Ten things to do in Gladstone this weekend

IF you're looking for something to do in the Gladstone region this weekend, here are 10 suggestions to get you started.

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CHEERS: Rotaract members Rachael Colquhoun, Jordan Williams and Jenny Dimitrov having some stein time in preparation for the upcoming Noktoberfest.
CHEERS: Rotaract members Rachael Colquhoun, Jordan Williams and Jenny Dimitrov having some stein time in preparation for the upcoming Noktoberfest. Andrew Morgan

1. Oktoberfest is here!

OKTOBERFEST has taken its time getting to Gladstone, but with 15 varieties of beer on hand, it will be big now it has arrived.

Noktoberfest is a music, food and beer-fuelled festival to be held at the Gladstone Turf Club on Saturday.

Rotaract club director Jordan Williams says there is no better way to raise money than through having a party.

There will be up to 15 different varieties of beers, with an emphasis on foreign beers.

There also will be music from 3-10pm that caters for all tastes, with bands from the local area, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other parts of Queensland.

Tickets can be purchased for $20 and are available from eventbrite.com, or are $25 on the day.

A shot from Pirates Band of Misfits.
A shot from Pirates Band of Misfits. Contributed

2. Drive-in movie night

CQ Starlight Cinemas will host its second drive-in movie night in Gladstone on Saturday.

The Pirates Band of Misfits (PG) will screen at 6.30pm, followed by Elysium (MA15+) at 8.30pm.

The event is being held at the Gladstone Showgrounds, with entry off Tank St.

Gates will be open 30 minutes before the first movie and 15 minutes before the second.

Cost is $20 per vehicle per movie.

There will be a snack bar operating on site, and a working FM car radio is required.

The replica Spanish ship Notorious will dock in Gladstone this weekend.
The replica Spanish ship Notorious will dock in Gladstone this weekend. Contributed

3. Spanish replica ship in port

NOTORIOUS, a recreation of a Spanish or Portuguese caravel from 1480, will dock in Gladstone this weekend.

The people of Gladstone are invited to explore the ship, on board and below deck, on Saturday and Sunday.

It will be open for inspection at the public jetty at Auckland Inlet from 10am to 4pm.

Admission is $5 adults and $2 children.

You can also follow the adventures of Notorious on www.facebook.com/notorioustheship.

Quoin Island Rehabilitation Centre’s Bob McCosker washes Delly, a 140kg turtle.
Quoin Island Rehabilitation Centre’s Bob McCosker washes Delly, a 140kg turtle. Rebekah Smith

4. Marine open day at Quoin Island

QUOIN Island Retreat will host an afternoon where people can learn about marine research in the area.

Those attending should meet at O'Connell Wharf on Flinders Pde, Gladstone at 12.45pm on Saturday, to board a boat leaving at 1pm.

Activities include a Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre tour, an introduction to ReefSearch reef identification, a beach clean-up and a Reef Check Australia research session.

The boat will leave the island at 4pm, arriving back in Gladstone at 4.30pm.

Bookings are essential. Phone 4970 0123.

Yoga move the downward dog.
Yoga move the downward dog.

5. Perfect your downward dog

YOGA enthusiasts can enjoy a free lesson on Sunday as part of Riverstone Rise's  Festival of Fun.

Enjoy a relaxing and spiritual yoga session by the water with Toni's Bodyworx Yoga at Corimba Park.

Toni is a qualified yoga instructor and is passionate about yoga.

Take a yoga mat, towel, water bottle and sun protection. Sessions are from 7-8am.

Register by phoning 13 13 63.


Tannum Sands main beach.
Tannum Sands main beach. Christopher Chan GLA130413SURF

6. Beach clean-up at Tannum Sands

EVERY year six million tonnes of rubbish enters the oceans, and on Sunday those keen to help can play a part in cleaning up the coast.

Meet at the Canoe Point picnic area at Tannum Sands at 9am for a welcome, introductions and safety briefing.

The clean up will begin at 9.30am, returning at 10.30am to record the data. A barbecue will be held from 11.30am.

Those attending should take water, sun protection, closed-in shoes and insect repellent.

Phone  0407 125 363 for more details.

7. Historical cottage open day

TAKE a step back in time and head along to the Boyne Valley Historical Cottage Open Day on Sunday from 10am-3pm.

There will be market stalls, historical displays, bush poetry, music and more.

The cottage is located on Railway Tce at Ubobo.

For stall inquiries, phone Kym 4974 1142 or Kathy 4974 1207. 

8. Paleo cooking class

A NOURISHING sustenance cooking class incorporating GAPS and paleo principles will be held on Saturday at 1.30pm at Integrative Wellbeing Solutions, 94 Glenlyon St, Gladstone.

Those attending should take containers for take-home samples.

Cost $20 per person. Bookings are essential. Phone 0400 739 489.

Kmart Markets in Gladstone.
Kmart Markets in Gladstone.

9. Rotary Kmart Markets

THE Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Markets are held on the third Sunday of each month in the Kmart car park on Phillip St, Gladstone.

There is a wide range of goods on offer including food, coffee, cakes, jewellery, hand-made soaps, plants, toys, clothes and bric-a-brac.

There also is entertainment from local artists. The markets run from 7.30am to 12.30pm.

10. Country markets

HELD on the third Saturday of each month, Biloela Markets in the Park offer a wide variety of stalls for everyone to enjoy.

People can enjoy the delicious fresh produce, try their green thumb with huge variety of plants, and find that special piece of jewellery, clothing, accessories and hand crafted goodies.

The markets run from 9.30am to 2pm at Barimis Park, Callide St, Biloela.

The Miriam Vale Lions Club hosts the Miriam Vale Markets on the third Saturday of each month at Blomfield St, Miriam Vale.

Stroll through the delightful cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls, or try a sizzling fillet steak, sausage or bacon burger.

The markets run from 7am to noon.


Workshop on publishing in the digital age

ARE you a writer or illustrator who wants to publish your work? The Amplified Author is a free, one-day workshop that will help you learn about publishing in the digital generation.

Tutors are Meg Vann and Kate Eltham from the Queensland Writers Centre.

Lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

There are only 18 places for the workshop, which will be run from 10am-3pm on Sunday at the Gladstone Library meeting room.

Phone 3842 9922 for more details.

Art exhibition launch

THE New Leaf: An Altered Book exhibition presents artist books, works on paper, sculpture, installations and interactive works by local artists.

The official exhibition launch will be on Sunday at 2.30pm at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Gallery and Visitor Centre.

There are plans for the exhibition to travel around the state next year.