165 kilometres from Melbourne, Maryborough was in the height of the Gold Rush between 1851 & 1854. Gold mining was the predominant industry for the region. There are lots of rumours about the station, one being it was meant for Maryborough Queensland and built in Victoria in error. Another being that it was meant for Spencer Street Melbourne and many believe it was a mistake.
However a tender did go out for a station to be built in Maryborough thought to be the ideal central junction for the surrounding areas. The tender demanded a red brick building with bluestone foundations. It was to have a dining room, offices, verandas, accommodation for the station master and plenty of waiting room for travellers. Although supposedly completed in 1890 it didn’t receive its clock until 1914. The red bricks came from a kiln in the local district, the roof slates were brought out from England and the plate glass for the skylights from Melbourne.
This new station was to be built over the existing small station and the final cost blew out to be four times the budget.
In the 1890’s a visit from Mark Twain found him describing this magnificent building as “a station with a town attached”. He found the Maryborough Station to be in his words “wonderful”. He said there was enough room to fit all the population of Maryborough and give them all a sofa apiece and there’d still be room for more.
CAFE OPEN HOURS
Monday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Sunday 9am - 4pm
TRACKS BAR & RESTAURANT
Thursday 6pm -10pm
Friday 6pm - 10pm
Saturday 6pm - 10pm
Mark Twain 1985
“A station with a town attached”
Railway Cafe & Tracks Bar is a family owned business which opened on the 7th of August 2015 and is located in the historic Maryborough Railway Station. With a vintage industrial feel Railway Cafe seats around 60 and caters for casual dining. The magnificent open fire adds warmth on those wintery days creating a homely atmosphere.
Tracks Restaurant is the ideal venue for your intimate dining experience or group dinner. Set in the ‘Great Hall’ below sky-high ceilings and surrounded by original fixtures the restaurant boasts modern Australian cuisine including only the best and freshest meals. The original station doors open from the Great Hall out onto a lush plant lined courtyard on the platform. Perfect for alfresco dining on those beautiful Spring, Summer and Autumn days. This courtyard area is perfect for our magnificent high tea’s.
The ‘Great Hall’ is adorned with art pieces by artists mainly from the district. Original sculptures and paintings are on show, however there are also some reproductions and mass-produced art on show to cater for price points.