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Gladstone, Agnes Water & 1770 - QLD


Heading north I chose to stop over in Gladstone, rather than sit on a bus for 12 hours!
Gladstone is a town dominated by industry.
However, industry is in harmony with tourism and the environment.
The world's largest alumina refinery is located here, processing bauxcite mined in Welpa on the west coast of cape York Peninsula.
Five per cent of the nation's wealth and twenty per cent of Queensland's wealth is generated by Gladstone's industries. Gladstone's port, handling more than 35 million tonnes of cargo a year, is one of the busiest in Australia.
There are however more attractive, sights in and around the town.
The town's main street has an electric variety of buildings, including the Grand Hotel, rebuilt to it's 1897 form after fire destroyed the original in 1993.
South of Gladstone are the tiny coastal villages of Agnes Waters and the quaintly named "1770" in honour of Captain Cook's brief landing here during his journey up the coast.
Gladstone Hostel had recently changed hands, and Errol was looking after it for the owner, his son. He fancied some time away and was kind enough to take me for a drive to see these two remote and beautiful towns.
Whilst enjoying a pub lunch and a point, we had the pleasure of an MG meet - and what a view!

Posted by charlystyles 13:58 Archived in Australia Tagged agnes_waters 1770 gladstone seventeen_seventy

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