Town by town snapshot Maryborough

December 23, 2023 BY

This four-bedroom Maryborough home sold recently for $390,000.

Maryborough is approximately forty-eight square kilometres and has many parks covering nearly forty per cent of total area.

The population in 2016 was 7922 and by the 2021 Census was recorded at 8160 showing a population growth of three per cent in the area during that time.

Maryborough is a rural city situated towards the west of the rich Victorian Goldfields Region that includes Ballarat, Castlemaine and Bendigo.

Maryborough is on the Pyrenees Highway and is the intersection of railway lines from Castlemaine to Avoca and from Ballarat to Inglewood.

Maryborough was founded on a gold field and prior to the discovery of gold the Maryborough region was the Charlotte Plains pastoral run taken up by the Simson brothers.

In March 1853, gold was found at Maryborough resulting in a rush, the alluvial finds were rich and a 40-pound nugget found in July 1853 caused no slackening of population.

Known as Daly’s Flat for a short time, Assistant Gold Commissioner James Daly named it Maryborough after his Irish birthplace.

It is estimated that the Maryborough district had 25,000 people by September 1854 and the town was surveyed in 1855 with allotments sold in October of that year.

The Maryborough Borough was proclaimed on 31 March 1857 and by then there was a school, Catholic and Wesleyan churches.

In 1865 Maryborough was an established mining town with the entire district dominated mining operations, the town had a hospital, a court, a mechanics’ institute, and numerous hotels.

Agriculture was undeveloped because of scarce summer water, but the Goldfields Reservoir was built in 1862.

The railways opened lines in four directions from Maryborough in 1874-75, and the large and well-appointed railway station was completed in 1892.

The four local brickworks could scarcely supply enough building bricks at one stage. Maryborough achieved an unusual diversity of industry for a medium size town and continued to do so for the next 80 years.

A 1893 courthouse completed the buildings at the town square.

By the turn of the century gold mining was decreasing and population growth stabilised.

After World War Two Maryborough secured early funds for sewerage and roadworks, modernising its infrastructure several years in advance of other country towns.

Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Maryborough continued to seek new industries.

It was proclaimed a city on 31 March 1961 and by the end of the 1960s it had 56 factories employing 1400 people.

On 19 January 1995, Maryborough city was united with most of Talbot and Clunes, Bet Bet and Tullaroop shires to form Central Goldfields Shire.

CoreLogic data indicates that the predominant age group in Maryborough is 60-69 years with households being primarily childless couples and are likely to be repaying on average $1000 per month on mortgage repayments.

In general, people in Maryborough work in a labourer occupation.


The town was thought to be first surveyed in 1855, and allotments sold in October of that year.


Population: 8160

Male: 47.9%

Female: 52.1%

Median age: 51

5-year population change: 3.8%

House median sales price: $385,000

Change in Median Price: (5yrs) 67.4%

Median asking rent per week: $350

Average length of ownership: 12 years

Owner occupiers: 71%

Renters: 29%


House median value price:

August 2023: $384,500

August 2022: $386,400

August 2021: $339,000

August 2020: $234,500

August 2019: $194,000


House sales per annum:

Period ending August 2023: 148

Period ending August 2022: 182


Land median sale price:

August 2023: $154,000

August 2022: $135,000


Land sales per annum:

Period ending August 2023: 23

Period ending August 2022: 22