Get back to nature in this outdoor wonderland, smack bang in the centre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Boating, camping and fishing are all top of mind in the Gladstone region, where national parks and secluded beaches are par for the course.
Reef within reach
The reef islands in this part of the world are true coral cays with easy access from the small seaside town of Seventeen Seventy (Town of 1770) and Gladstone harbour.
- Dive, snorkel and swim with turtles at Heron Island.
- Camp on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef on Lady Musgrave Island.
- Hire a private vessel to explore beautiful Fitzroy Lagoon.
Fishing and farmland
Tick off your fishing bucket list – from coral trout to red emperor, sweet lip and bass – they’re all here for the catching!
- Reel in barramundi and Mangrove Jack at Lake Awoonga, just 30 kilometres from Gladstone.
- Go freshwater fishing in Lake Callide.
- Explore the villages in Banana Shire – a rich agricultural and mining region.
- Go four-wheel-drive adventuring through the Sandstone Wilderness in the shires of Calliope and Miriam Vale.
If you’re seeking sand and a laid-back community vibe, nearby beach towns are aplenty.
- Walk in the footsteps of explorer Captain James Cook where he first landed in Australia at Seventeen Seventy.
- Camp on the beachfront in Agnes Water and take a tour in an amphibious vehicle to Bustard Lighthouse.
- Walk, swim and relax in the twin beach towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands.