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 station 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.
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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.
BLUE LAKE is an old mining town that has been rehabilitated so that you can enjoy the unique sights of the Blue Lake.
EDDYSTONE Lighthouse is just north of the Ansons Bay hamlet. This was built in 1889 and is one of the largest in Australia. The keeper's house is open for inspection. At Eddystone you are at the most easterly point in Tasmania.
ANSONS BAY is a major pleasure boat haven and it has a great beach at Policemans Point.
MUSSELROE BAY has great white beaches.
LITTLE MUSSELROE BAY has a massive new wind farm with 56 turbines.
Mt WILLIAM National Park has abundant wildlife including; dozens of bird species, as well as kangaroos, wallabies, pademelons, echidnas, possums and devils.
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.
- BLUE LAKE
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.
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!
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.
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.
5/ The tin mining at the Blue Lake turned up a huge amount of sand, clay and gravel. This now forms these strange landscapes.
6/ This area north of the Blue Lake was now being effected by gullying.
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.
8/ This area looked like it is sometimes flooded by water.
9/ This photo shows the eastern end of the disturbed mining area around the Blue Lake. Nature dominates beyond this disturbed zone.
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.
2/ Gladstone serves an agricultural community. Here you can see a classic rural scene graced by a rainbow.
3/ Gladstone is the most important road junction in the extreme north east.
4/ This is a photo of the old Gladstone Hotel.
5/ The old Gladstone Post Office has now been converted into a home.
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.
8/ The Gladstone time capsule is due to be opened on the next passing of Halleys Comet in 2062.
9/ The old church of Gladstone is no longer being used.
10/ The police station at Gladstone is graced by a tree that would look great when it blooms in the spring.
11/ There are a variety of houses in Gladstone like this mid Twentieth Century design.
12/ There are also a number of quaint Victorian cottages in Gladstone.
13/ This a photo of the general store and petrol station of Gladstone.
14/ This store shows an interesting bush mural on the petrol station at Gladstone.
15/ There are a number of old homes with restoration possibilities in Gladstone.