Gladstone reaps tourism benefits
By ALLAN McNEILallanm@gladstoneobserver.com.au
KEN and Dawn Brodie stopped in Gladstone to stay for a couple of days during their trip around Australia.
One month later they are still here ? and loving it!
Mr and Mrs Brodie are an example of Gladstone's latest strength, tourism.
Last year more than 321,000 visitors travelled to our region showing that Gladstone is taking up its place in Queensland's tourism industry.
Local tourism providers are also being recognised on a state level, with awards and honourable mentions flowing thick and fast, with the trend set to only increase in the future.
Although we don't have the attractions of the Gold Coast or Noosa, the reason so many people find themselves in the Port City each year is simple, according to Mr and Mrs Brodie.
"It's just nice and quiet and clean,'' Mr Brodie said.
"The people are very friendly too and always willing to give a hand.''
The Brodies hail from near Toowoomba.
They decided to stop in Gladstone after being told about it by another travelling retiree, Peter Coutanche from Brisbane, who travels to the Lake Awoonga Caravan Park at least four times each year.
Mr Coutanche discovered Gladstone in 2003 and ever since has been a regular visitor to our shores.