Lakeland

Lakeland is an agricultural region south-west of Cooktown on the inland route, and at the junction of the Mulligan Highway and Peninsula Development Road. It was established in the late 1800s to service the needs of those attracted by the gold rush in the Palmer River Goldfields to the south, and included a large cattle station called Butcher's Hill which still exists today over a fraction of the area.

These days, Horticulture covers much of the area, taking advantage of the very fertile volcanic soils. Many crops have been trialled in the past, and today you can find watermelons, pineapples, teak, pongamia (for biodiesel), sorghum, paw paws and others. Bananas are the main crop, and in recent years their production has been expanded because Lakeland is just out of reach of the cyclones that sometimes devastate the coastal growing regions. There are now some very large companies investing in the area, and you can see bananas lining the road north along the Peninsular Development Road and to Cooktown.

As you leave Lakeland for Cooktown, you'll notice a large composting operation on the right, belonging to local producers 'Swiss Farms'. They are pioneers in adopting management practices on their properties that are reducing their reliance on artificial fertilisers, and their products are distributed Australia wide.

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Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
On a stunning part of the Gladstone Region Coastline, you will find the twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Year round swimming due to pretty consistent temps make this a water-sports paradise with stand up paddle-boarding, jet-skis, wind surfers, paragliders and more dotting the shoreline.

Mount Larcom

Mount Larcom, Gladstone Area
Found about 20 minutes drive from the Gladstone Central Business District is the small rural township of Mount Larcom. Terrific for a short break during your travels, Mount Larcom has picnic areas, pubs and several takeaway and supply stores to keep you going.

Lilley's Beach

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
Lilley's Beach is a popular weekend camping spot for locals and tourists alike! Lilley's Beach is a sensitive foreshore area, that is carefully maintained by Boyne Smelter Ltd and Gladstone Regional Council.

Facing Island

Facing Island, Gladstone Area
Facing Island is located approximately 12 kilometres from the Gladstone mainland and is accessible by private boat or barge service. The Island has long sandy beaches and designated camping areas, perfect for those who have four wheel drives, a fishing rod or a surfboard, or simply want to relax and explore the unspoilt bushland and coastline.

Curtis Island

Curtis Island, Gladstone Area
This is rugged exploration at its best - Four Wheel Drive tracks to remote and secret fishing spots, back to basics bush camping, beaches, sparkling ocean, wilderness and wetlands. Curtis Island is accessible by private boat or by a regular ferry service;

Calliope

Calliope, Gladstone Area
A landscape which features historical homesteads, horse riding trails, national parks, lookouts and native bush Calliope is shaped by an air of yesteryear but look a little closer and there is lots to discover.

Boyne Island

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
Take a short drive south from Gladstone to the picturesque coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and you will experience a relaxed coastal lifestyle centred on attractive beaches, riverside walkways, parklands and recreational activities.

Quoin Island

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Situated just five kilometres off the coast of Gladstone, is Quoin Island. An unspoilt sanctuary for wildlife, nature lovers and those seeking a secluded spot to relax and let life pass by. Anchor the boat for the day and enjoy a picnic under the shade of the pandanus and coconut palms, or be taken to the Island by ferry.

Round Hill Lookout

West Gladstone, Gladstone Area
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Overlooking Gladstone, Tannum Sands and the Hinterland, Round Hill Lookout offers stunning 360 degree views especially at sunset. This is a popular viewing platform for Gladstone's Industry, City Centre and the Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Benaraby

Benaraby, Gladstone Area
With its location at the southern entrance to Gladstone, you cannot miss Benaraby. It is a small community and fairly well known to anglers, being the gateway to Lake Awoonga, which has a pile of Barramundi waiting to be caught.
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