Maryborough is the largest town in the district, with a regional population of around 12,500 people. It has a historic railway station, still in use, which has one of the southern hemisphere’s longest platforms, and houses an art gallery and café. Housed in an old fire station is another art gallery – the Central Goldfields Regional Art Gallery – which specialises in contemporary exhibitions.

Paddys Ranges State Park is good for a bush walk or to go fossicking for gold.

The Maryborough Highland Gathering is renowned, and is held each New Year. It was originally formed in 1857 by gold prospectors, squatters and businessmen who had arrived in the goldfields and Central Victoria from Scotland. The event was designed to re-create their traditional New Year Highland celebrations in their adopted land. It now boasts bagpipe band parades, Australian sports, recreation, dancing and athletics.


Rural health students have access to accommodation managed by the health service. 

New student accommodation is available at Maryborough for placement students. Access the booking system via this link: MDHS Accommodation Booking System

In the unlikely event the accommodation is filled, the University of Melbourne at Creswick also has accommodation to support health professional student clinical placements within this region, a half hour drive away. The accommodation is available to both undergraduate and post graduate health professional students. Residents are allocated a bedroom, while the kitchen, laundry and bathroom facilities are shared.

To make an accommodation enquiry for the Creswick accommodation, please book via the StarRez booking system link below, and select Creswick as the accommodation site.

StarRez bookings

Useful Links

For more information on the region, and what it has to offer, please visit the web links below.

Maryborough District Health Service:


Tourist information: or 

going rural health support

You may be eligible for Going Rural Health financial assistance to support a placement in Maryborough. Please visit the Student Support Scheme page for more details HERE.



General enquiries:

Phone: (03) 8344 6791




Thanks to Mattinbgn at Wikimedia Commons for the use of pictures.