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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Images of Queensland - Gladstone region

Gladstone’s first town hall was completed in 1869, but this building which is now Gladstone’s Art Gallery & Museum was built in 1934.
The Gladstone Power Station with Mount Larcom in the background.  The 153m-tall stacks on the Gladstone – Mount Larcom Road, have been a dominant feature in the Gladstone landscape and history since the 1960s. The Gladstone Region hosts two of the world’s largest alumina refineries, Queensland’s largest multi commodity port and a number of other major industrial giants, including the fledgling Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) industry.
Cattle crossing at Mount Alma Road west of Calliope. The primary industry of beef cattle production is a traditional agricultural base of the region around Gladstone and contributes millions of dollars annually to the economy.

A great stop for a pie, a burger and something to drink is the Mt Larcom café.

A pair of nocturnal Tawny frogmouths perched low down and camouflaged on a tree branch off The Narrows, an estuarine area near Targinnie.
Mt Larcom

 Many pipelines lead to Gladstone.

Trucks transporting pipes heading west up the Dawson Highway on the Callide range.

A dead wabbit beside a pile of timber in a rural homestead. 
Some people like to keep rabbits as pets, but in the wild, the rabbit is Australia's most destructive introduced pest. 
Compared to rabbits, hares are regarded as a minor pest.

"I heard that," said the bull. "What’s the difference? Don't talk bull…"

Rabbits and hares compete with livestock for food, increasing grazing pressure.

A brolga roadkill. 
Brolgas in flight.
Brolgas grounded.
And penned in with bulls.

Ducks in Lake Callemondah.
Port Curtis reaches far and wide especially at high tide.



A flying fox colony of thousands in trees in a creek in Calliope.


Bats taking to the sky at sunset.

Like a bird on a wire.


Sunset in Port Alma.

Forget the Hollywood Hills. There’s Hollyhills right here in Raglan.
Skippy: "This is not Hollywood."





I've been working on the railroad.

The sun sets over camp in Calliope.

One can camp on either side of the Calliope river, in tents on the rocky river flats on the southern side, or in a camper or trailer on gum tree shaded grassed sites on the elevated northern bank. 
Fishing is a popular pastime near the weir.

Slithering away.



How’s the serenity? 
So much serenity.

Fishing at Auckland inlet near the Gladstone yacht club.

Seagulls at the Boat Harbour.

The Port of Gladstone area is important for cultural and social reasons. It existed well before the Great Barrier Reef was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981. With the range of industries serviced by the Port of Gladstone, it is one of the most studied ports in Australia. In June 2012, the World Heritage Committee issued Decision 36 Com 7B.8, requesting the Australian Government to review the management of the Port of Gladstone in respect of the status of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.