Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands, a costal town, is 16 km south-east of central Gladstone. Whereas Gladstone's port lies behind Curtis and Facing Islands, Tannum Sands is open to the Pacific Ocean and has a surf beach on its eastern side. The western side is bordered by the Boyne River, over which there is a bridge to Boyne Island.

Originally known as Wild Cattle Beach, it was named Tannum in 1939, by when it was a popular picnic spot. The name apparently arose from the suntan acquired by children at the beach picnics.

Further Reading: 

Calliope Shire Council Centenary 1879 - 1979, Calliope, Calliope Shire Council, 1979

Lorna McDonald, Gladstone, city that waited, Gladstone, Boolarong for Gladstone City Council, 1988


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