval…they’ve got to come back to us and approve it. When you’ve got commercial land, you try and use as much of it as possible,” he said.

A date has not yet been set for the development, but Cr Chapman previously said he hoped to see development start by the end of the year

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