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Gladstone, Agnes Water & 1770 - QLD

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Heading north I chose to stop over in Gladstone, rather than sit on a bus for 12 hours!
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Gladstone is a town dominated by industry.
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However, industry is in harmony with tourism and the environment.
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The world's largest alumina refinery is located here, processing bauxcite mined in Welpa on the west coast of cape York Peninsula.
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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.
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There are however more attractive, sights in and around the town.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Whilst enjoying a pub lunch and a point, we had the pleasure of an MG meet - and what a view!
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Posted by charlystyles 13:58 Archived in Australia Tagged agnes_waters 1770 gladstone seventeen_seventy

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