Head for the historic old port city of Maryborough which has fun pedestrian lights in the city centre featuring a silhouette of Mary Poppins — who was a character created by locally born author Pamela L. Travers — delve into the region’s military history which includes being the birthplace of the first Anzac ashore at Gallipoli, visit refined museums and galleries and see historic collections capturing the spirit and memories of past residents and see the bell tower holding nine rare bells that ring out for the love of pioneer Maria Aldridge.

A little further off the beaten path, visitors can find bushwalking trails, wander through towering bamboo parklands and visit Bauple — once the home of the biggest natural forest of macadamia nuts. For shoppers, the region offers locally made souvenirs, market days and fashion and homewares boutiques. Foodies can sample the spectrum of cuisine available, ranging from the humble Aussie favourite, the meat pie, up to first-rate fine dining experiences featuring fresh local seafood and produce.