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Exciting plans in place

By December 19, 2018 No Comments


With 2019 on our doorstep and the running of the 24th Nationals on the Easter long weekend the organising committee has some exciting plans in place for the event.

Early bump in is available from Tuesday the 16th for those who wish to come and explore the beautiful Wide Bay Region. You will enter the showgrounds from the Bruce Highway just north of Maryborough and following the signs please proceed down to the parking area.

Registration and Camping is the first pavillion as you enter the grounds proper. If no one is in attendance please contact the phone numbers provided and someone will greet you and settle you into your campsite.

Some campsites are on a very hard base, so please be prepared with a struggle with your tent pegs. All sites will have power if you have ordered it and it will be supplied from the existing network. [no noisy generators].

Extra showers and toilets will be added to the camping areas and these will be at ground level. The majority of the camping area is serviced by a bitumen road network and is well drained in case of inclement weather.

Things to see and do while at the Nationals

Maryborough has many attractions to visit, the Historic Portside with its heritage buildings, memorials and museums surrounding what was once one of Australia’s largest ports. Take in the magical world of Mary Poppins in the birthplace of author P.L.Travers or a walk through Queen’s Park to visit the statue of Duncan Chapman, the first Anzac ashore at Gallopoli.

Thursday is Heritage Market day in the center of Maryborough. It is situated in the Main Street and is well worth a scrounge through the numerous stalls. A short walk from the markets finds you in the Portside area.

A 30 minute cruise to the coast puts you in the Hervey Bay region, there is an abundance of riches outshining many other tourist destinations in Australia. It has 5 great beaches along it’s 16 km esplanade foreshore just made for cruising in a hot rod.
This is a water lover’s paradise. Jump on a barge and take a tour of the largest sand island in the world, with its many heritage listed attractions you fall in love with its beauty and you will want to retire here to.

Rum City Rodders are doing a run to Bundaberg on Thursday. They are supplying morning tea at their clubhouse and then you are free to visit this beautiful city. Visit the Bundaberg Rum Factory and do a tour through the operational distillery where you can blend your very own rum.

Bundaberg Brewed Drinks the makers of the famous ginger beer also have a tour on offer. Taste all the different flavors on offer and choose your own 6 pack to take home.

Drive to the coast to the township of Bargara, on the way cruise up the only ‘hill’ for kilometers and take in the patch wook landscape of the farms on the rich red soil. Hinkler Hall of Aviation situated in the Botanical Gardens is an educational museum featuring exhibits on local aviation pioneer Bert Hinkler in a modern space.

Bundaberg is also the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Take a tour to Lady Musgrave Island the start of our world famous reef.

Do some research on the Maryborough, Bundaberg and Gympie regions, Mr Google is an excellent place to start planning your stay.

Obviously you can’t see all there is to see in our region in a few short days, so please extend your stay and take in that much needed holiday as well as the Nats.

You can stay on in the showgrounds after the nationals for only $22.00 per night and base yourself there or Rods Inc. from Brisbane are planning on staying in between Maryborough and Bundaberg in the Childers area. You can tour with them or make up your own itinerary. If this idea rows your boat then contact Kerry Moreton on 0435 398 708 or and have a chat.

Not a camper then there are many accommodation options available, and please visit

That’s about it from me for now, start your planning and enjoy your stay with us, we will endeavour to make it the best it can be.

If you want more information please contact the team at

Join the party and keep the tradition alive. See you in Maryborough.