Don't leave Gladstone with your bucket list half-filled

Reporters Rebecca Davis (left) and Rebecca Danslow.
Reporters Rebecca Davis (left) and Rebecca Danslow.

THIS story isn't overly happy. But I'm sharing it in the hope my mistakes won't be repeated.

Next week, I'm leaving Gladstone. Along with my bed, journalism experience and tonnes of memories, I'm also leaving with a half-filled bucket list.

It's a heavy burden to carry and one I must bear alone.

As soon as I found out I'd be moving on to a new adventure, I was struck by an overwhelming sense of dread.

I realised how little time I had left, and just how much I still needed to do here.

For a place that cops a lot about having "nothing to do", when you're faced with a rather speedy departure, it throws that argument flat on its face.

I set about making a Gladstone Bucket List.

I think you have to spend at least a year somewhere to really get a sense of what's on offer.

Throughout my time here, there were so many things my friends and I were excited to do.

And while we ticked off quite a few, I didn't feel I was done with the region quite yet.

With only a month to go, the list was certainly very optimistic.

I still maintain the view from Mount Larcom gets more satisfying every time and the weather at Tannum the other weekend couldn't have been better for a barbecue in the sun.

It went something like this - visit the Boyne Valley, explore Kroombit Tops, lunch at the Many Peaks Pub, beach trip to Agnes, barbecue at Tannum, picnic at Spinnaker Park, drink wine and eat cheese at Gecko Valley, climb Mount Larcom, visit Heron Island and maybe squeeze in 5-10 visits to Dicey's.

With only three weekends to tick everything off, and some packing to squeeze in there, fulfilling the bucket list would have been an amazing feat.

It didn't happen. I managed to check off a few.

I still maintain the view from Mount Larcom gets more satisfying every time and the weather at Tannum the other weekend couldn't have been better for a barbecue in the sun.

While picnicing in Spinnaker park last Sunday, Gladstone had never looked prettier.

Gecko Valley can expect a visit this Sunday - no-one should leave Gladstone without experiencing that cob loaf.

Surprisingly, Dicey's has also had a few look-ins, and there are probably a few more to come before I head off.

But as far as the others, well I guess I'll just have come back.

As someone who's leaving quite reluctantly, with a half-filled bucket, I'm telling you, you don't have to!

Don't make the same mistakes I did. Don't save it for another weekend. Do it tomorrow. For me.

I'm asking you to walk a way with the biggest, overfilled bucket imaginable!