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Gladstone might be best known for its impressively large multi commodity port, but there are some hidden gems in this industrial powerhouse waiting to be found. Island wonders, rural hinterland, coastal lifestyle and heaps of top fishing and boating spots, Gladstone is the perfect place to kick back and discover both man-made and natural marvels at work. Take a stroll through one of the few Australian completely native botanic gardens a place of relaxation, inspiration and recreation. The gardens are specially cultivated with a variety of tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforest plants and flowers. Head to the home of one of Australia's most coveted art prizes at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery in the heart of the city. Here you can access a variety of touring exhibitions, workshops and other fun activities for free. Go for a dip at Barney Beach and learn about the first settlers that landed there in 1847 or treat the kids to the splash zone at the aquatic centre. You can take a tour of Australia's largest Bauxite processing plant or if you are a bit of an electro-maniac learn about where a quarter of Australia's electricity comes from with a tour of the facility. Tuck into some fresh food or pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the many parks and recreational areas dotted around the city. If you want a day trip then take the ferry over to Curtis Island where you can camp, boat, fish or Four Wheel Drive in this unique part of the Central Queensland coast. There are hidden surprises around every corner so get out and make the most of them in this city of powerhouse proportions.