Low Isles

Situated 15 kilometres north-east of Port Douglas, the Low Isles comprise a four acre coral cay surrounded by 55 acres of reef. The reefs are very close to the island, which makes snorkelling an easy and enjoyable experience. The two small islands are separate but share the common reef.

The larger of the two, Woody Island, is uninhabited except for a large bird population. It is a vital habitat for many species.

The smaller of the Low Isles is a coral cay with a lighthouse that has been operating since 1878. Weather data has been gathered from the island since 1887, and scientific associations date back to 1928 when it was the base for a year-long scientific survey that examined the structure and ecology of the surrounding reef. This was the first scientific study of a coral reef anywhere in the world, and many current theories of coral reef ecology are based on the findings of this expedition.

There are 150 different species of hard corals in the waters surrounding Low Isles, although these are dominated by 15 species of soft corals. If you look closely, the feathery tentacles of soft corals can often be seen collecting tiny food particles from the water around them. Living amongst the corals is a large variety of fish, molluscs, sea cucumbers and other animals. Colourful blue, green and purple parrotfish are a common sight as well as angelfish, damselfish, anenomefish or clownfish, trevally, rabbitfish, sweetlip, moon wrasse and fusilleers, just to name a few! Plus, you might run into the resident turtles.

The lightstation (controlled by Queensland Parks and Wildlife) on the flat low lying western island, was completed and exhibited in 1878. The 18 metre tower was originally constructed on a timber frame with a galvanised sheath in the typical Queensland fashion, however Low Isles was the first to have porthole windows.

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3 March 2017
In March 2017, the World Science Festival Brisbane will once again bring together the world’s best thought leaders to produce a stunning program of live and digital content that connects Asia-Pacific audiences of all ages with the concepts, challenges, discoveries and advancements that are shaping our world.

Boyne Tannum HookUp

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28 April 2017
The Boyne Tannum HookUp is Australia's top family fishing competition which is held annual with the aim of bringing together friends and family from all parts of Australia. With a prize pool worth over AUD300000, the event attracts around 4000 registered fishing competitors and 30000 visitors to Bray Park, Boyne Island where fishing weigh-ins and family entertainment is provided over the three days of competition.

Feast On East Markets

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23 February 2017
The Feast on East Markets will provide an exciting event at the newly redeveloped East Shores Precinct, in conjunction with the P&O Cruise ships coming to Gladstone. These modern markets will showcase local art, handmade crafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.
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4 March 2017
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month from 2.00pm to 7.00pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Rotary Kmart Markets Gladstone

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19 February 2017
The Kmart Midday Markets held on the third Sunday of every month and run by Rotary. Come and enjoy their family friendly all-weather free markets held in the Kmart car park at Stockland Gladstone from 7:

PCYC Markets Gladstone

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12 February 2017
The PCYC Markets Gladstone are held every second Sunday of each month at the Gladstone PCYC from 8am to 12pm. With a variety of stalls including clothings, soy candles, fruit and vegetables, furniture and much more, there is always something for everyone at the PCYC Markets!

City Farmers Markets

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11 February 2017
Held in the heart of Gladstone's Central Business District at Library Square, Gladstone residents and visitors can purchase delightful fresh produce, handmade arts and crafts and much more at the City Farmers Markets.

Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

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21 January 2017
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, however you must register before the event on the Parkrun website to get your time.
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