While we may not be able to travel interstate or overseas, we can still travel within our state. A dear friend was having an art exhibition in beautiful and historical Maryborough recently, so we headed up for the weekend. We stayed in a waterfront hotel (down the road at Hervey Bay), with views of the marina and bay. And it rained ... and it rained ... but who cared? Not us. We were just happy to be away.
|a view from our room|
We stayed at Hervey Bay (30 km/19 miles) down the road, and drove back to Maryborough each day. The whale watching boats were in the marina below us, so we could watch them go out each morning.
|there were Alice in Wonderland figures|
Our friend had her exhibition at Gataker's Artspace, which is in the historical part of town. It is full of lovely old buildings, cafés, river walks, museums and artworks. A great place to while away some time.
|and chandeliers in the local pub|
We had dinner at the Federal Hotel, after the opening night. It was cold and rainy, but we sat outside - 'cos we're tough:-). Dinner was a tasty salad and a glass of wine.
|we ate roast veg and halloumi salad|
|and grilled chicken salad plus a poached egg|
|there's lots of street art like this|
The signal boxes around town are decorated with steampunk/historical art. So cute, so colourful, so fascinating.
|You can visit Mary Poppins at The Story Bank Museum|
P. L. Travers, the writer of Mary Poppins, was born in this building, which is now restored and converted to a museum. Kitsch you ask? No my dears, it's fun and interesting and full of art. We loved it!
|and take a ride in the lift with me and Mr P.|
|and zoom up and down the banisters with her|
|you can eat a sloppy joe here|
We ate lunch at Portside Café, overlooking the Mary river. Known as Moocooboola by the indigenous Kabi people, this river is the home of the endangered QLD Lungfish and the Mary River turtle. The Port of Maryborough was one of Australia's busiest immigration ports from the 1850s. It is now a quiet country town but still shows its history in the buildings and museums.
|or a beef and beetroot salad|
|take a walk and check out beautiful old buildings at Portside|
|buy yourself some pig at the local butcher|
|admire the bollards down by the river|
|view the beautiful old buildings|
|check out more street art|
Is it co-incidence that all those cars are the same?:-) And check out all those air-con units - like sentinels watching over the car park.
|wander past more street art|
Here we have The Match Making Machine by Russell Anderson. You can find his public art in various towns around Queensland. He is one of my faves. Another couple was checking it out too, and mumbled something about: 'You Queenslanders like this sort of thing...?' We wondered how non-Queenslanders were even there, as our borders were and are still closed!
|enjoy a hearty Benny with bacon at Hervey Bay|
We had a late breakfast on the Sunday we were leaving, here at Eat at Dan & Steph's (alumni of the tv cooking show My Kitchen Rules). Fabulous food, a view of the bay, just slightly iffy service.
|eat grilled halloumi and corn fritters|
|head to Hervey Bay and watch the dragon boats head out|
|and maybe buy a sculpture like I did!|
I couldn't help myself, dear readers! I bought one of our friend's pieces - The Red Queen. Catherine made a beautiful body of work for this Alice exhibition. I was in love with all of them.