Season for outdoor adventure in Gladstone region's south
WINTER is here and we are fast approaching the shortest day of the year, but the weather is starting to look good at last and the water is not all that cold so get amongst it on the discovery coast.
From surfing to sailing, swimming to skating, bike riding to beach fishing or bushwalking to bush bashing there is plenty to do and see in the great outdoors in the southern parts of the Gladstone region this winter.
According to GAPDL chief executive Glenn Churchill: "The temperate weather and warm water makes the Gladstone region the perfect place to experience it all. From the rush of catching a wave to the peaceful sound of kookaburras in the outback, the Gladstone region will be magnificent all year round.''
And on the coast, from Baffle Creek to Turkey Beach, the beaches are magnificent from June to September.
Travellers from interstate and overseas flock to Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy to enjoy the sunshine and warm water.
Take surf lessons at Agnes Water or try a stand-up paddle board or kayak at Seventeen Seventy. The backpackers love Scooteroos, when they can play out their bikie fantasy, or experience a bushwalk and bushtucker talk.
Charter operators also take groups out to the reef for a day of fishing, and coral trout and red emperor are popular catches.
The big boats can take tour groups to Lady Musgrave and a day of snorkelling and exploring the reef or the island.
LARC Environmental Tours take groups to the historic Bustard Head lighthouse via Eurimbula National Park, with a bit of sandboarding and a bite to eat.
Kite boarding too is big on coast when the wind gets up, with lessons for beginners or a trip from Red Rock in the south to Seventeen Seventy in a strong south-easterly for the daredevils.
Or maybe you would enjoy a quad bike bush experience or four-wheel-drive adventure in Deepwater or Eurimbula national parks.