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Snags, swimming and beer - it's Australia Day

IT WAS all about the sizzling snags, swimming and sinking back a few bevvies for Gladstone residents who celebrated Australia Day on Monday.

Hundreds of people gathered at the Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade Australia Day celebration.

The family event had an array of market stalls, food options, craft activities and live music.

For those who wanted a more laidback atmosphere, some celebrated at Canoe Point.

It was Rochelle Walker's first Gladstone Australia Day after moving to the region from the Gold Coast eight months ago.

"I usually spend Australia Day with friends so this year I'm just having a quiet one," she said.

Chris and Andrew Pershouse were in prime position at a hut overlooking the beach at Canoe Point.

"We've had a swim so now it's time for a barbecue. We come down here a couple of times a year," Chris said.

"Today we got a really good spot."

The Triple J Hottest 100 countdown could be heard through many radios, including Aidan Dugley's.

"Today I'm just keen to listen to the Js; that's what Australia Day is all about," he said.

Peter Lockwood was easy to spot at the Tannum Sands Millennium Esplanade.

The 11-year-old was dressed as a character out of his Auntie's book - The Spirit of Australia.

"My mum and aunty made me the costume. Today it's all about Australia - I love living close to the beach," he said.

Also in Australia Day-themed clothing was Jimmy Cartwright, also known as Captain Australia.

"Today I'm just chilling out with the boys and girls living it up Australia-style," he said. "What's not to like about Australia? Ned Kelly is my idol."

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