The Portside Centre reveals the history of the Port of Maryborough and how the City developed around the Port. It is a complex of 3 heritage-listed buildings: Customs House, Customs Sub-Collectors Residence and Bond Store. Located in an enviable area of Maryborough renowned for its wonderful heritage buildings, the Centre is a gateway experience for visitors to the city and further afield into the region.
Maryborough Customs House is an attraction within the Portside Centre. The Customs House delves into Maryborough’s eclectic and rich history. Visitors can learn about immigrants who had braved a long sea voyage into the unknown, the city as a place for innovation and national influence in heavy industry, and the birthplace of an internationally loved author.
Next door to the Customs House is the Bond Store Museum. This facility explores a complimentary and distinct history of Maryborough, focusing on the operations of Maryborough as a port. The MV Ella is an important – and large! – part of the experience as a boat that was built and operated for its whole working life out of the Port.
At its location adjacent to Queens Park and the Mary River, the Portside Centre gives visitors the opportunity to discover the significance of the Port and the customs revenues to the growing city.