Nature trail a boost for Discovery Coast tourism

MAYOR'S MINUTE: The Discovery Coast's reputation as a premier tourism destination continues to grow and will be further boosted by the creation of the 10km Red Rock Nature Trail, south of Agnes Water.

The council is supporting Bush Heritage Australia's effort to construct a new trail which will link with existing ones in order to complete the 10km loop incorporating boardwalks, beach sections and stepping stones as it moves through pristine native forests, lush wetlands and along our most spectacular coastline.

Some walkers have even been known to observe turtles and dolphins from the shoreline on existing trails.

And there are a number of excellent swimming spots along the way.

The council allocated $5000 to contract Bush Heritage Australia to complete repair work on existing trail infrastructure to assist with the development of the new loop.

This is due for completion early next year.

The Gladstone region's natural attractions are drawing an increasing number of visitors to this part of the world and some previously well-kept secret idyllic locations are now becoming more widely known and loved.

Although some people may regret that their favourite getaway destinations are becoming less exclusive, the facts are that the Gladstone region is moving ahead in leaps and bounds, and that its natural beauty could not stay a secret forever.

The region is no longer known simply as an industrial hub and has so much more to offer residents and visitors alike, including its many outstanding natural attractions such as the Southern Great Barrier Reef and reef islands, national parks, beaches and lakes.