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The Best Hiking Trails In Gladstone – Explore Nature At Its Finest!

Gladstone in Queensland, Australia is well known for its ample flora and fauna. There is no better way to get up and close to these than taking a hike through the acclaimed trails and parks.

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Round Gladstone Trail

At this spot, you can expect to find numerous self guided trails which wind their way past the Police Creek and the Gladstone & Tondoon Botanic Garden. These trails stretch on for over twenty kilometres, giving you plenty to see and do. You have the option of walking, biking or even riding a horse! At higher elevations, you are sure to come across points that give you a beautiful bird's eye view of Port Curtis and the many islets present around. With well marked trails, the chances of you losing yourself are quite slim. Some of the trails lead to the Gecko Valley Winery, a premium winery famed for its vineyards. Here you can indulge in wine tasting or learn the art of wine making. Furthermore, the Gecko Valley Winery itself has about seven kilometres of trails that traverse the length of the property.

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Canoe Point Environmental Park & Trail

Spread over a sprawling area, the Canoe Point Environmental Park & Trail is a frequently visited recreational area close to the Tannum Sands Main Beach. One of the best places to check out Gladstone's natural environment up and close, the trails can be covered by either foot or bike. Motorized vehicles are not allowed in order to protect the pristine nature of the park. You have plenty of beachside routes while the sand dunes certainly add an exotic twist to the park. After a tiring day, you can drop by to the huts and enjoy a BBQ in the open grass areas of the park. It is easy to find nearby accommodation in Gladstone QLD with the likes of Oaks Grand Gladstone just a hop away from the park. This location is also ideal for a picnic!

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Mt Larcom Trail

If you're in the mood for panoramic views of Gladstone, the harbour and the surroundings, make the trip up Mount Larcom. The summit stands at six hundred and thirty metres high so on a clear day you can see far into the reef islands and the city. However, unlike the trails listed above, the Mt Larcom Trail is a much more strenuous affair suited only for those experienced in hiking. You are recommended to leave your kids home. The trail is marked at all points and make sure you do not step off the hike. At the end of the trail, you can see a cross marker which means you have reached your goal. Another word of advice is to start your hike during the mornings so you can avoid the strong sun and hot climates of the afternoon. A return journey takes about five hours so make sure you have enough light to get back home. The trail snakes through a eucalypt jungle and other unique trees such as grass trees that hide a diverse ecosystem.

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