"Lake Awoonga, Central Queensland, near Gladstone" Gladstone by Magdalena_B

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Lovely Lake Awoonga Sunset

Lake Awoonga is located 30km from Gladstone in Central Queensland, and boasts excellent recreation facilities as well as spectacular lake and mountain views. Numerous shelter sheds and barbecues, walking paths, playgrounds and a picturesque waterfall are provided free to the public, by the Gladstone Area Water Board.

Enthusiastic anglers come to Lake Awoonga to catch the famed barramundi, of which over two million have been released into the lake. The largest caught weighed in at a hefty 29.8 kilograms! Approximately 300,000 fish are released each year, including 200,000 barramundi, 100,000 mullet and some mangrove jack. In fact, Lake Awoonga is the highest stocked Lake in Australia for Mangrove Jack.

Alternatively you can just sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and wildlife. Feathered, furry or scaled, Lake Awoonga is home to a thriving array of small animals, many of which are of conservation significance.

Plants in the water and river banks maintain a wondrous array of small animals which support the fish, eels, turtles, platypus and birds. Further from the water's edge other species of birds and also reptiles, such as snakes, geckos and lizards, frogs and mammals can be found.

The nearby bushland holds a diverse range of native fauna. Bandicoots, melomys, kangaroos, greater gliders and yellow bellied gliders, and brushtail possums. Wallabies such as the agile, whiptail and swamp wallaby can be spotted by keen observers.

Most noticeable at Lake Awoonga are the numerous species of birds (almost 200). This means that around 25% of Australia’s bird species can be found in the region. The Southern Squatter Pigeon is listed as vulnerable and of conservation significance and a further fifteen bird species are listed on International Migratory Conservation Agreement Lists. Lake Awoonga is arguably one of the most important near-coast bird refuges on the East Coast of Australia.

More Lake Awoonga

Looking for a quick stop-over or a relaxed holiday, then check out Lake Awoonga near Gladstone in Central Queensland, Australia.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Great friendly locals, wonderful relaxing lifestyle, beautiful weather
  • Cons:6 hours drive from nearest capital city
  • In a nutshell:A great place to visit; a great place to live
  • Last visit to Gladstone: Apr 2005
  • Intro Updated Aug 9, 2005
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    Feb 14, 2006 at 10:45 AM

    Happy Birthday! you have two reasons to celebrate, it's Valentines Day too! cheers from Deana in Port Hope ON

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