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GLADSTONE ICON

Blue Lake near Gladstone
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Blue Lake
Gladstone
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Dry creek at Blue Lake
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Stark landscape at Blue Lake
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Historic hotel at Gladstone
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Historic post office
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Lovely old cottage
Gladstone
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Park entrance
Gladstone
North Eastern Region
Rainbow near Gladstone
Gladstone
North Eastern Region

GLADSTONE & the Blue Lake

GLADSTONE is a mining hamlet in the extreme north east of Tasmania. Nearby are the beautiful beaches of Musselroe Bay and Ansons Bay, as well as wildlife of the Mt William National Park. Just south west of Gladstone is the famous BLUE LAKE. There is a hotel, a shop and a petrol pump at Gladstone. These make Gladstone a good place from which to tour these attractions.

From GLADSTONE you are 10 minutes from the BLUE LAKE. You are 30 minutes from ANSONS BAY, Eddystone Lighthouse, the Mt William National Park and MUSSELROE BAY. You are 40 minutes from DERBY and the WATERHOUSE beaches.

You are 60 minutes from SCOTTSDALE, POIMENA, the St COLUMBA FALLS, BRIDPORT and St HELENS.

Nearby places are described in the REGION NORTH EAST, MUSSELROE BAY, DERBY, ANSONS BAY and WATERHOUSE pages.


View Region North East in a larger map. Unfortunately, you need to go to the Google Page 2 map to see some of my marked features.

FACILITIES: There is a shop, a hotel and a petrol pump at Gladstone. The nearest significant town is Derby. There is some accommodation at GLADSTONE and more at DERBY.

TOURIST information telephone (03) 6392 2211 or contact www.bayoffires.com.au

SIGHTS: Gladstone is close to four major attractions. Just south west of Gladstone is the Blue Lake. East of Gladstone is Ansons Bay with its beautiful, white beaches of the Bay of Fires. North of Gladstone is Musselroe Bay with its beaches and wind farms and north east of Gladstone is the Mt William National Park.

ROUTE: From the NORTH EAST coast you reach GLADSTONE by driving east on B82. Unfortunately, the last 20 kilometres are a gravel road.

From the south east you approach Gladstone from DERBY by driving east on the A3 Tasman Highway, then turn north east onto B82 to reach the Blue Lake and Gladstone.

The BLUE LAKE is south west of Gladstone on B82, which goes onto Derby.

ACCOMMODATION:

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The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

1/ The Blue Lake is a flooded quarry just east of Gladstone off the main B82 Road in the north eastern corner of Tasmania. The water really does shine blue as in the photo above. The area is a former tin mining zone, which is now a very interesting place to explore.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

2/ The turquoise blue of the Blue Lake near Gladstone is caused by the residue of the former tin mining reflecting the sky. No swimming or drinking are allowed and the cliff edges are unstable - so beware!

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

3/ This photo shows the western end of the Blue Lake near Gladstone. The whole lake is about 500 metres long. The total area disturbed by mining is quite large, but much of it has now been partially rehabilitated.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

4/ Near the Blue Lake is the Little Blue Lake. This is another area that is now flooded by water. I could plainly hear frogs in this area, which was very encouraging.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

5/ The tin mining at the Blue Lake turned up a huge amount of sand, clay and gravel. This now forms these strange landscapes.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

6/ This area north of the Blue Lake was now being effected by gullying.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

7/ I noticed this strange moss covering the disturbed ground in some places around the Blue Lake. I noticed the same moss at POIMENA, which was also a mining site.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

8/ This area looked like it is sometimes flooded by water.

The Blue Lake near Gladstone Tasmania

9/ This photo shows the eastern end of the disturbed mining area around the Blue Lake. Nature dominates beyond this disturbed zone.

 

Mt Cameron near Gladstone Tasmania

1/ Gladstone is located in the extreme north east corner of Tasmania. It sits near Mt Cameron, which is 551 metres high. This photo shows Mt Cameron.

Farm near Gladstone Tasmania

2/ Gladstone serves an agricultural community. Here you can see a classic rural scene graced by a rainbow.

Gladstone Tasmania

3/ Gladstone is the most important road junction in the extreme north east.

Gladstone Tasmania

4/ This is a photo of the old Gladstone Hotel.

Gladstone Tasmania

5/ The old Gladstone Post Office has now been converted into a home.

Gladstone Tasmania

6/ There is a picnic, toilet and play area in the Gladstone City Park. Before it is a strange monument.

7/ The monument shows mining equipment and a lump of quartz reflecting the origins of Gladstone as a mining town. In the centre is a buried time capsule.

Gladstone Tasmania

8/ The Gladstone time capsule is due to be opened on the next passing of Halleys Comet in 2062.

Gladstone Tasmania

9/ The old church of Gladstone is no longer being used.

Gladstone Tasmania

10/ The police station at Gladstone is graced by a tree that would look great when it blooms in the spring.

Gladstone Tasmania

11/ There are a variety of houses in Gladstone like this mid Twentieth Century design.

Gladstone Tasmania

12/ There are also a number of quaint Victorian cottages in Gladstone.

Gladstone Tasmania

13/ This a photo of the general store and petrol station of Gladstone.

Gladstone Tasmania

14/ This store shows an interesting bush mural on the petrol station at Gladstone.

Gladstone Tasmania

15/ There are a number of old homes with restoration possibilities in Gladstone.

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