Ten things you didn't know you could do on Curtis Island
FROM turtle watching, bush walking and fishing to secret watering holes, the Curtis Island locals want you to know what's great about their home.
A book, released by the Gladstone Conservation Council at Ecofest shows the beauty, diversity and importance of Curtis Island.
Here are ten of the many things you can do on Curtis Island, that are mentioned in the book:
VISIT the historic working Cape Capricorn lighthouse at the north tip of Curtis Island. It sits on top of a 100m rugged cliff face. There is accommodation.
2. Hit the trail
THERE are miles of rugged bushland to explore and camp sites at the southern end of the island.
FLATBACK turtles nest on Curtis Island and can be seen in the sand dunes between October and January.
KEEP a lookout for wild cattle and horses. There are reports of wild shorthorn cattle that haven't been used on farms since the 1960s.
CURTIS Island is one of two islands that make the Gladstone Harbour so throw a line in the water and you are sure to catch a fish.
THE eastern side of Curtis Island is popular for swimming and snorkelling but it is important to be careful.
7. The beach
THERE are miles of untamed sandy beaches and turquoise water. The difference between the water on the west side and the east side is astonishing.
THERE are four-wheel-driving tracks that wind north to Connors Bluff. There is also a west track at the former Oceanview property.
9. Have a drink
POP into the Capricorn Lodge at Southend where they can open the bar and you can relax. Feel like you're miles away from the mainland.
THE cottage on Boatshed Point is believed to be built by W.H. Renton in the 1930's.
Mr Renton worked at the Gladstone Harbour Board, now known as the Gladstone Ports Corporation, where he worked as an engineer.
Apparently through the telescope at the cottage, Mr Renton was able to read the clock at the Post Office in Goondoon St.
The cottage still stands today but without a roof as a result of a bush fire that destroyed it.