6th May 2018 - 14 Years of Pub Fest!

The bottled history of the World's Greatest Pub Fest 

Since 2005, the World's Greatest Pub Fest has honoured the quintessential Australian tradition of an good, old fashioned bar hop.

It is a cebration of mateship and reunions and highlights Maryborough’s outstanding heritage architecture and welcoming hospitality. The Pub Fest has a timeless appeal and crosses cultural and demographic boundaries. Young and old, friends and strangers, chat, laugh, dance and party away the afternoon as they work their way around the city’s pubs.  Some of the most enthusiastic revellers are groups of grandmothers and grandfathers who – like so many others – use the fest as an annual reunion.

Event-goers in outlandish costumes walk or ride buses between local venues, including a number of historic Queenslander hotels, to join in the wacky fun.


Setting the world record

Maryborough set the first ever Guiness World Record for the most people on pub crawl in June 2005 with a total of 1,198 participants lining the streets and visiting its heritage hotels. Maryborough continued to set new records in decade long history. beating off international challenges from London, New York and Hallifax in Canada. In 2013, it set a new record of 4,781 participants, but lost the title to Kansas City later that year.


The Heritage Stage

Pubs have been a vital way of life in Maryborough since the days of the first shanty inns back in 1847.  Now these heritage treasures have made it on to the world stage through the World's Greatest Pub Fest.  

At its peak there were almost 40 pubs in the immediate Maryborough area – many of which remain today and are part of the history-making annual pub fest event. The event not only helps to celebrate the important social role of the city's pubs since its inception, but highlights Maryborough’s outstanding heritage architecture which is on show in its historic pubs and buildings.

Maryborough is one of Queensland's oldest cities and has a rich and fascinating history, but what really sets Maryborough apart is that much of that heritage remains - just waiting to be uncovered.
Enjoy a drink  at a century-old pub and be a part of living history at the 2017 event.