Lamington Hotel Motel
33 Ferry Street, Maryborough, Qld.
Cocky the Cockatoo is the resident character at the Lamington Hotel. A hotel built in 1864 on the site on the northern side of the Mary River was named the Ariadne after the ship that brought the first immigrants to Maryborough direct from England in 1862. It burnt down in 1928, was rebuilt and renamed to honour Governor Lord Lamington and link it to the new bridge built across the Mary River three years after the 1893 flood washed away the original Maryborough Bridge.
Locals often pull in for a yarn with cheeky Cocky, who now has the grill restaurant named after him. The entertaining bird has been in his big cage at the Lammy for 25 years and is reputed to swear only at night.