Maryborough State High School

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Principal's Welcome

Welcome to Maryborough State High School (SHS).

Since 1881, Maryborough SHS has demonstrated the very best in public school education on the Fraser Coast. With our long history, heritage-listed environment and impressive record of student success we offer you a truly unique learning experience.

As a student you have opportunities in and outside the classroom. Our high performance expectations, personalised attention and an outstanding staff contribute to students' lives through a shared vision that ensures everyone is valued, developed and empowered to achieve their very best.

Being a Maryborough State High student means something special. Past students contribute to society at the highest levels of public life, in business and the community, and tell us of their passion for the school and the opportunities it provided.

We have a passion for knowledge, learning and curiosity and our core values of 'Respect, Responsibility and Results', along with our motto 'Non Sine Pulvere Palma' (No Prize Without Effort), show our commitment to work and reward.

On behalf of all our students and staff we look forward to welcoming you to our Maryborough State High family.

Three reasons to choose Maryborough State High School

  1. Be part of a proud and supportive regional community close to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and within easy reach of the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane
  2. Enjoy opportunities and professional links in sports (rowing, football, rugby and hockey) and innovation (coding, robotics and STEM)
  3. Be part of our commitment to 'Value, Develop and Empower' every student​​

School Information

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Since 1881, Maryborough State High School has exemplified excellence in education. Our school community is proud to be a part of the outstanding 139-year commitment to educating students, both in terms of academic outcomes and their development as lifelong learners.

Today, Maryborough State High School offers a flexible learning environment exemplified by our students having opportunities to engage in a variety of academic, sporting, cultural and community programs.

As a vibrant part of the World Heritage listed Fraser Coast area, the town of Maryborough is steeped in history, and just a short drive to Hervey Bay provides the stepping off point to Fraser Island, the location of some of the world’s best whale watching encounters.

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Homestay* enables EQI students to truly experience Australia's famous lifestyle.

By living with an Australian host family international students become part of the local community and have a fantastic opportunity to practise their English in a safe and caring home environment. International students often develop lasting friendships with their homestay families.

  • Students have their own bedroom with study facilities, three meals a day, and access to transport to and from school, and to school activities
  • Host families are carefully selected from within the school community and undergo a police check as required by Queensland law

Standard Homestay fees have been set and these are listed on the EQI program fees page.

Read more about accommodation and welfare.

* Students enrolled in Primary School must live with a parent or close relative as defined by the Australian Immigration Regulations.

University or vocational pathways

School facilities

  • Offering two campuses the school mixes tradition with innovation
  • New State-of-the-art Performing Arts block
  • New covered outdoor sporting fields
  • Trade Training Centre
  • Fully air-conditioned classrooms
  • Hair salon training facility
  • Commercial kitchen and restaurant facilities
  • Refurbished and modernised classrooms
  • Local History Museum

Extracurricular activities

  • Rowing (only school on the Fraser Coast)
  • Maryborough Technology Challenge, Human Powered Vehicle 24-hour race
  • Fraser Pop – a pop culture festival organised and managed on-site by Diploma of Business students
  • Hockey, soccer and rugby teams
  • Community events and representation
  • School play
  • Music and The Arts showcase

Holiday adventure programs

EQI holiday adventure programs are an exciting and safe way for international students to travel and sightsee during school holidays.

There's an adventure to suit every taste - from visiting city landmarks and riding camels on an unforgettable Australian outback adventure, to exploring ancient rainforests and swimming with turtles off Queensland's pristine white sand beaches.

All holiday adventures are fully guided and escorted by qualified Queensland Government teachers and staff to ensure student safety. These programs are open to international students enrolled in an EQI high school and additional fees apply. Find out more about our holiday adventure programs.


  • Japanese
  • Coding

Special programs

  • Soccer Academy (only regional school with links to Brisbane Roar Football Club, as well as partnership with Liverpool FC)
  • Honours program (Years 7–9) 
  • Hockey and Rugby Academies
  • Coding as a language
  • Diploma in Business
  • Large range of nationally recognised training courses on offer at the school


The information and data in this webpage is subject to change without notice. Before submitting your application, if you are interested in:

  • a particular subject, sport, program or extracurricular activity offered by an EQI school; or
  • particular school facilities;

please contact EQI or the school directly to confirm it will be offered and/or available in the year you intend to study.

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Last updated 20 June 2022