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Around 90km up Highway 1 from the Miriam Vale turn-off, GLADSTONE is a busy port, and also the site of the Boyne Island processing plant, which refines aluminium from ore mined at Weipa on the remote Cape York Peninsula. Glaringly hot, there's no reason to visit unless you're trying to reach Heron Island. If you've time to spare, the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, about 7km south of town, comprise a partly wild spread of wetlands, woodlands, forests and native shrubs, all expertly laid out – you'll probably clock up wallabies and birdlife here too. The main strip is Goondoon Street, where …
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