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Once an ugly mine, Little Blue Lake is now a real looker. 

Its bright turquoise hue is the result of minerals sitting at the bottom of the lake. They were unearthed during the mining days on South Mount Cameron and surrounds.  

The clay banks and gum trees create an equally beautiful surround for the lake. They also provide a great spot to sit and take a few snaps or have a quick bite. 

Because of its high mineral content, swimming is not advised in the lake, which is also a popular spot for gem hunters, with smokey quartz, amethyst and topaz all found in the region. 

Just metres off the B82 between Derby and Gladstone, it couldn’t be easier to stop off and double take at the phenomenon that is Little Blue Lake.

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