Boyne Island, a residential and industrial town, is 10 km south-east of central Gladstone. It is separated by narrow channels from the mainland and is bordered by the Boyne River to its south-east. It is named after the river, which was charted by John Oxley in Boyne Island was the province of squatters from the s until , when the first pastoral lease was granted. Government resumptions in the s opened much of the land to selection, and further leasehold.
THE 18th Observer Boyne Tannum HookUp festival has been declared a resounding success with the best weather conditions in at least five years. HookUp committee member Patrick Laws said the annual event 18th Observer Boyne Tannum HoookUp was more successful than expected, with this year's festival held a month earlier than normal. Despite entrant numbers being down, record crowds and top notch seafood again confirmed that the Gladstone region is hooked on HookUp.