Towering over Tondoon Botanic Gardens is Gladstone’s highest hill
It’s not exactly The Matterhorn, but a stroll up the 145 metre Mount Biondello, is worth doing.
Note: I don’t know who labelled it Biondello, but it’s either been named after a type grape or a minor character from Shakespeare’s play ‘The Taming of the Shrew’.
For the more adventurous, you can enter the gate just near the Glenlyon Road, Dixon Drive roundabout or the back (western) gate at the end of Southern Cross Drive, Telina.
Halfway up the slope is the water reservoir which feeds the creek flowing through the gardens; for some reason it’s been out of action for a while. Also missing is most of the fence, fortunately the council has placed a sign on the side to stop anyone from taking a dip.
Seriously, if you were thinking about diving in, DON’T, it’s pretty deep and there’s no lifeguard on duty.
Continuing upward, the scenery between the trees improves and there’s plenty of evidence the ‘Phantom Rock Stacker’ (PRS) is back in town.
The view from the top is obstructed by trees but it’s not too bad. Note: I took several photos while standing atop what turned out to a nest full of very upset, and bitey, ants.
From here it’s all (well, mostly) downhill to the gardens.