UNCONVINCED by those claiming there's next to nothing to do in Gladstone over the school holidays, an Observer reader has taken it upon themselves to enlighten people.
And their way of doing it was absolutely brilliant!
The passionate local sent The Observer a letter to prove just how much there was on offer around the region.
The letter included a a creative poem, accompanied by an alphabetised list of more than 50 activities people can do in the area.
See below for the quirky rhyme, followed by the comprehensive list of activities:
"It has come to my attention that there are some people in this town
Who think there's not a thing to do and sit around and frown
So in alphabetic order I have sat down to compile
A list of all events that are really worth your while.
I have left the letter 'X' to mark this special place we know
Upon the map of Queensland where there's so much, get up and go
So join the happy crowd, leave your TV and phone behind
And before long you'll realise that you have had a change of mind.
Now there will be some of you who say
That's all very well, but who's going to pay
Just take another look more carefully
And you'll find amongst all this
That some of it is free."
Activities from A to Z:
A. Athletics, archery
B. Basketball, bowls, beaches
C. Crabbing, cricket, camping
D. Dancing, dining, drags
E. Exercising, East Shores
F. Football, fishing
G. Gymnastics, golf
H. Hockey, hiking
J. Joy of living
L. Lions Club
P. Painting, picnics
Q. Quota Club, Quoin Island
R. Riding (horses)
S. Swimming, soccer, skiing (water), squash, singing, softball, skate board rink
T. Tennis, touch football
W. Walking trails