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Join the fun of the Mary Poppins Festival in June-July and be swept up in the magic of the world’s most famous fictional nanny in Maryborough, about three hours’ drive north of Brisbane.

The Heritage City’s riverside parks and charming streetscapes are the perfect setting for this quirky 10-day festival which runs from June 29 till July 8. With a spoonful of imagination the area is transformed into pages from the novels.

The annual event celebrates the art of storytelling and the city’s link to the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Lyndon Travers, who was born in 1899 in the bank building that her father managed in Maryborough.

A statue of the beloved nanny stands outside the building and pedestrian lights at the nearest intersection use a silhouette of Mary Poppins and her brolly instead of the regular stick-figures!

They are part of a unique story trail that winds through the streets and reveals the history of the city and Mary Poppins.

At the festival there is plenty on offer for all ages, including performances, workshops, book readings and much more.

One of the highlights is A Day in the Park on July 7 where characters spring to life in Maryborough’s own Cherry Tree Lane including Admiral Boom, who fires his time cannon throughout the day!

To have a supercalafragalistic time:

  • Dress up in your finest heritage or Poppins outfit and join in the Grand Parade
  • Get a glimpse of the hilarious nanny races down Cherry Tree Lane
  • Take part in the Chimney Sweep Challenge

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