The legendary diva Dame Nellie Melba spent the first year of her married life in a small house right in the heart of the Pioneer Valley, in Marian.
The house, built in 1882/83 and rescued from demolition by the Mirani Shire Council, was relocated from Marian Mill to a more prominent riverbank setting in Edward Lloyd Park. It now houses an accredited Visitor Information Centre, Melba Memorabilia display, an extensive array of local handmade gifts and souvenirs and Vintage Kiss Cafe.
LLoyd Park stretches for one kilometre along the bank of the Pioneer River and features a walking path, children's playground, barbecue facilities, and the "Hens & Roosters" toilet block as well as access to the river for fishing, swimming, canoeing and platypus spotting - or just sitting and contemplating the beauty of the "blue water" river.
Visitor Information Centre National Accreditation, Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation, Visitor Information Centre, QLD - Mackay Tourism, Barbeque, Cafe, Carpark, Coach Parking, Enquiry Desk, Family Friendly, Food and Refreshments, Non Smoking, Picnic Area, Public Toilet, Broadband Internet Access, Free Wifi, Caters for people with sufficient mobility to climb a few steps but who would benefit from fixtures to aid balance. (This includes people using walking frames and mobility aids), Caters for people who use a wheelchair., Caters for people who are deaf or have hearing loss., International, Birdwatching, History & Heritage