PHOTOS: How Gladstone people celebrated Australia Day

AUSTRALIA Day was hot and humid in the Gladstone Region, which only encouraged those lucky enough to have the day off to head down to the beach.

It was hard getting a park along Millennium Esp and at Canoe Point in Tannum Sands as groups set up with tents, eskies and food.

Jai Volker organised a party for his family and friends and expected about 60 people to join him at Canoe Point.

The part-time DJ at MiePlace had inflatable pools, two barbecues, two power generators, DJ decks and plenty of cans of beer.

"I tried to organise this a couple of years ago but it flooded," he said.

"Hopefully that doesn't happen again this year."

Earlier in the day, young families turned out to the Gladstone Marina for the Gladstone Regional Council's Australia Day Family Fun Day.

It was humid but that didn't stop children from getting on the jumping castles, testing out their bowling or stopping councillors from getting behind the barbecues.

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Gladstone Festivals and Events put on the barbecue and handed out 1000 sausages for free.

"It was very hot when we started cooking this morning and there were sandflies," said volunteer Rhonda Denney.

"It was good the councillors were helping us cook a bit too, considering it was their event."

Even for those working it wasn't all a bad day.

Tannum Sands officer in charge Senior Sergeant Tony Poli spent some time with family members Michael, Monique and Joseph.

While Snr Sgt Poli was patrolling the Tannum Sands beach on his all terrain vehicle so were they as surf life saving cadets.



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