For stunning 360-degree views of the region, there’s no better place than Bristol Hill Lookout. With a panoramic outlook reaching over the Pyrenees Ranges and across to Castlemaine and Mount Tarrengower, the lookout is also an important piece of local history.
Like many small towns, the Great Depression especially impacted Maryborough. The Unemployment Relief Committee secured funds to build the tower and provide jobs for many out of work locals. Works commenced in 1929 to commemorate the pioneers who were responsible for building the region. The site, once a scarred quartz hill known as Bristol Reef that operated during the gold rush, now houses the Tower. The bluestone steps were sourced from the old Maryborough Jail and three have verses from Australian poet, Henry Lawson, referring to Australia’s pioneers. Opening day was April 16 1933, and thousands of residents from Maryborough and beyond walked from the Civic Centre to the tower. Today, it’s worth a similar walk to enjoy the beautiful view and memories of the pioneers.