Gladstone | Things to do

Gladstone is surrounded by nature, flanked by national parks and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Swim with marine life, hike through sandstone gorges and throw in a line at some of Queensland’s best fishing spots.

Southern Great Barrier Reef

The wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef sit just offshore from Gladstone. Dive on the Heron Bommie (a favourite of aquatic legend Jacques Cousteau), explore the tiny coral cay of Wilson Island and snorkel with rays, dolphins and turtles on the Fitzroy Reef Lagoon.

Heron Island

Heron Island is an animal lover’s paradise. Both green and loggerhead turtles return here annually to lay their eggs, and visitors can watch turtles nesting and observe baby turtles hatching at various times of the year. The island is also home to an eco-resort and research station, where visitors can learn more about the wonders of the reef, and play ‘citizen scientist’ during their stay. Swim with turtles and other members of the famous Great Eight marine animals. Or compete in the Great Barrier Reef Swim, one of the most beautiful ocean swims in the country.


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Lady Musgrave Island

Camp on top of 1,210 hectares of living reef on uninhabited Lady Musgrave Island, a coral cay where the only ‘locals’ are the resident wildlife. Giant clams, vivid coral and tropical fish of the protected lagoon makes diving here a visually memorable experience. Swim with the manta ray population, watch passing whales and comb the pretty beaches in peace; a maximum of 40 people are allowed to camp here at any one time.

National Parks

There’s plenty to love on the land, too, with three national parks in the Gladstone region. Explore the swamps and estuaries of Eurimbula National Park, climb the coastal sand dunes of Deepwater National Park or find secret beaches and diverse birdlife in the Curtis Island National Park where, when the sun sets, you can pitch your tent at a campsite and spend the night under a ceiling of stars.


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Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

East Shores Precinct

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
The East Shores Precinct is Gladstone's newest place to play! Whether you'd like to walk the dog, have a picnic on the grass, enjoy the views from the top of Auckland Point Hill, East Shores has it all!

Pams Point

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Divers will find a lot to explore at Pams Point, Heron Island. This site has wonderful fields of staghorn coral in the shallows and a scattering of bommies in depths to 20 metres. Both terrains are worth exploring, so you might find yourself zigzagging up and down the reef trying to see it all.

Blue Pools

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The Blue Pools is a popular snorkelling spot at Heron Island, but is also a wonderful place to dive. While snorkellers generally limited themselves to the sheltered cove in the reef, divers are free to explore the sloping coral reef and numerous gutters, ledges and caves.

HMAS Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The HMAS Gladstone lies at anchor in the Gladstone marina as part of the Gladstone Ports Corporation's East Shore Marina Precinct alongside Auckland Inlet. The HMAS Gladstone is visited regularly by a dedicated group of members of the Maritime History Society.

The Old Station

Raglan, Gladstone Area
The Creed Family operate a typical Australian beef cattle operation on 26000 acres stocked with a herd of red brahmans. The family diversified into tourism in 1998 and today cater for coach group tours, functions and weddings.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens and City Sights Tour

Multiple Locations
Free Entry
Experience scenic Gladstone with a commentated visit to Auckland Hill Lookout and Round Hill Lookout. Learn about Gladstone's attractions, industries and livability. Tondoon Botanic Gardens features 170 hectares of forest, lake, walking tracks and botanical displays.

Calliope River Historical Village

Calliope, Gladstone Area
The Calliope River Historical Village is a true heritage experience which has captured and preserved some of the original buildings from around the Gladstone Region. Come and spend some time looking at unique and interesting displays, including the Calliope River Railway facility which includes a Queensland Rail coach, two camp wagons and the Yarwun station.

1770 Headland and Lookout

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
Long, golden beaches, white waves crashing into the rocks below, aquamarine ocean as far as you can see and if it's whale season you might just spot a water spouting out of a blowhole on this short, headland walk.

WW1 Memorial Drive Journey – Bundaberg to Yeppoon

Multiple Locations
The journey from Bundaberg to Yeppoon, north east of Rockhampton, includes a number of different aspects of Queenslanders' war service, including commemorating war nurses at one of the Bundaberg Memorials;
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