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Discover Boyne Island and Tannum Sands

With superb beaches, beautiful waterways, active tracks dotted with local artwork and a number of unique events calling the region home... There's so much to love about the picturesque coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands! But don't take our word for it, discover the area for yourself with our top picks of things to see and do; 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​1. Get active on over 15kms of pathway, known as the 'Turtleway Bikeway', which winds along the Tannum Sands coastline.

Load the bikes in the car and take the whole family for a ride along the 'Turtleway Bikeway'. Being active has never been so easy as you enjoy a ride between the towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands along both sides of the bank of the Boyne River.

2. While you're already there, be sure to appreciate the Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape with artwork such as sculptures, mosaic and functional art among other things. 

Creating immense interest and pride among both local residents and tourists alike, the Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape is a true celebration of Public Art. Made possible by local businesses, and making use of local artists, you won't be able to help but admire the wonderful artistic works that make up the Artscape. This is a must see for everyone, but especially if you're an art lover!

3. Enjoy a day of sun, sand and salt at Tannum Sands' patrolled surf beach.

A day at Tannum Sands main beach is a day well spent! Patrolled from September to May each year, Tannum Sands Beach and the Millennium Esplanade is a beautiful destination on the Central Queensland Coast. Enjoy building sandcastles with the kids, a dip in the ocean, a play on the amazing playground and finish it all off with lunch in the parklands.

4. Throw down a rug and have a picnic at Canoe Point Beach and Parklands (pooch approved).

What could be better than a picnic with the whole family, including the fur-babies! Let the kids and dogs run free to enjoy the sunshine, sand and surf on Canoe Point Beach. Close by, the parklands offer shelter huts, wood-fired barbeques, playground equipment and open grassed areas providing a tranquil environment for all to enjoy.

5. Visit the local Beach Arts Music (BAM) Markets

Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more, this free community event makes for an awesome afternoon out with family and friends. They're held on the first Saturday of every month, except January and February.

6. Munch on a serve of fish and chips from the local shop.

A beach destination goes hand in hand with fish and chips! Let lunch or dinner take care of itself with a serving of fresh fish and delicious chips from one of the local shops in the area. Better yet, take a picnic rug and watch a magical sunset from the beach at the same time!

7. Stand up paddle board on the peaceful waters of Wild Cattle Creek.

The calm waters of Wild Cattle Creek provide the perfect conditions for a paddle on your SUP or kayak... you'll be hooked before you know it.

8. Getaway for a weekend and go camping at Lilley's Beach

If you're looking for a great camping spot, then head to Lilley's Beach. This sensitive foreshore area is carefully maintained by Boyne Smelter Ltd and Gladstone Regional Council. Extending along the coast 1.7 kilometres, it can only be accessed by four-wheel drive. Before heading off be sure to check tide times, obtain a permit, take your own firewood and get ready to un-plug from life's hustle and bustle for the weekend.

9. Get involved in the action at Australia's biggest family fishing competition, the Boyne Tannum HookUp

As Australia's BIGGEST family friendly fishing competition, this three-day competition, held on the Labour Day long weekend each year, brings people together from all over Australia. This year (2019) the competition celebrated its 24th year and boasted an impressive prize pool worth over $300,000, with both adult and junior categories. The competition is renowned for showcasing all that the Gladstone Region has to offer as a premier fishing location which sees competitors return year after year. Be sure to save the date for next year's event!

10. Learn to kitesurf or stand up paddle board at Tannum Sands Main Beach. 

There's so much more to the beach then just making sandcastles, sunbathing and swimming... learn a new skill such as kite-surfing or stand up paddle boarding. See the beach from a difference perspective and master a new hobby all at the same time!

11. If you like your festivals cheap, don't miss the annual Under The Trees Festival.

Organised by the community, for the community, entirely run and built by volunteers, Under The Trees Festival is a laid back music and arts festival literally located 'under the trees' on Jacaranda Drive, Boyne Island. Picture two stages, street theatre performances, two bars and multiple food stalls providing for an outdoor festival experience for all ages! Emerging artists as well as visiting Australian bands entertain and perform a mix of genres ranging from blues, funk, rock and reggae.

​Don't forget to share your Gladstone Region adventures with us at #GladstoneRegion! 

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