Gladstone

Gladstone might be best known for its impressively large multi commodity port, but there are some hidden gems in this industrial powerhouse waiting to be found.

Island wonders, rural hinterland, coastal lifestyle and heaps of top fishing and boating spots, Gladstone is the perfect place to kick back and discover both man-made and natural marvels at work.

Take a stroll through one of the few Australian completely native botanic gardens a place of relaxation, inspiration and recreation. The gardens are specially cultivated with a variety of tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforest plants and flowers.

Head to the home of one of Australia's most coveted art prizes at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery in the heart of the city. Here you can access a variety of touring exhibitions, workshops and other fun activities for free.

Go for a dip at Barney Beach and learn about the first settlers that landed there in 1847 or treat the kids to the splash zone at the aquatic centre.

You can take a tour of Australia's largest Bauxite processing plant or if you are a bit of an electro-maniac learn about where a quarter of Australia's electricity comes from with a tour of the facility.

Tuck into some fresh food or pack a picnic and enjoy it at one of the many parks and recreational areas dotted around the city.

If you want a day trip then take the ferry over to Curtis Island where you can camp, boat, fish or Four Wheel Drive in this unique part of the Central Queensland coast.

There are hidden surprises around every corner so get out and make the most of them in this city of powerhouse proportions.

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Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Queensland
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Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 25
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions.

Buderim Falls

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Buderim Falls is a 45 hectare haven of tranquillity less than a kilometre from the north side of Buderim village on the Sunshine Coast –just 15 minutes from the coast. With its towering trees, meandering tracks and stunning waterfall, this sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike.

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth and the complex structures formed by rocky outcrops. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies.

Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island can be found a short boat ride from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The Island offers treats for both snorkellers and divers, with coral gardens starting at just two metres deep for brilliant dives.

HMAS Brisbane Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Just a few kilometres from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, HMAS Brisbane is a retired Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer that is now one of Australia's top dive sites. The ship was scuttled in July 2005 - the 133 metre wreck is sitting upright on her keel, lodged in sand 27 metres below sea level.

Mudjimba Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mudjimba Beach is an unspoiled coastal haven just a stone’s throw from Maroochydore and 90 minutes from Brisbane. The endless, golden sands of this beach are bounded by the Maroochy River and the Pacific Ocean.

Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park.

Bli Bli

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
The name Bli Bli means 'many swamp oak trees'. While in Bli Bli be sure to take a cruise through the Maroochy Wet Lands Sanctuary, or walk the boardwalks through swamps and mangroves. Wheelchair access is provided via the boardwalk for part of the way.

Mudjimba

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
If a laid-back beachside holiday is your idea of heaven, then beat a path to the best kept secret on the Sunshine Coast, Mudjimba. This secluded stretch of golden beach is surrounded on two sides by the clear, blue waters of the Pacific Ocean and Maroochy River and flanked by the Maroochy River Conservation Park.
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