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Contents Welcome to the Gladstone Region........................................................................4–5 Gladstone City.......................................................................................................................6–9 Boyne Island and Tannum Sands........................................................................10–11 Lake Awoonga and Benaraby........................................................................................12 Mount Larcom, Calliope and Boyne Valley.........................................................13 Miriam Vale, Baffle Creek and Bororen......................................................... 14–15 Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy............................................................16–19 Experience the Banana Shire.............................................................................20–25 Getting to the Gladstone Region is a breeze........................................... 26–27 Self Drives............................................................................................................................28–31 Accommodation............................................................................................................32–35 Dining.....................................................................................................................................36–37 Shopping and Entertainment.............................................................................38–39 Attractions and Tours...............................................................................................40–43 Reef, Islands and Beaches.....................................................................................44–47 Boating and Fishing...................................................................................................48–49 National Parks................................................................................................................50–52 Great Walking Trails and Recreational Areas......................................... 53–57 Discover the Engine Room of Industry......................................................... 58–61 Discover the Gladstone Region Major Festivals and Events...... 62–63 Gladstone Annual Festivals and Events....................................................64–65 Services Directory.................................................................................................................65 Map..........................................................................................................................................66–67
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Welcome to the Gladstone Region It’s sand between your toes, it’s swimming in aqua blue water with vibrantly coloured marine life through an ancient reef. It’s meeting real Aussie characters and exploring rugged landscapes. It’s the pure emerald green of the hinterland and the tranquil bush settings. It’s the Gladstone Region and beyond. It’s our spirit, our life and you too can experience it!
he Gladstone Region is Australia’s best kept holiday secret – it begins approximately 450 kilometres north of Brisbane. It’s the gateway to the majestic Southern Great Barrier Reef, fantastic fishing hotspots, amazing country adventures and pure national parks. Whatever you are after, you’ll find it here where great begins. The region’s hub is the city of Gladstone. Full of surprising and interesting experiences, this energetic regional city known for being the ‘engine room of Queensland’ is also the access point for Southern Great Barrier Reef icons Heron and Wilson Islands. Surrounding Gladstone are the townships of Mount Larcom, Calliope, Benaraby, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. This part of the region is home to one of Australia’s premier freshwater fishing locations, Lake Awoonga. To the south, the natural surrounds of the Discovery Coast will beckon you to discover the burgeoning township of Miriam Vale, the fishing hot spots of Baffle Creek, the white secluded beaches of Agnes Water and the township of Seventeen Seventy will entice, as will the breathtaking reef adventures at Lady Musgrave Island and Fitzroy Reef Lagoon. To the southwest you will find the spectacular Boyne Valley and Kroombit Tops National Park. Travel further west to the Banana Shire area which abounds with opportunities for intrepid travellers to experience a bush adventure holiday or enjoy a genuine farmstay experience.
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Gladstone City Gladstone – unique, unforgettable and truly special. With such contrasting features of industry, nature and the World Heritage-listed Southern Great Barrier Reef; Gladstone creates an unlikely, exciting and interesting holiday destination.
ladstone is home to in excess of 35,000 residents and is better known as one of Australia’s major industrial centres. Gladstone has fast become a popular destination for holiday makers and sea changers alike. More than just the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Capricorn Bunker Group of Islands, Gladstone holds many jewels in the crown of the Southern Reef with two Coral Cay resorts a short distance off the coast, Heron Island and Wilson Island. Start your Gladstone experience with a bird’s eye view of the city, harbour and islands. Venture up to the prominent lookouts of Auckland Hill or Round Hill that offer 360 degree panoramic views of the Gladstone Region. From either of these lookouts you can see to the west, Mount Larcom, the landmark that drew Lieutenant Matthew Flinders into our harbour. The natural, deep waters first beckoned Lieutenant Matthew Flinders in 1802 to explore the area, which was later named Gladstone to honour British statesman William Gladstone. Since then the city has become a 21st century industrial city of global significance. Learn more about the Gladstone Harbour’s nautical past and its development over the years at the Gladstone Maritime Museum or by taking a cruise on the well known and very popular Harbour Coffee Cruise.
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Gladstone residents love the water and marine activities. In fact, it is celebrated every year with the Gladstone Harbour Festival that culminates with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. With one of the highest boat ownerships per capita in Australia, the local residents know the waterways like the back of their hand. Gladstone Marina is a popular spot for boat owners and equally for residents and visitors. The protected and secure confines of the Gladstone Marina are the ideal location to see the dolphins, moor your boat or yacht and refresh supplies. The Gladstone Marina is home to a great waterfront recreation area, one of many that mark the city. Included in the marina setting is award winning Spinnaker Park, a huge expanse of parkland well suited to families, with picnic areas, barbeques and a beach cove for the kids. Spinnaker Park offers two and a half kilometres of walking tracks that meander through native flora, wetlands and ponds. The main street of Gladstone, Goondoon Street, holds the City’s rich heritage and magnificently preserved buildings. Get a taste of local cuisine and enjoy the talent and entertainment at Library Square as you make your way along the Gladstone Mall. Further down Goondoon Street is Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum. Built in 1934, the building has been used as the council chambers, cinema and library over the years. The heavy metal sculpture teamed with the beautiful heritage-listed structure provides a stunning example of how industry shapes our distinctive city. Be amazed by the gallery and its collection, one of the finest collections in regional Queensland. It regularly features exhibitions by local artists, many of whom work for or are inspired by local
industry. View an authentic Gladstone Bag or the 2.3 metre tall 19th century marble statue of the city’s namesake William Ewart Gladstone and other local artefacts housed throughout the museum. Chat with staff and volunteers who are happy to share the unique stories of Gladstone. On the outer city limits is Gladstone’s spectacular Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Specialising in the native plants of the Port Curtis area and Far North Queensland, the 107 hectare gardens have been a part of Gladstone’s attractions since 1988. Walk through a mix of rugged hills, peaceful rainforests and towering gum trees, or take a breather and feed the turtles in the lake and spot wallabies, butterflies and kangaroos that make themselves at home in the totally natural surrounds. Take in the wonderful scenery from the viewing deck and café or fire up the barbeque and lay out the rug for a picnic beside the lake or Japanese Tea Garden. Create your own adventure and take a self-guided walk around the garden or
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take advantage of a free tour of the gardens including a city sights tour and pick the brains of a local knowledgeable guide. Just behind Tondoon Gardens, five minutes’ drive from the Gladstone CBD, travellers are drawn to the multi-award winning Gecko Valley Winery. Set on rolling hills, the winery is popular with tourists and locals for its fine locally made wine, al fresco lunches and the magnificent view. Before leaving be sure to drop into the Lazy Lizard Gallery and view the works by local artists and individually handcrafted jewellery for sale. Indulge in a spot of retail therapy and find the unusual and unexpected at one of the many boutique and specialty stores throughout the city’s five shopping districts. As the home of Queensland’s best seafood, Gladstone is a seafood lover’s paradise. Gladstone is famous for being home to some of
the best mud crab and prawns which are renowned regional delicacies. Serious foodies, adventurous diners, fresh produce seekers and families who love to eat, will all find the experience they crave in Gladstone. As the sun sets, Gladstone truly comes alive. Drinks and cocktails in a local bar while catching up with friends is a popular past time of Gladstone locals. Gladstoneâ€™s night life is all about enjoying the live entertainment at library square and at the pubs and clubs or book a seat at the stage shows at the new Entertainment Centre. At the end of the day, Gladstone City has a range of accommodation options to fit any budget. Styles include budget lodgings, quaint bed and breakfasts, private caravan parks with camp sites and villas, stylish hotels, motels and selfcontained units and an Island Retreat nestled in the harbour.
Boyne Island and Tannum Sands Perfectly positioned just 20 kilometres south of Gladstone, the relaxed coastal lifestyle surrounds you at the seaside twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.
hese communities have long been a well kept secret, hidden from thousands of people obliviously driving past the turnoff on the Bruce Highway every year not knowing what they were missing out on. Separated by the Boyne River and John Oxley Bridge, with a combined population of around 12,000 residents, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands are well catered by three main shopping centres, two service stations, two caravan parks, seven motels, including a hotel/motel and a 14-hole golf course that is earmarked to become an 18-hole international course and resort facility. Smell the aroma of a good Aussie feast cooked on one of the free council provided, electric BBQs mixed with the salty air of the ocean or hear the children squeal with delight as they thunder down the flying fox at the playground, all as you wander through the award winning foreshore development of Millennium Esplanade at Tannum Sands. Just south of Tannum Sands Beach is Wild Cattle Island, an untouched national park separated from the mainland by Wild Cattle Creek. Those who desire a natural coastal encounter can access the island by boat across the creek. It is a great destination for a day trip or obtain a permit from DERM and camp the night. At the northern end of Tannum Sands Beach is Canoe Point. Walk through the displays of outdoor sculptures created by local artisans and enjoy the magnificent sights from the spectacular cliff top boardwalk or enjoy a picnic amongst the lush tropical bush land. Surrounded by the mighty Boyne River, Boyne Island is a hassle-free destination just waiting to be explored. Weave your way around the life size
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turtle figures during an entertaining stroll or bike ride along Turtle Way, 15 kilometres of riverfront tracks on the banks of the Boyne River. Partake in a game of lawn bowls, touch football, rugby league, soccer or Australian Rules at one of the area’s sporting facilities. Enjoy the thrill of a skate, blade or BMX by the waterside at Bray Park. From Bray Park jump into your boat with fishing rod in hand and discover the unspoiled estuaries of the Boyne River. Alternatively, fishing from the bank also provides opportunity for a great catch with popular estuary fish such as barramundi, bream, flathead, mangrove jack, grunter and whiting on offer. With no visible signs, it’s hard to believe that Boyne Island is home to one of the world’s largest Aluminium Smelters. To learn more, why not book on to a FREE industry tour that is offered
every Friday during the months of March through to November each year. The ‘Mine to Market’ tour can be booked at the local information centre or call 07 4972 9000. Fishing enthusiasts may want to time their trip to the district to coincide with the area’s BoyneTannum Hook-Up. This fishing event held in early May, is one of the premiere fishing competitions in Australia with entertainment, giveaways and competitions just a small part of this exciting weekend. While in the area be sure to join the locals at the Beach Arts and Music (BAM) event held from March to December on the beautiful seaside park area of Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. BAM is a community event featuring a wide range of food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more, making this event an awesome family friendly outing.
Lake Awoonga and Benaraby Catch the elusive barramundi at Lake Awoonga and experience some regional culture or the excitement of motor sport. Whatever you choose to do this part of the Gladstone Region will inspire, excite and amaze.
Catch the Big One The call of the barramundi draws many fishing enthusiasts to jump into boats and chase their catch all around Australia. At Lake Awoonga, you are almost guaranteed to catch a “barra”. Located off the Bruce Highway from the small town of Benaraby, about 30 minutes’ drive from Gladstone, Lake Awoonga’s world-class barramundi fishery has become very popular in recent years. Lake Awoonga has earned a reputation as one of the best impound freshwater fishing spots in the world. The strong tug of the fishing line is a good sign that a barra has latched onto your lure. Lake Awoonga is open for fishing all year round, with a limit only applying in the normal closed season from December to February. Take to your own boat or hire one from the Leisure Craft operators at the Lake. For a different fishing experience try a BBQ boat for a great day’s fishing and entertainment or utilise the local knowledge of fishing tour operators who will have you tussling with a barramundi, mangrove jack, grunter or perch in no time. If fishing becomes too much, slip into the cool waters of Lake Awoonga for a relaxing dip, gentle canoe or revitalising sail. Pull on some walking shoes and explore the Lake’s naturally sculpted landscape teeming with a wondrous array of plants, animals and birds. Cook up a feast on the barbeque underneath a beautifully designed picnic shelter and take in the vastness of the Lake.
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Tearing yourself away from such a picture perfect spot can be difficult, so why not stay overnight in the comfortable caravan park, newly built cabins or on board a houseboat and enjoy a perfect lakeside holiday.
Cultural Cravings Be inspired to pick up the paintbrush at the fascinating Cedar Galleries Artists Village, just north of Benaraby along the Bruce Highway. Built totally by hand, these galleries are a tribute to those who created them. Sunday’s Farmers Markets make it a good excuse to visit and take in the masterpieces that have been brought to life by local and visiting artists. Take it easy in the peaceful bush surrounds and savour the taste of a coffee and light snack.
Benaraby Motor Sportz For those who enjoy the thrill of speed, the Benaraby Motor Sportz complex offers a broad range of options to become involved either as a participant, sponsor or spectator. Some of the current clubs based at this growing complex include Central Queensland Drag Racing which has one of the few 1/4 mile drag race tracks in Queensland, Gladstone District Dirtriders who are currently the biggest Motocross club in Central Queensland, Curtis Coast Trail Ride Club and the Gladstone Auto Club who are in construction phase of the first new dirt speedway track to be developed in Queensland for some time.
Mount Larcom, Calliope and Boyne Valley The Australian ideals of mateship, larrikinism and tenacity against adversity were forged in the country. The Calliope area is dotted with a myriad of places where you can regain an appreciation of what the Australian bush is all about.
he former gold rush township of Calliope, located just west of the crossroads on the Bruce Highway, is the gateway to many country towns throughout the area. While the gold rush days have passed, Calliope still remains a vibrant, growing community with a shopping village, country club, bowls club, genuine country pubs and a golf course. Step back in time and relive the early days of the region at the Calliope River Historical Village, located a few kilometres north of Calliope on the Bruce Highway. Home to an array of buildings from around the region that have been relocated and restored to their former glory, the Calliope River Historical Village is a splendid location to take a break when travelling north or south along the Bruce Highway. The village is open seven days a week for tours, drinks and snacks. However, it really comes alive on selected Sundays for the country markets. Meet the fruit and vegetable growers, watch artisans create innovative pieces or take time out under the shade of a tree and listen to lively guitar or moving poetry. Found just north of Calliope along the Bruce Highway is the township of Mount Larcom. For those who are up to the challenge, climb to the summit of Mount Larcom, Gladstone Region’s most prominent natural landmark and be rewarded by the uninterrupted 360 degree view
of rural landscapes and the Gladstone Harbour. On a clear day, you will see reef islands to the east and Rockhampton to the north. To the southwest of Calliope is the mighty Boyne Valley. The four small communities of Nagoorin, Ubobo, Builyan and Many Peaks have withstood the test of time. The scenic valley was put on the map by gold and copper in the late 1800s, but is now more known for its timber and agricultural industries. It is also the catchment area for the region’s water source, Lake Awoonga. Get off the usual touring route and enjoy some authentic country hospitality and learn about the hard work and determination of early settlers. Their descendants will happily share a yarn with you over a cool drink at one of the general stores or pubs. The Boyne Valley Historical Society Cottage, located in the heart of Ubobo, provides interesting and informative personalised tours for those interested in reliving the history of the area. When driving through the valley, why not stop and unwind at picnic spots at Futter Creek or camp beside Lake Awoonga at Boynedale Bush Camp. Country towns are known for their festivals and celebrations where everyone comes together to make their own fun. Join the locals for the annual Music in the Mountains weekend at Harmony Farm Ubobo in May, the Boyne Valley Spring Festival at Builyan in September or the Country Music Campout at the Discovery Centre in Ubobo late November.
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Miriam Vale, Baffle Creek and Bororen The towns that dot the Discovery Coast offer travellers wholesome country hospitality and quiet breaks, all within a stone’s throw of the coastline.
our taste buds will dance as you relish the flavour of a famous freshly made crab sandwich at the highway township of Miriam Vale. With a population of approximately 600, Miriam Vale is just the place for you to refresh or escape the hustle and bustle of the bigger townships. Stroll down the old-fashioned main street and absorb the country atmosphere. Enjoy country cooking and a cup of tea at one of the quaint cafés or call into the 80 year old pub for a quiet ale with the local characters. Opposite the pub is the historical fig tree, originally used as the drop-off point for milk. The fig was planted in the early 1900s and is definitely worth the visit, and is also the perfect spot for a photo. The friendly volunteers at the Miriam Vale Visitor Information Centre are sure to make you feel at home, and you never know what you will learn. Enjoy a cold beer and absorb the smell of old hard wood distinctive to the historic pub at Bororen. Indulge in true Aussie culture at this restored 104 year old watering hole, known for its unique timber design and huge steaks. Sheltered in the waters of Rodd’s Bay, Turkey Beach and the surrounding tidal creeks are home to many aquatic treasures. The area is perfect for anglers with the finest of fish species on offer. Rodd’s Bay is also a sanctuary for dugongs, a protected marine mammal and iconic Australian animal.
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Each Australian country town has its own, distinctive spirit and the townships in the Baffle Creek District are no exception. The hidden hinterland gems of Baffle Creek, Lowmead, Rosedale and Rules Beach provide a great way to mix raw Australian nature with true, ‘fair dinkum’ local characters and experiences. The township of Baffle Creek is the perfect place for camping, bushwalking and getting up close and personal with nature. ‘The Baffle’ is one of the largest estuaries in Australia. being over two kilometres at its widest, with a tidal reach of 35 kilometres and inclusive of its many tributaries, Baffle Creek has a catchment area of approximately 3000 square kilometres.
Did you know? The name Miriam Vale was chosen by Arthur Chauvel in 1854 for his leased land. It was in honour of his sister. Bororen was the centre of a rich dairying area with 60 dairy farms at one time.
The Baffle Creek catchment supports a great diversity of terrestrial flora and fauna species, including a number of threatened and endangered species. Bird diversity is particularly obvious along the river including the numerous freshwater wetlands alongside the river. Additionally, aquatic and marine species are equally diverse and in abundance. This is the main reason visitors arrive at Baffle Creek, for the fishing, to catch the elusive “barra”, “jack”, mudcrabs and prawns, not forgetting the sheer beauty and tranquillity of the region! For accommodation in the Miriam Vale, Bororen, Baffle Creek area, there is a multitude of choices from motels and caravan parks with unique unrivalled character to camp stays and tranquil getaways.
Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy The Discovery Coast’s Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are relaxed seaside communities linked by kilometres of striking beach fronting the deep blue waters of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
he picturesque coastline of the twin seaside communities of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy offer an exciting and appealing multitude of experiences. Famously known as the birthplace of Queensland, Seventeen Seventy was named after Lieutenant James Cook and his crew from the ‘Endeavour’ who came ashore on 24 May 1770. It is now the only coastal departure point for many reef trip operators and fishing charters to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Although in recent times Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy have been hyped as the ‘New Noosa’, the area’s genuine physical beauty has been preserved and maintained through the eco friendly lifestyle. The untouched natural surroundings and the absence of commercialisation is what makes these communities so popular for residents and visitors alike. The Discovery Coast climate is best described as perfect, with more than 280 days of sunshine each year. Imagine swimming in crystal clear waters, unwinding on your own deserted beach, kayaking or kite surfing beside dolphins playing, sailing and bushwalking. This is the essence of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy – untouched, exclusive and pure. Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy attract people from many different walks of life. The sheer range and variety of accommodation
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options, from backpacker facilities to comfortable motels and units to 5-star resorts and homes with million dollar views, reflects the true nature and diversity of the area. Day trips depart from Seventeen Seventy Marina and visit some of the most pristine parts of the entire Southern Great Barrier Reef including the protected, untouched coral cays of Lady Musgrave Island. Come face to face with reef fish, swim with graceful manta rays and turtles as you immerse yourself in the vivid colour of prehistoric corals and brilliant blue ocean. The irresistible beach at Agnes Water entices surfers from far and wide to discover their own piece of paradise. As the most northern surf beach on the East Coast of Australia; Agnes Water is a must for board riders seeking secluded, picturesque spots with unbelievable breaks and was voted into the 101 best beaches in Australia list. The area also offers safe swimming with beaches patrolled by lifesavers during peak seasons. For those interested in natural exploration, a visit to the national parks that surround Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy is essential. Spend some quality time exploring the distinct range of environments either by 4WD or foot. Create your own adventure or utilise the expertise of local operators and learn about the area during a guided tour.
The impressive ecosystem of Deepwater National Park is home to a variety of wildlife species. The flap of birds’ wings as they land on the freshwater wetlands and the squeaking of sand as turtle hatchlings scurry from unspoilt, high sand dunes surround you in this coastal wilderness. In spring take in the unsurpassed panoramic views of the coastline from Ganoonga Noonga Lookout located at Eurimbula National Park. This attractive coastal sanctuary with sandy beaches, paperbark swamps and rainforest is teeming with a diverse range of native flora and fauna. Those who want to up-the-tempo and indulge the thrill-seeker within are well catered for in Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Reel in the catch of the day from a reef or freshwater fishing spot that only the locals know about. Jump aboard the huge pink, eco-friendly LARC (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessel) and travel over land and sea to Bustard Head and its historic lighthouse. Hear the stories of mystery and sorrow that surround this ‘Lighthouse of Tragedy’. On the way home feel the wind rush through your hair as you tackle the giant dunes of Middle Island by sand board. ‘Hang ten’ on unbelievable surf breaks in the middle of the Great Barrier Reef or learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ at the local surf school. Explore the wonderful coastline by ocean kayak, canoe or surf ski and see wildlife in their
natural habitats. At day’s end sit down with the locals and watch the sunset over the ocean with a cool drink in hand. History and culture are extremely important to the Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy communities. Meet with locals and learn about the historical legacy of European settlement at the Museum located in Agnes Water which houses a superb collection of local and maritime history, including extracts from Lieutenant James Cook’s diary. See the exact location where Cook came ashore at Monument Point or witness the re-enactment of the landing at the 1770 Captain Cook Commemorative Festival held annually in May. Soak up the local sights, tastes and sounds during this weekend of festivities. If art and craft is your passion head to the Discovery Coast Markets at Seventeen Seventy. Purchase local art and craft while enjoying the
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easy atmosphere and coastal charm. Alternatively, quench your thirst with a Devonshire tea or cappuccino before studying paintings, pottery and woodwork from regional artists at the Garden Art Gallery and local galleries. Experience the laid back style of coastal shopping whilst meeting colourful characters along the way. With various specialty shops and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee and baked bread to delight the senses, you will truly experience what keeps people coming back. When hunger hits, experience the full bodied flavours of fresh, local produce combined with a free and easy seaside atmosphere that is Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy dining. Select from great fish ‘n’ chips, excellent tavern meals and extensive menus at relaxed waterside cafés or restaurants that are sure to satisfy all tastes. At day’s end grab a cocktail, gaze over the water and enjoy the array of colours that wash over the sky during sunset.
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Experience the Banana Shire Leave the coastal delights behind and venture into a world built on the sweat and fortitude of proud Australian men and women. Where the wide, brown land provides honest and true bush experiences that will be remembered forever. This is the district of the Banana Shire – authentic, fair dinkum and full of pride.
he Banana Shire area abounds with opportunities for the intrepid traveller to experience a genuine bush holiday. Located west of Gladstone, this rural jewel abundant in earthy wonders and scenic country drives is an interesting feature on any travel itinerary. Steeped in agricultural and mining heritage, this resource-rich area was named in the 19th century after a dun-coloured bullock called Banana. The epicentre of the area is Biloela, a bustling township found in the heart of the Callide Valley and at the junction of Australia’s Country Way and Gorges Way. It is the major population base and service centre of the booming district, and an ideal spot from which to base your Australian bush adventure. Make your way through the magnificently preserved old relics of the past at the Pioneer Village and Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club. View the informative and attractive ‘Spirit of the Land’ mural, 100 metres of magnificent artwork telling the history of the Callide Valley through a series of stories. From there it’s just a short walk to the historic Greycliffe Homestead. Gain an appreciation of the giant power source needed to drive the district’s resources boom at Callide Power Station on the outskirts of Biloela. Hear the roar of mining machinery from the
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massive open-cut Callide Mine as you visit the nearby picnic area and lookout. Embrace the solitude of one of Australia’s premier inland fisheries, Callide Dam. Try to snag a red claw or two to go with your catch of barramundi, sleepy cod or yellow-belly from the dam, which is part of the renowned Bass to Barra Trail. Camp overnight at one of the various selfsufficient camp sites at Kroombit Tops National Park, or try out the comfortable accommodation of Kroombit Lochenbar Station located close to the national park. This property provides the best of both worlds for nature and experience seekers alike. Become a pro at cracking a whip or indulge the thrill seeker within and abseil down the trunk
of a blue gum tree. Be treated to a personalised 4WD tour through the national park and discover picturesque secret locations. Later that night retire to your comfortable cabin, powered caravan or camp site or sleep under the stars in an organised camp out. The cheers of the crowd from the famous country racetrack ring out across the pleasant country town of Thangool, located just 12 kilometres south of Biloela, along Australia’s Country Way. Bush race days bring an eclectic mix of city slickers and country folk who party well into the evening. Entertainment, along with huge steaks, can always be found at the local pubs where the tall stories told by stockmen, miners, farmers and graziers from around the district will make you chuckle.
Just west of the township, hear the musical notes resonate high above the trees at Mount Scoria. This extraordinary 150 metre high rock formation, with unusual columns of scoria rock attracts people from far and wide. Read about the Indigenous stories of the past with interpretive signage along the walking track at the mountain’s base, which gives insight into the Gangulu People. Paddocks of cattle and fields of grain and cotton make for a scenic trail on the way to towns of charm and history west of Biloela. As you drive down the gentle slope, be greeted by an imposing statue of a brawny yellow bullock at Banana, 45 kilometres west of Biloela. The Banana Township is located at the junction of the Dawson Highway
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and the Leichhardt Highway. The town derives its name from a huge dun coloured bullock named Banana that was used as a decoy to lead wild cattle to pens in the 1880s. Note the large survey peg from which point all of the surrounding land was surveyed. North of Banana are quaint country towns full of character. Baralaba, Jambin, Goovigen, Dululu and Wowan are real Aussie towns that warrant further exploration. Absorb the rich heritage of the thriving bush of yesteryear at the Baralaba Historical Village or immerse yourself in the thousands of photographs at the Baralaba Historic Photos Collection and gain a true appreciation of what life was like. Relax and unwind as you drift along the peaceful Dawson River with fishing rod in hand and with a bit of luck you might catch a hearty feast. Make your way through rich agricultural areas and drop in to see the locals at the friendly country pub at Jambin. Investigate the local history display at the iron clad School of Arts and walk around the lovingly renovated buildings and attractive gardens at Goovigen. Enjoy the picturesque vista of yellow sunflowers in late summer at Dululu. This quaint township is a centre of diverse agriculture production with stud cattle, horses, pigs, squab, lucerne, grains, eggs and citrus orchards as top commodities. While in this area, be sure to take time to discover a genuine bush experience at Myella Farm Stay. Located near Baralaba, this 2,600 acre working
cattle property offers a true slice of Aussie bush life. Feel the sun on your back, wipe the sweat from your brow as you fix fences and collect firewood. Ride through wide-open fields on horses or discover the beauty of the bush from the back of your motorbike. Stroke an orphaned kangaroo as it snuggles into your chest and devours the contents of a feeding bottle. In the evening, share a good old-fashioned home cooked meal and be entertained by authentic bush poetry or a good yarn. Directly west of Banana, mining draglines form unique gigantic metallic statues on the horizon at Moura. A leader in mining, cotton, grain and cattle industries, Moura forms the heart of the resource-rich Banana Shire. While the town is surrounded by industry, the hard work and dedication of the local community has ensured Moura remains an exciting and liveable destination. As you drive towards the town look out for the “Holey Rocks” which mark Moura’s position on the 150th Meridian. On the way to the Dawson River, stop by the saleyards and witness a real country cattle auction, held each fortnight. Be careful who you wave to though or you might end up with a few head of Brahmans. Stay awhile at the well kept camping area on the Dawson River. Spend time fishing or boating or just enjoy the peace and quiet with the local birds and wildlife. Alternatively, gently amble through the Coal and Country Museum and Information Centre to find
Did you know? The town Banana derives its name from a huge dun coloured bullock named Banana that was used as a decoy to lead wild cattle to pens in the 1880s.
out about the pioneering and coal mining history of the area. South from Banana along the Leichhardt Highway through fields of snow white cotton and a boulevard of palm trees is the small, friendly town of Theodore. This is no ordinary Queensland town. Here the locals own the pub – literally. Theodore is home to Queensland’s only community owned pub, Hotel Theodore. The money from this business goes straight back into the district. Stroll around Theodore’s well-kept streets and venture into a bygone era at the Dawson Folk Museum, located in the town’s original Power Station. Launch your boat from Junction Park and discover the untouched splendour of the Dawson
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River. Hear the whirr of the fishing line as you land sleepy cod, barramundi, perch or grunter. Spot a playful platypus, sleepy koalas and agile emus amongst the Livistonia palms and Dawson River blackbutts that line the river. Truly appreciate the strength of survival needed by our Australian bush drovers at the historic hand built flagged road, near Glenmoral Gorge, found just outside the town. Built in 1863, the stone bullock track formed an essential part of the wool carting route between Roma and Rockhampton. Some of the rocks used in the flagging weighed approximately 220 kilograms and were laid neatly into the ground by hand. Just 35 kilometres south of Theodore is the dramatic maze of sandstone gorges and cliffs of Isla Gorge National Park. Experience nature in harmony as you trek through the stunning
scenery filled with rare plants and striking rock formations that change colour with the passing sun. Examine the rock engravings and stencils of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. From Theodore travel southeast to the gold mining town of Cracow. As you step into Hotel Cracow, you are welcomed by a mixture of pride and larrikinism that is the essence of the once flourishing gold mining town of Cracow. Gold was discovered in 1850, with the Golden Plateau N.L. Company operating the mine from 1936 to 1976. Once promoted as a ‘ghost town’, Cracow was given a new lease of life in 2003 with the reopening of the gold mine.
the interpretive ‘talking box’ at the base of the tree, hear the story from the tree’s perspective of the characters and changes it has witnessed over its long lifetime which commenced many years before the visit of Leichhardt. Attractions in this area feature spectacular national parks with sandstone cliffs, including the amazing Isla Gorge. Much of the area is pastoral and agricultural land which supports the area’s thriving rural sector. Spring wildflowers dot the landscape in the south and during the wet season a range of wild birds visit our watercourses, joining the broad array of native wildlife that call the area home.
Enjoy the mixture of old and new bush experiences by taking a walking tour of the town. Rumours suggest that ghosts inhabit the town. When you move over the creaking boards of the old Boarding House, the eerie feeling of being watched is uncanny. Fred Brophy’s boxing tent and ‘Cracow Beach’ are iconic attractions. The Taroom area, at the centre of the Leichhardt Highway is rich in natural attractions and is a thriving rural sector that provides a wide range of quality community and business facilities. The township of Taroom was founded by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt as he passed through on his first expedition in 1844. The intrepid explorer blazed his initials on a large Coolabah tree, which still stands prominently in the main street of Taroom. From
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Getting to the Gladstone Region is a breeze Self Drive The Gladstone Region, situated 500 kilometres north of Brisbane, is intersected by a number of major Australian highways. Queensland’s major coastal touring route, the Bruce Highway, provides many access points to seaside and country locations within the Gladstone Region. From the Bruce Highway, turning off at Miriam Vale are the twin towns of Agnes Water and the Town of 1770. These twin towns are the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The Gladstone Region has many touring routes including Gorges Way, the Country Way and the Leichhardt Highway. These inland touring routes provide access to the surrounding townships of Calliope, Biloela, Taroom and Banana where you can experience and enjoy the magnificent sandstone gorges throughout our region. For advice on self drive routes or a free map, visit www.gladstonregion.info or www.drivequeensland.com.au.
Taxi and Car Hire Services Major hire car companies including Avis, Budget, Europcar and Thrifty offer rental and/or drop off facilities in Gladstone City and Biloela. A taxi service is available for local destinations in Gladstone, Calliope, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands as well as Agnes Water and Biloela.
Air Services Gladstone Airport is exceptionally well serviced with multiple flights to and from Brisbane via major airlines QantasLink and Virgin Australia. Direct flights to and from Sydney are also available through QantasLink. Gladstone Airport is also the departure point for aerial services to Heron Island. In addition, Thangool Airport, near Biloela, is another departure point for daily QantasLink flights to Brisbane. For more information on these flight services visit www.qantas.com or www.virginaustralia.com.au.
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Coach and Bus Services
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Greyhound Australia travel into the Gladstone region on its Brisbane to Cairns route, stopping in at Agnes Water and Gladstone. For more information on Greyhound Australia’s coach services visit www.greyhound.com.au.
Seafarers can berth at the modern Gladstone Marina, sheltered in the safe surrounds of Gladstone Harbour. Operated by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, the marina offers all maritime services. For more information, contact Gladstone Ports Corporation on 07 4976 1333 or visit www.gpcl.com.au.
Gladstone has a local bus service operating through the Gladstone suburbs and servicing the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands communities. Contact the Visitor Information Centre for bus information and other coach companies servicing the Gladstone Region.
Try a sea change destination and follow the path of Captain Cook’s Endeavour as you come in to port at the 1770 marina.
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Gladstone City Sights – 30km Allow at least half a day to see the sights
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1. Port of Gladstone & Gladstone Marina Named Port Curtis by Matthew Flinders, Gladstone’s harbour is Queensland’s busiest. Take a free tour of the port facilities with the Gladstone Ports Corporation. Bookings can be made at the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre, located at the Marina. With its boardwalk and parkland, the Gladstone Marina is a modern anchorage for small craft, yachts and fishing fleet. It’s also the departure point for Heron Island and the Great Barrier Reef.
2. Auckland Hill Lookout: 1km The William Golding Memorial Lookout atop Auckland Hill offers a fine view over Port Curtis and the Gladstone Marina as well as Curtis and Facing Islands. Nearby is the top of a cliff-face waterfall and a 111-step walk down to Auckland Inlet.
3. City Centre: 1km In the friendly city centre is the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, one of the finest in provincial Queensland. Housed in the old Town Hall, the Gallery and Museum feature visiting and local collections. Entry is free.
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This is the city’s birthplace – Gladstone’s first settlers landed here in 1847. It’s also the location of the city’s earliest grave, with historical plaques marking points of interest. A floating tidal enclosure makes for safe summer swimming.
5. Queensland Alumina: 3km A specially constructed lookout with information boards provides a panoramic view of one of the world’s largest bauxite processing plants. Join one of the free Industry Tours, bookings can be made at the Visitor Information Centre.
6. Tondoon Botanic Gardens: 7km One of the few totally native gardens in Australia, this 170-hectare parkland features a lake and the three-kilometre Mt Biondello Bush Walk. The gardens are also home to colourful native birds, wallabies and turtles. Weekly tours of the gardens are incorporated with a scenic tour of Gladstone, this tour can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre. Right next door is Gecko Valley Winery, Central Queensland’s premier winery.
7. Round Hill Lookout: 5km It’s a short ascent up Round Hill for a magnificent view of the Gladstone Region, although this route isn’t suitable for caravans. Look south to Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, east to the harbour and industry and north to the city centre.
8. Callemondah: 6km In one of the city’s industrial areas you’ll find the Auckland Creek Environmental Zone. Rich in birdlife, the zone includes lush parklands, walking trails and a viewing point for a fruit bat colony. This drive takes you close to the NRG Gladstone Power Station, the state’s largest, which generates a quarter of Queensland’s electricity. The free Power Station Industry Tour is conducted weekly, this tour can be booked at the Visitor Information Centre.
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From Many Peaks you’ll travel along mountain roads past the Kalpower State Forest. It has lookouts, short walking tracks and camping facilities. The Gladstone-Monto Road from Many Peaks to Monto is not suitable for caravans and has some unsealed sections.
5. Monto: 37km The beef and dairy industries keep Monto ticking over, but the area also has wonderful natural attractions like nearby Cania Gorge National Park. It is suitable for a day visit or for a longer stay at one of the Tourist Parks.
1. Calliope River Historical Village: 28km Learn about the region’s early history as you stroll around the impressive collection of relocated and restored heritage buildings, including a school, church and pub. There’s also an art and craft market at the village on selected Sundays.
2. Calliope Township: 8km
6. Biloela: 94km North of Thangool is the turnoff for Mt Scoria Conservation Park with its unique basalt formations. In Biloela, Queensland Heritage Park is one of the most intriguing primary industry displays in Queensland. Visit Lochenbar Station set amid Kroombit Tops National Park for a slice of outback life. View the ‘Spirit of the Land’ mural, 100 metres of magnificent artwork telling the history of the Callide Valley through a series of stories. Then it’s just a short walk to the historic Greycliffe Homestead.
Now surrounded by farms and a beautiful hinterland landscape, Calliope was once a bustling gold mining centre. The area boasts historic homesteads and two country pubs perfect for counter lunches.
3. The Boyne Valley: 63km Here you’ll find attractive country towns like Nagoorin and Ubobo. Alongside the Boyne River are several picnic spots. The townships of Builyan and Many Peaks were once prosperous gold mining centres. The pub at Many Peaks is famous for its excellent counter lunches.
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Gladstone to The Discovery Coast – 135km (one way) Allow 4 hours for the trip, but a couple of days to explore
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1. Bororen: 49km Bororen is noted for its timber and cattle industries. The Bororen Hotel Motel is a restored pub well known for its unique design and huge steaks!
2. Miriam Vale: 13km Miriam Vale is an interesting township in a picturesque valley and is the main access point to Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Settled by sheep farmers, it now supports the timber and dairy industries and tourism is flourishing.
3. Eurimbula National Park: 49km Access to Eurimbula is recommended by four-wheel-drive, but three kilometres from the park entrance is a short, steep walking track to the Ganoonga Noonga Lookout, accessible by two-wheel-drive. The park features pockets of rainforest close to the beach.
4. Agnes Water: 9km Here you’ll find the northern-most surfing beach on Australia’s east coast. Very popular with board riders, it is patrolled by lifesavers in the summer. Agnes Water is a quiet, seaside village with excellent accommodation and facilities for tourists, including the Miriam Vale Museum which houses artefacts and interesting information about the area.
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It was at Round Hill Creek where Lieutenant James Cook first landed in Queensland in May 1770. A monument now marks the spot. At Round Hill Headland there are two lookout platforms with great views. From here you can also see the heritage-listed Bustard Head Lighthouse. Take day trips to Lady Musgrave Island and other colourful destinations on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Join the LARC amphibious craft tour and drive along deserted beaches.
6. Deepwater National Park – 4WD option: 5km Access to Deepwater is by four-wheel-drive. The park has a remarkable stretch of coastline with high dunes backed by open forest as well as freshwater wetlands. Basic camping facilities are available at Middle Rock and Wreck Rock.
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Gladstone to Miriam Vale – 135km (one way) Allow 6 hours to enjoy the trip
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1. Lake Awoonga: 30km From Gladstone, travel to Lake Awoonga, a recreation area popular with visitors and locals alike with first-class facilities including a caravan park, picnic shelters, barbeques, playgrounds, landscaped walking trails and boat ramps. Only a 30-minute drive from Gladstone, the lake supplies the region’s water for industrial and domestic use. It is also a wildlife sanctuary – home and haven to a large variety of birds and animals, including wallabies and turtles.
Tannum Sands is just 10 kilometres from the Bruce Highway, and has long, white sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sailboarding and surfskiing. Beautifully landscaped parklands and recreation facilities have been created on the coastal foreshore area named “Millennium Esplanade”. The parklands have fun playgrounds, free barbeques and well maintained facilities. The main beach is patrolled by lifesavers on the weekends and during school holidays in the spring and summer months.
4. Turkey Beach: 51km This small coastal village is one of the area’s top fishing spots. Large mangrove inlets, estuaries and creeks make it perfect for throwing in a line.
5. Miriam Vale: 41km With a population of about 600, Miriam Vale is a hub for the timber, cattle and dairy industries. The town offers the traveller an excellent opportunity to rest and refresh. Drop into the service station with the giant crab for one of their famous mud crab sandwiches. In the old-style main street near the highway through the town, you can have a picnic lunch in the park, a coffee in the café or a cool drink in the nearby pub.
2. Boyne Island: 20km Boyne Island is home to the Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL), the largest aluminium smelter in Australia. There is a free Industry Tour of BSL, bookings can be made at the Visitor Information Centre. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands have more than 15 kilometres of walks known as The Turtle Way, winding beside the river through bushland, dunes and parks such as the Canoe Point picnic area and environmental park botanic walk.
Accommodation After a full day of experiencing some of what the Gladstone Region and Banana Shire have to offer, there are a range of places to choose from to lay your weary head.
he Region’s accommodation meets the requirements of all travellers, budgets and locations. Bed and Breakfasts to suit the passing through couples, backpacker hostels to accommodate international travellers or those on a budget, apartments for corporate travellers and holiday parks for the family. Enjoy a little hustle and bustle? Like to be in the heart of it all? Gladstone City, the Region’s hub, can give you all this as well as somewhere
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comfortable to sleep at night. Located close, or within the CBD, Gladstone has a full range of accommodation options; 3 to 5-star hotels and motels, quaint bed and breakfasts, selfcontained units with all the comforts of home, backpacker accommodation and attractive caravan parks and holiday villages providing cabins and campsites. Gladstone accommodates tourists as well as corporate travellers, for long, medium or short term stays. Not far from the hustle and bustle of Gladstone City are the growing coastal twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. These towns offer river and sea side caravan parks with cabins and campsites, holiday units, motels and hotels with unspoilt views of the ocean. These towns are perfect for those wanting to escape by the sea, but still want to be close to the regional city.
An hour and a half southeast of Gladstone, the Discovery Coast beckons, with the twin communities of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy offering accommodation options with a seaside backdrop or tucked away with nature. Hotels, motels, self-contained units, caravan parks with cabins and campsites, bed and breakfasts, backpacker hostels, luxury holiday homes and campstays line the streets of these mellow towns. The small town charm will entice you, ensuring you’ll want to extend your stay. What about an outback experience? The Banana Shire is filled with places for you to rest after a big day of experiencing the outback. The area is home to motels, hotels and caravan parks. If you’re looking for something a little different however, something that really puts you amongst the outback, the area has just the facilities. Farmstays are a fantastic way to live the outback lifestyle whilst on holidays. Milk the cows and muster the cattle by day, sit around a camp fire at night and fall asleep to the noises of the outback – no sirens, car brakes or lights to keep you awake. This is perfect for families, couples or single travellers, for short, medium or long stays, with many people becoming return visitors. The region has many highway or major road towns; Miriam Vale, Bororen, Benaraby, Calliope and Mount Larcom. These townships all offer accommodation for visitors passing through including motels, hotels, caravan parks and holiday villages tempting travellers to stay a night. Often after having stopped at one of the region’s highway accommodation facilities and experiencing the
hospitality of locals, tourists will decide to venture off the highway and experience more of the region. Heron and Wilson Islands are the jewels in the crown of the Gladstone Region, within an extensive complex of reef. Delaware North Australia Parks and Resorts currently operate resorts from the islands, although Wilson is far more exclusive, with only 12 guests on the island at one time and children are not permitted. The islands are known worldwide for their quality diving, snorkelling, reef walking and nature walks. There are no day trips to the islands, making the experience more exclusive. You will truly feel like Robinson Crusoe as you stroll along the white sand beaches. If you want to go that bit further and stay somewhere just that little bit different, the region is home to 14 national parks, with many offering campsites. This includes Lady Musgrave Island in the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The region’s national parks offer a variety of landscapes, reef islands, islands, bush land, estuaries and beachfronts. Camping permits are required for many places in the region. For camping permits and information on Facing Island or South End (Curtis Island) contact the Visitor Information Centre on 07 4972 9000. For all other permits and to enquire about the facilities contact The Environmental Protection Agency: www.epa.qld.gov.au/parks. A full list of accommodation options is available from one of the Gladstone Region Visitor Information Centres, alternatively you can visit www.gladstoneregion.info.
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Dining The regional delicacy may be the Gladstone mud crab; however that is not the only thing on the menu in the Gladstone Region and Banana Shire.
ome to Queensland’s best seafood and some of the best prime beef, the Gladstone Region is a gourmet’s paradise. With the Southern Great Barrier Reef sitting off our coastline, the selection of local reef fish, huge prawns, succulent scallops, bugs, oysters and freshwater crayfish from our magnificent lakes, along with Central Queensland beef, provide diners with an array of flavours which will surely please the taste buds. The region has great steakhouses, top class restaurants and taverns, quaint cafés and top
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fish and chip shops, offering local produce prepared by local chefs. Local mouth-watering seafood and Central Queensland beef take priority on the menus. Spend a lazy Sunday at one of the local markets, shopping for delicacies of fresh mangoes, honey or olives or visit the local Seafood Market and indulge in a seafood banquet. The region’s climate has also created excellent wine making conditions at the Gecko Valley Winery. Stopover for lunch and enjoy a fantastic meal and most importantly a great drop, at the onsite café.
Did you know? The Gladstone Region delicacies are fresh mud crab and Gladstone prawns!
Shopping and Entertainment
Avid shoppers will be impressed with the wide range of retail options on offer throughout the Gladstone Region and Banana Shire. From shopping complexes, small downtown boutiques and markets, finding that ideal piece of clothing, pair of shoes or souvenirs to suit all budgets, is a breeze.
he region is home to many shopping complexes boasting major chain and specialty stores. These precincts can be found throughout Gladstone City, Calliope, Biloela, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. These centres house many of the major retailers, as well as hairdressing salons, clothing boutiques, specialty stores and a selection of eateries. The region’s cinemas can be found at Gladstone Central shopping precinct. The cinema complex includes six big screens and a luxury Gold Room, the only cinema room of its type in Central Queensland. The Gladstone City Heart, Goondoon Street, is located in the Central Business District and is an open retail and commerce space. Library Square is the perfect place to enjoy a coffee or a glass of wine and take in the views of the Gladstone waterfront down Goondoon Street. The streets are lined with small boutiques begging to be explored. As the sun sets, Gladstone truly comes alive. There are a number of nightspots and entertainment venues that will appeal to everyone. Why not visit the Library Square on a Friday or Saturday night for free live entertainment.
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Many of the region’s sports and social clubs offer patrons a range of musical acts and gaming options in a relaxed social atmosphere. Those who like to dance the night away will enjoy the region’s night clubs and pubs, which provide a range of live entertainment and DJs. For an auditorium experience, head to the Gladstone Entertainment Centre, the perfect place to see performances by local and visiting artists, stage shows and concerts in comfort. Visit the ‘What’s On’ section of the Gladstone Region website (www.gladstoneregion.info) for a list of upcoming events and shows.
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Attractions and Tours From the Giants of Industry to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and all in between, the Gladstone Region has something to offer any resident or visitor.
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et to know the inner workings of one or more of Gladstone’s major industries with a Free Industry Tour or Harbour Cruise. Learn about the alumina refining process, see the LNG development on Curtis Island or discover the Port of Gladstone, one of the world’s top five coal export ports. Join the free Tondoon Botanic Gardens and City Sights Tour stopping for a view of the Gladstone Harbour and a guided tour of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens. Your guided tour will show you the balance of industry and nature that thrives across 170 hectares of conservation land. Be sure to check the availability and make bookings for these tours at the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre.
Did you know? The Gladstone Region is home to the only Free Industry Tours in Australia.
Visit the Gecko Valley Winery next to Tondoon Botanic Gardens and taste some of Central Queensland’s superb local wines. Enjoy their succulent cuisine while overlooking the vineyards. Whilst in the region experience the Gladstone Harbour with a two hour leisure cruise. ‘Coffee Cruise’ commentary provides insightful information about the history, as well as the current features and potential future of the Gladstone Harbour and surrounds. Morning tea is provided. Check costs and make bookings at the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre. On Gladstone’s main street you will come across the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum. Built in 1934 the building now acts as a focal point for the
preservation and display of the region’s history and cultural heritage. Gladstone’s Maritime Museum also hosts an extensive collection of the region’s maritime history. This extensive collection dates back as far as prior to Captain Cook up to modern times. Approximately 30 kilometres south of Gladstone is Lake Awoonga, Gladstone’s water source and a popular recreation area for locals and keen fishermen. Lake Awoonga can hold at maximum capacity 777,000 mega litres and is regularly stocked with barramundi and mangrove Jack fingerlings. Breathe in the fresh country air and the natural surroundings of the Cedar Galleries Artist Village,
seven kilometres south of Calliope on the Bruce Highway. Try a meal at the gallery café, taste the wine at the cellar door, be amazed by the Cameron Chapel or just take in the beauty of the surrounds and the local art pieces. Had enough of the main land? Get soaring over the Gladstone Region by chartering a helicopter service for a scenic flight over the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Or get out on the water and experience the sea breeze on the reef with one of the many charter and day trip operators in Seventeen Seventy. Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are located an hour and a half south of Gladstone that boasts the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s most northern surf beach. With many activities available in this area, why not get out on the water and try out the lessons available in surfing, paddle boarding and kite surfing, or try a kayak tour. Get your sea legs on an amphibious vessel, which is equally at home on land or sea, with a LARC (Light Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessel) tour. Originally for military use, these vessels now provide tourists and locals with a spectacular day trip up to the historical Bustard Head, home of Queensland’s first Lighthouse. Day trippers will experience sand-boarding and can expect to learn about the wildlife and history of Bustard Bay with informative commentary including a tour through the light keeper’s cottage and the graveyard. Got a yearning to get out into the open water? Book yourself on a day trip to Lady Musgrave
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Island and enjoy the experience of an island of the Great Barrier Reef. The island is set on 3000 acres of living reef with a deepwater coral lagoon which is unique to the entire Great Barrier Reef Region. Visitors to Lady Musgrave Island can be led on a guided nature walk, enjoy snorkelling in the protected warm waters of the large, calm reef lagoon, dine on a tropical lunch and feed the reef fish. For a closer encounter, join a scuba diving expedition and slip into a wetsuit and dive some of Australia’s top underwater wrecks and get amongst the reef fish including cod and trevally. Or why not try your luck and join a fishing charter and go after the catch of a lifetime. Game fishing on the outer reef is very popular with charters catering from groups of 6 to groups of 10 for day trips to extended live aboard adventures.
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Reef, Islands and Beaches The Gladstone Region lays claim to being the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The Southern Great Barrier Reef is home to what is considered to be one of the top dive and snorkelling sites in the world, dotted with impressive coral cays and reefs that are only a stone’s throw away from the coast. This internationally renowned part of the Great Barrier Reef is famous for its untouched, colourful and varied reef ecosystems. These marine environments are truly special and will leave you speechless.
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ocated 72 and 80 kilometres northeast of Gladstone respectively, are the magnificent Heron and Wilson Islands, known for their world-class snorkelling and diving attractions which put you face to face with the reef’s wonderful marine life. The islands, accessible from Gladstone, are fringed with white sand and aqua waters and are enough to leave you captivated. Jump into your snorkelling gear and just metres off the beach let the blanket of colour surround you. Discover the world of graceful turtles, multi-coloured reef fish, stingrays and prehistoric corals, as well as the brilliant marine species including starfish, sea cucumbers, giant clams, corals and small fish on a guided reef walk at low tide. Between October and March, witness the priceless display of green turtles laying their eggs and the squeaks of the hatchlings scurrying into the sea. If the marvels of the reef become too much, retreat into your own private sanctuary at Heron Island’s lavish day spa and let your body absorb the therapeutic qualities of the Southern Great Barrier Reef or enjoy a sumptuous feast at the Longhouse on Wilson Island and be joined by only 11 other guests. Both Heron and Wilson Islands are 5-star resorts that not only form the basis for the perfect ecological holiday, but are also the home of indulgence and relaxation for the mind, body and soul.
Did you know? The Gladstone Region is home to Australia’s most northern surf beach and is the southern access to the Great Barrier Reef.
The catamaran launch to Heron Island departs the Gladstone Marina daily. For those looking for a scenic experience, try a helicopter flight to Heron Island from the Gladstone Airport. Get a bird’s eye view of the uninhabited islands of lush green vegetation and clean white beaches, and be amazed by the awe-inspiring view of the reef for a memory that will last forever. Wilson Island is accessible by boat transfer from Heron Island. The township of Seventeen Seventy is the closest mainland access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Day trips depart daily from the Seventeen Seventy Marina to the pristine waters of Lady Musgrave Island. The island is set on 3,000 acres of living reef with a deepwater coral lagoon which is unique to the entire Great Barrier Reef Region. Visitors to Lady Musgrave Island can be led on a guided tour of the island, learning about the unique Pisonia forest and the multitude of seabirds that nest from October to March. Enjoy the protected warm waters of the large, calm reef lagoon and experience some of the most magnificent snorkelling or diving that the world has to offer. A well catered lunch is included and optional fishing or diving are available. Take a drive south from Agnes Water to Bundaberg to access the beautiful Lady Elliot Island, a true island paradise and an excellent snorkelling spot.
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For those seeking a more heart pounding adventure, a dive trip to the outer reef wall or snorkelling the outer lying areas of the world renowned Capricorn Bunker Group of islands is a must. Dive operators cater for all levels of experience. See the beautiful Fitzroy Reef Lagoon or discover one of the many reefs such as Hoskyn or Fairfax. Be mesmerised by the beautiful complexity of the 5,000 year old coral reefs – said to be some of the best on the Great Barrier Reef. Alternatively, try a personalised reef fishing tour and pluck a feast straight from the ocean, or have your own Robinson Crusoe experience at Masthead and North West Islands, two coral cays situated approximately 60 kilometres and 75 kilometres respectively from Gladstone. Not looking to get out to the reef but still want to enjoy the ocean? The Gladstone Region is home to many beaches including Queensland’s most northern surf beach, Agnes Water Beach. Alternatively enjoy the newly upgraded Seventeen Seventy foreshore picnic and barbeque facilities and relax within the sheltered bay. Engage in some beach cricket as you relish in the salty air breezes and facilities at Tannum Sands Main Beach and Esplanade or Barney Point Beach.
Heron island is a true coral cay, located right on the Great Barrier reef. The island is ribboned by
white sands, crystal clear waters and acres of coral with beautifully coloured marine life – a real nature lover’s paradise. Activities include: exploring more than 20 different dive sites snorkelling off the beach guided island and reef walks beach picnics Aqua Soul Spa Junior Rangers kids program
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LADY ELLIOT ISLAND ECO RESORT “situated right on the Great Barrier reef and Home of the manta ray”
Lady Elliot is a true coral cay island located at the southern tip of the Great Barrier Reef, 80klms north east of Bundaberg (north of Fraser Island). The island is regarded as one of the best diving and snorkelling locations on the Great Barrier Reef and is famous for its unspoilt coral reef and amazing array of spectacular marine life. Situated in a tidal lagoon and surrounded by a vast reef of living coral, the island is a rainbow of colours, from the surrounding turquoise and azure waters to the stunning white coral beaches and lush green vegetation.
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Boating and Fishing The Gladstone Region and Banana Shire truly is a fisherman’s paradise. Whether it’s the thrill of reef fishing, the simple pleasure of casting a line from a jetty or beach, the soothing feeling of a relaxing estuary, river or lake fishing experience; all are possible within this picturesque region.
ring your own boat or use the expertise and knowledge of local charter boat companies and explore the relative calm confines of Curtis and Facing Islands to the 20 or more reefs and islands of the Capricorn and Bunker Groups. Either way you can almost guarantee you’ll hook up on at least one of the many species of reef fish the Gladstone Region has to offer, including coral trout, red emperor and sweetlip to name just a few. The Gladstone Region’s sheltered rivers and estuaries are also a great place to wet a line. Here you can snag yourself a nice bream, salmon, whiting, cod or flathead. Or perhaps you would prefer to catch yourself one of the true delicacies of the region, the mouth-watering mud crab. Popular fishing estuaries include the Calliope and Boyne Rivers, the Narrows, Baffle Creek, Dawson River and Turkey Beach. If you are looking to land the world famous and elusive barramundi, then be sure to visit Lake Awoonga. Lake Awoonga is not the only impound freshwater fishing location within the region. Lake Callide, outside Biloela, is fast emerging as Queensland’s top inland fishing spot. Sleepy cod, yellow-belly and bass are just some of the varieties that can be caught in this freshwater fishing lake. For yet another option try the mighty Dawson River with saratoga being a popular catch.
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Did you know? The Gladstone Region has one of the highest boat ownerships per capita in Queensland. The biggest barra caught at Lake Awoonga was 36.5kg.
National Parks The soft sound of a babbling creek that floats through the lush rainforest can rejuvenate the soul. An intimate encounter with a tiny turtle hatchling scurrying into the ocean will leave you amazed and privileged to be part of such an enthralling experience.
National Park. Beginner and intermediate bushwalkers can walk the stimulating network of tracks and visit Dripping Rock or inspect the historical Shamrock goldmine site. The longest track at a 5.6 kilometre loop takes visitors to the Giant’s Chair lookout. Utilise the picnic areas or savour the wonders and stay a night at one of the Cania Gorge caravan and camping parks.
Capricorn Cays National Park
Made up of eight islands and sixteen reefs and coral cays is the Capricorn Cays National Park. Found at the southern end of the World Heritagelisted Great Barrier Reef, their biological diversity and exceptional beauty make them internationally significant. While some of the cays and reefs have seasonal closures and others are closed to the public, you can camp overnight (camping permits required, book in advance) on Masthead Island, North West Island or Lady Musgrave Island. Alternatively, enjoy luxury service at Heron Island and Wilson Island.
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Caravan or trailer sites
Harder or longer walks
Key to symbols Campfires prohibited Forest drive Information centre on site Natural lookouts Open fireplace
Water on tap 4WD access Camping Camping prohibited Car camping Easy, short walks
Broadwater Conservation Park Situated between Baffle and Deepwater Creeks, Broadwater offers a relaxing coastal retreat for self-sufficient campers. Walk along the deserted beach between June and October and you may witness migrating whales breaching out at sea. Bring water and a fuel stove; no facilities are provided and generators are not allowed.
The long, attractive coastline of remote beaches and rugged headlands of Curtis Island forms part of the natural protection of the Port of Gladstone. The north-eastern end of Curtis Island is national park where a variety of vegetation types can be found and explored. Alternatively, marvel at the incredible views from the eastern coastline of beaches and headlands overlooking the Coral Sea. Camp at Curtis Island’s ‘South End’, contact the Information Centre for a permit.
Deepwater National Park
Cania Gorge National Park Towering ochre-coloured sandstone cliffs, unexplored caves, imposing gorges and sheltered slopes teeming with natural wonders create the striking landscape of Cania Gorge
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The captivating scenery of freshwater wetlands, high sand dunes and open forest will entice you to begin an adventure through Deepwater National Park. Throw a line in the peaceful surrounds of Deepwater Creek or walk along unpatrolled, vehicle-free beaches. Find rare birds
in their natural habitat and witness marine turtles hatching between January and April. Explore the rock pools at Wreck Rock and picnic or camp at the shady campsite behind the dunes. For a true bush experience, pitch a tent at Middle Rock – camping permits are essential and a 4WD is recommended.
Eurimbula National Park
Eurimbula’s sandy beaches, paperbark swamps, eucalypt forest, mangroves and rainforest areas provide many opportunities for visitors to get back to nature. Try beach fishing or at high tide, explore the untouched estuaries by boat or canoe. Camp by the ocean at Bustard Beach or Middle Creek campsites, both campgrounds are equipped with composting toilets and Bustard Beach also has sheltered and picnic facilities. Limited water, camping requires a permit and a 4WD is required.
Isla Gorge National Park
Wind and rain over thousands of years have created a beautifully sculpted maze of gorges and sandstone cliffs at Isla Gorge National Park. The stunning scenery is filled with bottle trees, dry rainforests, rare plants and striking rock formations that change colour with the passing sun. Examine the interesting rock engravings and stencils of the Aboriginal Dreamtime. Find rare rock wallabies lazing in the afternoon sun or drive to Flagstaff Hill to see the historic remains of bullock droving. Then stay the night, kick back and enjoy the tranquil surroundings around the campfire.
Joseph Banks Conservation Park
The imposing rocky headland greeted Lieutenant James Cook and botanist Joseph Banks when
they came ashore in 1770. Little has changed in the hundreds of years since the first European landed on its pristine shores with pure blue ocean to the east and undisturbed estuarine waters to the west. Walk 205 metres to Round Hill Lookout and get a glimpse of the dolphins and turtles playing in the pristine waters below, or whitebellied sea eagles in the sky above. Camping is not permitted within the park.
Mount Scoria Conservation Park Millions of years ago, molten lava spewed from a volcano, but didn’t create a lava flow. Instead, the crater clogged and lava cooled to create unusual columns of scoria rock that attracts people to Mount Scoria every year. When these columns are struck, it creates a sound that reverberates up the entire mountain. While a treat for the musically inclined, the park is also ideal for resting and taking in nature.
Mouth of Baffle Creek Conservation Park Experience the quiet solitude of one of Queensland’s few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. Marking the southern boundary of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, this restful coastal estuary is teeming with wildlife, making it the ultimate escape for camping and bushwalking. Drop a line and land a mighty fish or take a walk along the beachfront for some bird watching. Camping is permitted behind the dunes, on the beachfront or overlooking the estuary.
Wild Cattle Island National Park Wild Cattle Island National Park is an undeveloped sandy island at Tannum Sands, situated at the southern end of the main beach. Visitors can access the island by boat via Wild Cattle Creek. This is a great day trip and features coastal dune vegetation with mangroves on the inland waterway that is excellent for fishing and boating. Bush camping is also allowed.
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Kroombit Tops National Park Great 4WD Trail Featuring both wet and dry rainforest, the mighty sandstone cliffs, grand gorges, gentle creeks and waterfalls make up the stunning backdrop of Kroombit Tops. Drive the 4WD loop and walk 700 metres (return) to the World War II’s B-54 Liberator bomber ‘Beautiful Betsy’ that lay undiscovered in the wild bushland for more than 50 years. Camp overnight at one of the various self-sufficient campsites or experience the comforts of a nearby outback farmstay. Thirteen kilometres self-guided drive to the lookout suitable for conventional vehicle; 4WD is required for other roads. Roads are not sealed and become impassable in wet weather. For more information on getting there download the e-brochure for the Kroombit Tops 4WD Touring Guide from www.gladstoneregion.info/getting-hereand-exploring/self-drive-tours
For further information on the natural wonders and experiences throughout the Gladstone Region pick up a Queensland Parks and Forests Guide or National Parks Guide from our Visitor Information Centres.
Great Walking Trails and Recreational Areas
Tondoon Botanic Gardens – Gladstone:
The Gladstone Region provides an abundance of outdoor recreation walking trails and fitness facilities for all fitness levels, some of which include the Gladstone Marina Parklands, Reg Tanna Park at the Duck Ponds and Fitness Trail as well as the Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
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Did you know? Mount Scoria was formed by volcanic activity 20--26 million years ago.
Take yourself on a self-guided tour of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, which is home to a vast array of the region’s native flora and fauna, spread across 170 hectares of land. Be captivated by the Japanese Gardens or the sights from the viewing deck. Gather for a barbeque lunch or treat yourself to a gourmet meal at the café. Between March and November, you can quench your thirst for knowledge with a weekly guided tour of the Gardens and its inhabitants. Lions Park walking track makes for a low-impact stroll along the banks of Police Creek and behind the shopping centres. Enjoy the myriad of birdlife and see hundreds of turtles swim to the surface as you pass the ponds.
Reg Tanna Park – Duck Ponds Gladstone: This recreation area features barbeques, lake-side walking tracks as well as a children’s playground. A fountain and waterfall complete the picturesque setting. Numerous ducks and turtles call this pond home, so be sure to take your camera as well as a picnic lunch as the photographic opportunities are endless.
TurtleWay – Boyne Island and Tannum Sands: Head down to Boyne Island/Tannum Sands and work your way along the 18 kilometre trail. The unique trail links most of the major parks and recreational areas, including Millennium Esplanade, Canoe Point, Bray Park and the Boyne River as well as linking shopping precincts and community facilities.
Round Gladstone Trail – Gladstone: The Round Gladstone Trail consists of a number of self-guided trails which carve their way along the banks of Police Creek and the bushland of Gladstone & Tondoon Botanic Gardens. With over 20 kilometres of trail to walk, mountain bike, jog or even ride your horse, you will at times find yourself along the upper reaches of Police Creek, admiring the occasional uninterrupted views of Port Curtis and the surrounding islands. Due to the pristine nature of the Round Gladstone Trail, motorised vehicle use is not permitted. The Round Gladstone Trail is clearly marked with
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signs featuring the trail logo. Each section of the trail has a unique number which is shown below the trail marker or engraved on a wooden post. The trail numbers indicate which section of the Round Gladstone Trail you are currently exploring.
Gladstone City Family Fun & Fitness area: Go get your blood pumping and tackle a self-paced workout at the Gladstone City Family Fun & Fitness area. This brand new facility has everything you need to trim down, tone up and get fit and healthy.
Gladstone Marina Parklands and Spinnaker Park: For those who wish to mix fitness with pleasure, bring them both together at the Port of Gladstone’s Marina and Parklands. Take a stroll along the boardwalks, throw the frisbee around or simply kick back while the kids let their imagination run wild in the ‘Pirate Ship’ playground. At Spinnaker Park enjoy the beached cove, native wetlands and ponds and 2.5 kilometres of walking tracks. You may even
witness the resident dolphin pod, playing in the waters off the Spinnaker Park point. Get active by walking one of the landscaped walking trails, participate in a game of beach volleyball or jump in the water for a swim, sail, canoe or ski. Lake Awoonga has FREE sheltered barbeque facilities located throughout the recreation area. Domestic animals are not permitted.
light eucalypt forest and grass trees. It is a challenging walk, and best climbed in the cooler months, with an early start to capture the best views. Subject to fitness, you should generally allow about five hours – at least two for the climb, an hour at the top and up to two hours for descent. Commence your descent well before dark. The walk and climb is steep in places and is not recommended for younger children. There are no toilet facilities. It is advisable to check the weather as the peak can be shrouded in cloud.
For that extra challenge, try testing your limits by climbing the steep slopes of Mt Larcom. Situated approximately 40 kilometres from the Gladstone CBD, this picturesque landmark is what first drew Lieutenant Matthew Flinders into our harbour in 1802. The challenging 658 metre hike is well worth the uninterrupted 360-degree view from the top. The prominent landmark provides a good view of rural lands and the harbour. On a clear day, you will see reef islands to the east and Rockhampton northwards. Mt Larcom is of volcanic origin, and your walk takes you through
If you’re into skateboards, check out the local skate parks; Gladstone Memorial Park, Bray Park Boyne Island, Bunting Park Calliope, Yarwun Recreation Grounds and Captain Cook Lions Park Agnes Water. These skate parks cater for all levels of fitness and age. Most are shaded and provide picnic areas close by.
Dog Parks: Never fear, man’s best friend is not forgotten here. Webb Park at Palm Drive Gladstone is a dedicated off-leash dog exercise park, which
also incorporates obedience facilities. There are many other ‘off-leash’ areas in the region, including some parks and beaches. The Gladstone Regional Council understands and recognises that there should be some areas within urban townships where dogs should be allowed to exercise and run off the leash away from its usual place of residence and it is for this reason that many areas have been designated where this can happen. However, please note that you must ensure your dog is kept under effective control at all times. For a full list of on and off-leash areas, please see the Gladstone Regional Council website.
The Discovery Coast: Get away from it all, pack a picnic and head to the tranquil surrounds of Baffle Creek, at the Flat Rock Picnic Area. Use your 4WD to travel to Deepwater National Park and picnic at Wreck Rock or get to Eurimbula National Park and test out the facilities at Bustard Beach or Middle Creek. Alternatively you can lay the picnic rug out at Springs Recreation Reserve or Tom Jeffery Memorial Park, both boasting direct access to the Agnes Water beach. These are just a couple of options that The Discovery Coast provides. Choices are endless. Call into the local Visitor Centres at either Miriam Vale or Agnes Water for more information.
Kroombit Tops: Looking for the outback experience and real bush walking? Eighty-five kilometres southwest of Gladstone, Kroombit Tops National Park is the place to be. Equip yourself with everything necessary for the bush and try the variety of walking and hiking tracks, ranging from easy loop tracks to a 13 kilometre hike requiring drop off and pick up at each end. Standing above surrounding farmlands, the sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls of Kroombit Tops provide a cool retreat. Explore intriguing natural and cultural wonders hidden among a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests, and scrublands. Be sure to enjoy the spectacular views across the Boyne Valley from the lookout. For more information on getting there download the e-brochure for the Kroombit Tops 4WD Touring Guide from www.gladstoneregion.info/ getting-here-and-exploring/self-drive-tours.
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Mount Scoria: Located just behind the township of Thangool, Mt Scoria is recognised for its amazing rare rock formations, the only mountain of its type in the southern hemisphere. Mt Scoria means ‘Place of Fused Metals’. This amazing, rare rock formation, 150 metres high was once the core of a volcano. Long six-sided basalt columns on the top of the mountain project outwards like fingers. They sound musical notes when struck by another rock. This small attractive park, with picnic, barbeque and toilet facilities, provides an ideal setting to rest and take in nature. Walking trails around the mountain will satisfy the need to stretch your legs, however, climbing the mountain is not recommended. The area has been set aside as conservation reserve and listed by the Australian Heritage Commission in order to protect Mt Scoria’s unusual landscape and to preserve the natural and scientific value of its landform and vegetation for future generations.
Lake Callide: Relax and unwind as you watch the sunrise at Callide Dam and hope to see flocks of white cockatoos take flight. Or snag yourself a sleepy cod, barra or yellow-belly at this reputable inland fishing spot. For something different take a stroll on one of the many walking tracks or make use of the facilities at Lions Park.
Theodore: On the edge of town you will find the Dawson River and the Theodore weir, always full of water and a lovely picnic spot. Close by (500 metres from Theodore) is Malakoff Road which follows the Malakoff Range. There are panoramic views of distant ranges and fertile cotton farms. When you return onto the Leichhardt Highway to go back into Theodore you will cross the Lonesome Creek Bridge where water lilies are usually in abundance. It is highly recommended to check via the Gladstone Regional Council website www.gladstoneerc.qld.gov.au or the Banana Shire Council website www.banana.qld.gov.au for any closures of trails due to maintenance or flooding. Walking and cycling trail maps are available from your Visitor Information Centre.
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Discover the Engine Room of Industry
The Gladstone Region is synonymous with industrial growth. From the 1960s the region has been recognised as an industrial hub and Australia’s economic powerhouse, due in no small part to Gladstone’s world-class port, availability of services, transport systems, raw materials and the amount of current and potential industrial investment.
Future growth at the port will be centred on the Western Basin development, which will have a capacity to move 150 to 200 mega tonne (MT) of product annually. This development includes Wiggins Island, Fisherman’s Landing, Friend and Laird Points, North China Bay, Hamilton Point and Boatshed Point.
he Gladstone Port is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, and is the world’s fifth largest coal export port and the fourth largest port in Australia. The Port of Gladstone is a convenient point for the worldwide distribution of the wealth of Central Queensland, in addition to moving over 30% of the state’s exports and close to 10% of the nation’s exports. Over 30 products pass through Queensland Ports Corporation Limited’s (GPCL) facilities annually with exports to over 30 countries.
Queensland Alumina Limited (QAL) is recognised as one of the world’s largest alumina refineries. The production of alumina, a white powder, is the intermediate stage between mining the ore of bauxite and producing the metal, aluminium. QAL commenced operations in 1967 with an original design capacity of 610,000 tonnes per year. Having undergone several expansions and process improvements, QAL now produces more
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than 3.95 million tonnes of alumina each year, accounting for around 5% of the western world’s alumina production. QAL’s production equates to over $300 million of Australia’s annual export earnings and the plant also contributes over $400 million per year to the local economy. Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun (RTAY) is situated in the Yarwun area, 10 kilometres northwest of Gladstone. It is the first greenfield refinery to be constructed in Australia for over two decades. RTAY represents Rio Tinto Alcan’s first 100% owned and operated alumina refinery. This world-class refinery incorporates leading edge technology and environmental design features. During design, construction and operational phases of the $4 billion refinery, Rio
Tinto Alcan maintained its target to prevent all incidents and injuries and to ensure minimal environmental impact. Boyne Smelters Ltd (BSL) is Australia’s largest aluminium smelter and produces more than 558,000 tonnes of aluminium per annum. The company underwent a $1 billion expansion in 1997 introducing a third reduction line which increased aluminium production from 260,000 to more than 558,000 tonnes per annum. Cement Australia Gladstone is the largest cement plant in Australia and utilises state of the art technology. The plant is Australia’s most efficient and is the leading environmental performer in the industry, paving the way for lucrative business opportunities in the Asia Pacific area.
Cement Australia Gladstone has a production capacity of over 1.6 million tonnes per annum and processes limestone, clay, silica sand and copper slag to produce and supply cement and clinker throughout Australia and overseas destinations, as well as cement in bulk or in bags. Orica Australia operates a 9,000 tonnes a year chlor-alkali plant, a 590,000 tonnes a year technical grade ammonium nitrate plant as well as an 80,000 tonnes a year sodium cyanide plant. The complex is located on the Yarwun Industrial Estate, 10 kilometres from Gladstone’s city centre. The site currently produces sodium cyanide, ammonium nitrate, caustic soda, chlorine, nitric acid, hydrochloric acid and sodium hypochlorite. NRG Gladstone Power Station is Queensland’s largest with a generating capacity of 1,680 megawatts. The station uses around four million tonnes of coal each year being railed from coalfields in Central Queensland. Completing construction in 1982, the station was sited to take advantage of seawater for cooling and to be near to Central Queensland’s vast coal reserves. The Gladstone Area Water Board owns and operates Awoonga Dam on the Boyne River, which supplies raw and treated water to industrial customers and the Local Government of Gladstone Regional Council by pipeline from Lake Awoonga. As part of meeting the future water needs of proposed industry and residential developments, the dam wall was increased from 30 metres to a height of 40 metres. This has increased the storage capacity from 283,000 to 777,000 megalitres. Queensland Energy Resources (QER) is an integrated resources company with several large oil shale deposits in Queensland. At its New Fuels Development Centre in Yarwun, approximately 15 kilometres north of Gladstone, QER has a small open-cut oil shale mine and a recently-constructed small-scale technology demonstration plant to showcase the reliability and performance of Paraho II™ technology to the community and stakeholders. Established in the early 1960s, Dawson Mine is one of the oldest mines in production in Central Queensland and is operated by Anglo American
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Metallurgical Coal Pty Ltd, a member of the Anglo American plc Group (Anglo American). The Dawson Mine’s expansion project was launched in 2005 and merged three adjacent coal mining areas to increase production. Anglo Coal Australia Callide Mine, located adjacent to the diverse community of Biloela, is a leading Queensland domestic coal producer providing low sulphur, sub bituminous thermal coal primarily for domestic power generation. The mine produces approximately 9.5 million tonnes of saleable coal per year. Cockatoo Coal’s Baralaba Mine began production in 2006 and produces about 500,000 tonnes of thermal coal annually with PCI properties that is exported internationally through the Port of Gladstone. Queensland Nitrates Pty Ltd commenced operations in January 2001, developing a fully integrated ammonium nitrate plant near Moura. It produces 185,000 tonnes of explosive grade ammonium nitrate for use in the production of explosives for the mining industry. The Cracow Mining Joint Venture (CMJV) is a partnership between Newcrest Mining Limited and Catalpa Resources Limited. The Cracow Gold Mine is located 150 kilometres southwest of Biloela. The first gold was produced in late 2004 and the mine is now producing approximately 100,000 ounces of gold per year. It is an underground mine with a single decline entry. Cracow Mine employs around 230 people including contractors. The Joint Venture continues to invest in further exploration in the area. CS Energy owns and operates the Callide Power Station which generates 1,720 megawatts (MW) of electricity to assist regional industry as well as the national electricity grid. The Callide Power Station generates electricity using black coal-fired, steam driven turbines. Such operation requires six million tonnes of coal and 24,000 megalitres of water per year. The power station is also home to the Callide Oxyfuel Project, a world-first demonstration of how we can adapt our existing coal-fired power stations to produce almost zero emission electricity.
The Gladstone Region’s economic future has been further cemented with construction of three LNG Plants on Curtis Island including Gladstone LNG (Santos Petronus), Queensland Curtis LNG (BG Group) and Australia Pacific LNG (Origin Energy, ConocoPhillips). Arrow Energy have a fourth proposed LNG Plant under planning. Coal seam gas from the Bowen and Surat Basins will be transported via underground pipeline to the natural gas liquefaction plant on Curtis Island. The gas will then be converted to liquefied natural gas for export. The LNG Industry will inject billions of dollars into regional communities and create thousands of jobs.
Free Industry Tours Visitors and locals alike can explore the inner workings of some of the region’s most impressive industries with award winning, free guided tours. Wind through the maze of roaring machinery to understand how bauxite is made into alumina at the world’s largest alumina refinery. Discover how coal is blended like coffee at one of Australia’s major ports. Jump on board for a free construction cruise to gain a greater understanding of the devlopment of the LNGs on Curtis Island. Tours are scheduled weekdays and bookings can be made at the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre and take between one and three hours.
THE GLNG PROJECT
the GLnG Project is a pioneering venture to convert coal seam gas (CsG) to liquified natural gas (LnG) for export to global markets. It represents a major investment in a cleaner energy source for the future. The Project involves the development of the GLNG gas fields in the Bowen and Surat Basins, the construction of a 420km underground gas transmission pipeline from Roma to Gladstone, and a two-train LNG processing facility on Curtis Island at Gladstone. The Project is a joint venture between Santos and three of the world’s largest energy companies; PETRONAS, Total, and KOGAS.
07 4978 8419 1800 761 113 email@example.com www.santosglng.com Gladstone Shopfront 114 Goondoon Street, Gladstone QLD 4680
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Industry Tours Explore the inner workings of one of the world’s large largest alumina refi fineries, i Q Queensland l d Al Alumina i Li Limited it d (QAL) and d Australia’s largest aluminium smelter, Boyne Smelters Limited (BSL).
Tours of QAL operate every Friday from April – November (excluding public holidays). The QAL Tour is followed by a tour of Boyne Smelters every second week.
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Bookings are essential as seats are limited. For further information and bookings, contact 4972 9000 www.gladstoneregion.info
Discover the Gladstone Region Major Festivals and Events The Gladstone and Banana Shire regions play host to many festivals and events throughout the year. From the Harbour Festival to the excitement of rodeos, the regions have an event to offer that will please all walks of life.
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ee pages 64–65 for a full calendar of events including markets and local entertainment, visit www.gladstoneregion.info or contact one of the Regional Visitor Information Centres. In February, the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival brings twin towns, Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water to life with a jam packed two days of internationally acclaimed music artists. This is definitely an event to mark on your calendar! The surfing mecca of Agnes Water begins in March with the Australian Pro Surfers Longboard Classic – witness longboard surfing at its best. March also brings GAPDL’s annual Gladstone Region Futures Summit. Join key members of business, community, rural, government, tourism and industry sectors and interact with high profile informative speakers presenting plans for the future our our region. Queensland’s premier Easter extravaganza, the Gladstone Harbour Festival, is held in the lead up to and during Easter every year. The Gladstone Marina acts as a striking backdrop for this seaside celebration filled with fun, entertainment and
Did you know? 2013 celebrates the 65th year of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
fireworks. The Harbour Festival coincides with the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
Take a walk down memory lane with the many displays and collections on offer.
Moura area plays host to the Moura Muddy Water Classic. This two day, action-packed fishing festival is full of fun with prizes and giveaways up for grabs.
In August the Gladstone Show is sure to attract the crowds. The annual show provides fun and entertainment for the entire family, with rides, side show alley, local arts and crafts, nightly entertainment and a fireworks show.
Fishing fanatics should watch out for the Boyne-Tannum Hookup which has become known as one of Queensland’s finest fishing events. Enjoy a slice of history in May at the Captain Cook 1770 Commemorative Festival and witness the re-enactment of the first landing of Lieutenant James Cook in Queensland on 24 May 1770. Check out one of the last traditional country shows on the circuit at the Mt Larcom Show in June. Spanning two days the entertainment, animal shows, markets, championship dog show and wood chopping competition will give you a new found appreciation of country life. The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club celebrates our nation’s glorious past, heritage and the pioneering spirit of Australia at the annual Old Wheels In Motion event, held in July.
The Moura Coal and Country Festival will light up the area of Moura in August. The weeklong event culminates in a festival to be held in August. Fitness fanatics will love the annual Botanic to Bridge, hosted by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, that occurs in August. Race against your mates in a friendly competition or take a more serious approach and win some brilliant prizes on offer!
Event Assistance Looking to hold an event? The Gladstone Region has a variety of locations for hosting events of many sizes. If you require assistance with organising your special event, conference or seminar, GAPDL can provide valuable advice and support. Contact GAPDL on 07 4972 4000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gladstone Annual Festivals and Events JANUARY Sunfest Various locations Gladstone Festivals & Events (07) 4972 5111
FEBRUARY Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival Agnes Water SES Grounds Gladstone Entertainment Centre (07) 4972 2822
Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race Gladstone Harbour Easter Long Weekend QAL Jazz and Shiraz Marina Parklands Easter Sunday (07) 4972 5111 Muddy Water Classic Family Fishing Competition Moura www.dawsonrivertowns.com.au
MAY MARCH Longboard Classic Agnes Water Grom - Reef 2 Beach Surfschool 0402 328 515
The Observer Boyne Tannum Hook Up Bray Park Boyne Island www.boynetannumhookup. com.au
Walz Group Motor Show Calliope Historical Village Gladstone Auto Club www.gladstoneautoclub.com
Captain Cook 1770 Festival Seventeen Seventy Foreshore www.1770festival.com.au
GAPDL Gladstone Region Futures Summit Gladstone Entertainment Centre GAPDL (07) 4972 4000
Callide Valley Show Biloela Callide Valley Agricultural & Pastoral Society (07) 4992 2688
APRIL Gladstone Harbour Festival Marina Parklands Gladstone Festivals & Events (07) 4972 5111
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Music in the Mountains Harmony Farm Ubobo (07) 4974 1267
JUNE Miriam Vale Rodeo Miriam Vale Showgrounds Miriam Vale Rodeo Association (07) 4974 4283
EcoFest Tondoon Botanic Gardens Gladstone Festivals & Events (07) 4972 5111 Mount Larcom Show Mt Larcom Show Grounds Jean Peters (07) 4972 2268
JUly Annual Old Wheels in Motion Heritage Village Biloela The Callide Dawson Machinery Preservation Club (07) 4992 2400
AUGUST Multicultural Festival Marina Parklands Multicultural Association 0414 990 086 Gladstone Annual Show Gladstone Showgrounds Gladstone Show Society (07) 4972 1453 Botanic to Bridge Fun Run Gladstone Gladstone Ports Corporation (07) 4976 1625 Coal and Country Festival Moura Maureen Clancey (07) 4997 1489
SEPTEMBER McCosker Calliope Annual rodeo Rodeo Grounds Calliope Calliope Rodeo Association 0409 646 273
OCTOBER Annual Rotary Arts and Craft Day Biloela Civic Centre Biloela Rotary (07) 4992 3628
DECEMBER Boyne Valley Country Music Campout Community Discovery Centre Ubobo 0429 648 515
Markets Discovery Coast Markets SES Grounds Agnes Water 2nd Sunday each Month (07) 4974 9550
Calliope Historical Village Markets See website for dates www.callioperiverhistorical village.com (07) 4975 7428
Miriam Vale Markets Blomfield St Miriam Vale 3rd Sunday each Month (07) 4974 5428
Cedar Galleries Farmers Markets Cedar Galleries Art & Craft Village Every Sunday (07) 4975 0444
Rotary Kmart Markets Stockland Kin Kora 3rd Sunday each Month (Jan–Nov) 0413 720 858
Please check with the Visitor Information Centre or contacts for the current dates and further details.
Beach Arts Music (BAM) Millenium Pde Tannum Sands 1st Saturday each Month (Mar–Nov) (07) 4973 7445
Services Directory IMPORTANT CONTACTS Emergency Police, Fire, Ambulance .....................Dial 000 Ambulance (non emergency).........13 22 33 Police (non emergency) Agnes Water.................................................(07) 4974 9708 Calliope............................................................(07) 4975 7210 Gladstone.......................................................(07) 497 1 3222 Many Peaks..................................................(07) 4974 1 1 87 Miriam Vale...................................................(07) 4974 6000 Mount Larcom............................................(07) 4975 1 102 Rosedale.........................................................(07) 4 156 5222 Tannum Sands............................................(07) 4979 9444 Volunteer Marine Rescue Gladstone....................................(07) 4972 3333 Volunteer Marine Rescue Round Hill.......................................................(07) 4974 9383
SES (State Emergency Services).. 132 500 Directory Assistance.............................1223 RACQ Road Conditions.......................1300 130 595
Hospitals Bundaberg Hospital...............................(07) 41 52 1222 Gladstone Hospital.................................(07) 4976 3200
Council Gladstone Regional Council ...........(07) 4970 0700 Agnes Water Rural Transaction Centre..................................(07) 4902 1 51 5 Boyne Tannum Community Centre..................................(07) 4971 9700 Mount Larcom Rural Transaction Centre..................................(07) 4975 1 205
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