Gladstone Region

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.

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.

Beach action

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 .

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1770 Sovereign Lodge Retreat

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
From AU$185 - 600
1770 Sovereign Lodge Retreat is beachfront accommodation and right in the heart of the famous Town of 1770. 1770 Sovereign Lodge Retreat is the closest accommodation to the marina, and just short stroll to the 1770 foreshore, Marina Cafe and Restaurant 'The Tree'. 1770 Sovereign Lodge Retreat consists of 4 individual apartments from budget to luxury , overnight or weekly stays available. 1770 Sovereign Lodge Retreat is nestled on the side of a hill with the most magnificent sea views. With heritage listing, the area has excellent swimming beaches and is the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Lady Musgrave Island is home to some of the best diving sites in the world along with fishing, snorkelling and surfing.

On Kariboe

Thangool, Banana Area
From AU$120 - 220
Because you deserve it. On Kariboe is situated 11 kilometres south of Biloela in Central Queensland; and one kilometre from Biloela/Thangool Airport. Three stand alone fully self contained cabins set in a quiet rural setting; but with all the comforts of quality accommodation and recreation. Be as active as or sedate as you please; either walking, bike riding or lazing beside the beautiful pool. Are you there for business or consultancy reasons (short term or longer); soon to be employed, or soon to employ someone in Biloela or surrounds; seeking pleasure or special occasion; tired of 'eat out' food and want a home like environment; or wanting privacy and a quiet environment? On Kariboe provides a boutique style accommodation whereby personalised hosting is their specialty. Now also Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Just ask your host for more details.

1770 Getaway Holiday Retreat

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
From AU$150 - 300
1770 Getaway Holiday Retreat is right across the road from pristine beaches, nestled into native, tropical surroundings and close to the town centre, historic 1770 and national parks. All luxury villas are fully self-contained and air-conditioned. Whatever the pace, whatever the interest, 1770 Getaway is; 'the right place for an unforgettable holiday!' Explore the magnificent coastline, fish the estuaries, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, surf Queensland's most northern surf beaches or take one of the many fantastic tours available. Town of 1770 is the closest jump-off point to the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef and is north of Brisbane. When staying in 1770, choose from the range of affordable, comfortable and tastefully appointed luxury villas that 1770 Getaway is renowned for.

Boyne Island Caravan Park

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
From AU$25 - 130
Nestled on the banks of the Boyne River, Boyne Island Caravan Park is a nature and outdoor lovers delight. With the caravan park's own Boat Launching Ramp you can easily access the river from their doorstep. For the golf lovers they are a short 200 metre walk to the Boyne Island Golf Club, Bowls Club and sporting fields and with the Golf and Bowls club having their own restaurant you can have a meal or snack and drink at the 19th hole. Their camp sites are set in bushland and are available with or without power. Caravan sites are spacious with annex slabs and many are shaded with some overlooking the river. Villas and cabins range from Deluxe to Standard accommodation, from four to six berth and are all fully self-contained, most with ensuite and all air-conditioned. Linen is also supplied. With the refreshing swimming pool, undercover barbecue area and kids playground our park caters for everyone. So come and enjoy the delights that the area has to offer. Call or contact our friendly staff today for more information and bookings. They are a pet friendly park.

Gladstone City Caravan Park

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$31.43 - 130
Gladstone City Caravan park is a well established park, catering for everyone from workers through to families. It is owner operated, clean, and provides good old fashioned hospitality. They have various types of accommodation from three-star villas to basic caravans, including their popular Workers Cabins. For those with caravans, they have limited long term caravan sites which become available periodically, just ask their friendly staff about these. Facilities include a barbecue area, coin operated laundry, communal amenities block, outdoor furniture, Eftpos and credit card facilities. They are conveniently located on the southern end of the main city centre and just 10 minutes drive from Gladstone Regional Airport. Just a short walk to Yaralla Sports Club and supermarket. Also conveniently located just a short four minute drive into the centre of town you have a variety of eateries, including restaurants, bars and pubs.

Baffle Creek Caravan and Camping Park

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
From AU$22.85 - 160
Baffle Creek Caravan and Camping Park is the only caravan park on the beautiful Baffle Creek with abundant wildlife, a near pristine river, good fishing, large powered sites with ensuites, huge camping areas, an undercover barbecue, laundry, kiosk, bait, ice, groceries, and, nearby, a beautiful sandy beach with no stingers or crocs. There is a relaxing atmosphere with quiet surrounds - a great place to unwind and get back to nature. The park covers 23 acres, so there is room for walking tracks, bike riding, football and cricket. The park has its own boat ramp for access to the massive Baffle Estuary, where you can tangle with a barra or a jack or one of the many other species that frequent these waters. Plenty of mudcrabs and prawns too. The wildlife is prolific. Awake to the sound of a brolga, with a kangaroo or a Burdekin duck outside your door. Check out the amazing fireflies, and there are heaps of sea turtles.

Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resort

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$150 - 700
Nestled alongside the north facing beach of Agnes Water and protected by a natural headland, the beachfront Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resort accommodation is a beautiful and idyllic holiday destination on Queensland's Discovery Coast. It is one the closest access point to the Southern Great Barrier Reef! Swim year round in warm waters, dive amongst colourful coral on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, stroll in nearby national parks or take up one of the many tour activities. Resort facilities include a choice of room types to suit all budgets from motel rooms to luxury three bedroom beach homes. Sandcastles enjoys direct beach access, resort pool and heated spa, on-site restaurant and bar. Step outside to a world of lush vegetation and crystal clear waters complimented by natural art and a small village of boutique shops. The Town of 1770 and Agnes Water have long captivated visitors with its secluded beaches, access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, four wheel drive tracks and trails through coastal palm forests, laid back surf culture and idyllic regional charm. Bush to beach, beach to reef - Sandcastles 1770 epitomises and celebrates everything that an Australian holiday should be.

Sunbird Gardens

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$100 - 160
Consisting of three spacious, modern villa's, set apart for privacy, amongst lush tropical gardens, Sunbird Gardens is the ultimate relaxation retreat with each villa having its own deep luxurious verandah spa bath enclosed with louvers for total privacy. Your pet is welcome but please check with them first. A private Bali inspired gazebo leads from the deck and allows you to enjoy the flowering garden setting and bird life - Sunbirds, Rainbow Lorikeets and Wattle Birds. All villas are totally self contained with modern appointments, queen size bed, spacious bathroom and a bright and airy lounge that catches the cool sea breezes. The villas are air conditioned for your comfort. Undercover parking is provided, along with linen and towels. Wi-Fi is available for your convenience. Suited for couples looking for that quality holiday break, where they can have time out in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. For special occasion, a chilled bottle of champagne awaits you on arrival. A 300 metre stroll through rainforest track will take you to Agnes Water Beach, while the town itself is within a short pleasant walk where you can access coffee shops, restaurants and other retail outlets.

Xenia Central Studio Accommodation

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$150 - 200
Ideal for the corporate traveller, Xenia Central Studio Accommodation caters for both business and holiday guests. The well appointed studio rooms/suites offer fully equipped kitchenettes and all the requirements for corporate travel. Designed for comfort, the studios are spacious, private, practical, Green Star Accredited and Healthy Hotel Certified. Their convenient location; the Gladstone Central Business District places you only a moments walk from a variety of cafes and restaurants, clubs, bars and shopping. Guests can enjoy the outdoors, including a barbecue area or take time to relax and unwind in the therapeutic spa. Stay at Xenia Central Studios and treat yourself to a little extra hospitality and personal professional service. Guests receive complimentary continental breakfast daily. There is free undercover parking and guests have daily access to a free two hour accumulative wifi pass.

Captain Cook Holiday Village

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
From AU$31 - 154
The Captain Cook Holiday Village is one of the few accommodation options in the true 1770 and you will be spoilt by choice when it comes to things to do. They have several different styles of cabin: a Bungalow for the budget weary (doesn't have a ensuite ) right up to a two bedroom Villa. There is also a restaurant on-site and is currently serving a wide range of food including many healthy options. They also have a swimming pool with a toddler wading area but if you would rather enjoy the beach they have a 900 metre bush track from the park to a six kilometre beach. Their park is kid friendly and they are welcome to ride their bikes or run around on the mowed park area.
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