Gladstone's top eight tourist attractions, as voted by you
FROM Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy to Awoonga Dam and climbing Mount Larcom, Gladstone residents think our region has plenty of tourism attractions on offer.
The Observer asked its social networkers to name Gladstone's best tourist attractions this week.
Here are the eight places and activities that were noted:
1. Agnes Water/1770: The picturesque beachside
Amy Ahchay said the LARC Tours were a highlight of her recent visit: They offer a range of tours from the hour afternoon tour to the full day experience incorporating the Bustard Head lighthouse. Ive done a few tours with them and this afternoon we did the hour afternoon/sunset tour with Neil Mergard and his son as our crew. While Mick and Liza Thompson preferred to see the region from a birds eye view with 1770 Castaway, "It's a unique way to see Agnes Water/1770".
2. Lake Awoonga: There is plenty to do at Lake Awoonga, with several boat ramps the fresh water lake is an attraction for fishermen, wake boarders and skiers. Those without a boat can hire kayaks, stand up paddle boards and a barbecue boat from the Lake Awoonga Boating and Leisure Hire. The dam was noted by four of The Observer's social networkers as Gladstone's best tourist attraction.
3. Mount Larcom climb: This hike is not for the faint hearted, but the view from the top makes it well worth it. Gladstone's prominent landmark makes for an approximate two hour climb, to the top of its summit that is 632m above sea level. Two of The Observer's social networkers said the Mount Larcom Climb was one of Gladstone's best tourist attractions.
4. The Coffee Cruise: Every Wednesday and Sunday the Coffee Cruise departs from the Curtis Ferry Services Terminal and those aboard cruise past the highlights of the Gladstone Harbour and Western Basin. The Curtis Endeavour II makes for a relaxing tour of the harbour, and with commentary about Auckland Inlet, Gladstone Port, the Tug Berth and the Curtis Island LNG construction and industry, it's an educational trip too.
5. Tannum Sands/Boyne Island: The beachside townships of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands were named as some of Gladstone's best tourist attractions for its fishing, stand up paddle boarding, beaches and river. The Beach Arts Music markets were also a big drawcard for Gladstone residents to travel to Tannum Sands for the day.
6. Boyne Valley: From Ubobo to Kroombit Tops, there's plenty to see in the Boyne Valley. Roz Donohoe said, "the Boyne Valley is very picturesque," on The Observer's Facebook post.
7. Heron Island: Located on the southern Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a picturesque holiday location and a notable tourist attraction for the Gladstone region. Najah Pearce said day trips to Heron Island or Lady Musgrave could be offered to the P&O Cruise visitors to Gladstone.
"Every port I got off on the Pacific Dawn I had to travel outside of that city to go to attractions so it's no different to Gladstone," she said. Roz Donohoe said, "Heron Island is my number one".
8. Spinnaker Park and East Shores: A popular area for families, East Shores and Spinnaker Park were mentioned by several of The Observer's social networkers as Gladstone's best tourist attraction. Nerida Bartlett noted the popular spots in her comment, "Just had family visit and had no problem finding things to fill their days," she said.