Gladstone

Gladstone might be best known for its impressively large multi commodity port, but there are some hidden gems in this industrial powerhouse waiting to be found.

Island wonders, rural hinterland, coastal lifestyle and heaps of top fishing and boating spots, Gladstone is the perfect place to kick back and discover both man-made and natural marvels at work.

Take a stroll through one of the few Australian completely native botanic gardens a place of relaxation, inspiration and recreation. The gardens are specially cultivated with a variety of tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforest plants and flowers.

Head to the home of one of Australia's most coveted art prizes at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery in the heart of the city. Here you can access a variety of touring exhibitions, workshops and other fun activities for free.

Go for a dip at Barney Beach and learn about the first settlers that landed there in 1847 or treat the kids to the splash zone at the aquatic centre.

You can take a tour of Australia's largest Bauxite processing plant or if you are a bit of an electro-maniac learn about where a quarter of Australia's electricity comes from with a tour of the facility.

Tuck into some fresh food or pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the many parks and recreational areas dotted around the city.

If you want a day trip then take the ferry over to Curtis Island where you can camp, boat, fish or Four Wheel Drive in this unique part of the Central Queensland coast.

There are hidden surprises around every corner so get out and make the most of them in this city of powerhouse proportions.

Gladstone
Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Queensland
Australia

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Hallorans Hill Conservation Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
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This park, in the middle of the township of Atherton, protects eucalypt forest and a remnant of the endangered mabi forest on an extinct volcanic cone. The cone is part of the legacy of the Atherton Tableland's fiery geological past.

Hasties Swamp National Park

Atherton, Tablelands Area
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A birdwatcher's delight, this park is a large seasonal wetland renowned for its diverse range of resident and migratory birds. At least 220 bird species have been recorded, mainly in the wetland and open woodland.

Wongabel State Forest

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
This state forest protects a remnant of an endangered type of forest, known as mabi forest. Here, in 1903, red cedar seedlings were planted in the forest to replace mature trees which had been logged. Commercial plantations of hoop, kauri and Caribbean pine now grow beside native forest.

Specimen Hill Lookout

Herberton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Specimen Hill Lookout walk takes you along a gravel bush track that leads you out along a shoulder of Specimen Hill. The track ends at a tunnel driven into the Hillside with other mines visible below.

Mt Hypipamee Crater and Dinner Falls

Atherton, Tablelands Area
Free Entry
The Hypipamee crater is referred to as a volcanic pipe. The pipe was opened upward through surface rocks by gas produced from molten rock below and as a result of tremendous pressure, the vent exploded sending volcanic bombs far across the landscape.

Atherton Tablelands

Atherton, Tablelands Area
The Atherton Tablelands is an uplifting destination of timeless villages, exotic tropical foods, country markets and diverse wildlife. A network of scenic drives through contrasting landscapes makes it easy to explore waterfalls and crater lakes or taste food and wine at its source.

Herberton

Herberton, Tablelands Area
This historic tin mining town on the banks of the Wild River is the oldest town on the Atherton Tablelands. Buildings include a wonderful collection of Queensland architectural styles, from churches to public buildings and large houses with wide verandahs.

Tolga

Tolga, Tablelands Area
Tolga is within approximately eight kilometres from Atherton, travelling through the rainforest canopied Kennedy Highway. Tolga presents a quaint little town with good examples of early Queensland architecture.
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