Gladstone's National Parks

The Gladstone region is home to a number of majestic National Parks. Expedition National Park in the Banana Shire is a wilderness of rugged gorges and spectacular views, wildflowers in the spring, and abundant native wildlife. In the same shire you'll also find Kroombit Top National Park with its sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and sub-tropical rainforest.

Explore the Sandstone Wilderness

The Sandstone Wilderness is a collection of mountain ranges, gorges and cliffs hanging off the Great Dividing Range in Central Queensland. In the Gladstone Region you can experience the ruggedness of these landscapes in the following locations:
  • Isla Gorge National Park is a maze of gorgeous sandstone cliffs and gorges to gander at. 
  • Robinson Gorge section of Expedition National Park is a 100m high sheer cliff that winds for 14km. Take wander up to the Robinson Gorge Lookout or take the Sheperd’s Peak Trail for a higher vantage point.
  • The Lonesome and Beilba Sections of Expedition National Park are also areas to explore natural sandstone features in the area.

4 National Parks with Camping Sites in the Gladstone Region
  • For the adventurous camper, the campsites at Curtis Island National Park are remote and can only be accessed via boat or four wheel drive only.
  • In late winter and spring you can camp amongst the wildflowers at the bush camping site at Castle Tower National Park. You’ll need a boat ride and a bit of hiking to get there, but once there you can fish and bush walk to your heart’s content. 
  • Try beach-side camping at the Middle Rock and Wreck Rock camping areas of Deepwater National Park just south of Agnes Water. 
  • The only way to stay a little longer on Lady Musgrave Island is to set up camp on this beautiful coral cay. Camping is only available over part of the year and books out in advance for school holidays.

For more information on the campsites in the area and to book permits visit Queensland National Parks.

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Things to see and do
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Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Divers will find a great variety of different terrains to explore at a brilliant dive site called the Tenements. Located off the northern side of Heron Island, this large dive site is often split into two areas, nicknamed Tenements 1 and Tenements 2.

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.

Coral Gardens

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The Coral Gardens is a nice easy dive that any divers will enjoy at Heron Island. Located just south of the Heron Harbour, this coral slope is usually done as a drift dive. While there are pretty coral gardens in the shallows to explore, the main feature of the site is the sloping reef wall and numerous bommies in the channel in depths to 20 metres.

Musgrave Channel

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
For those after a fast-paced drift dive at Lady Musgrave Island then try a dive through the Musgrave Channel. Best done on the incoming tide, so you end up in the lagoon, this channel is a sensational dive and only 13 metres deep.

Heron Harbour

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Almost every diver that visits Heron Island ends up snorkelling or diving Heron Harbour. This man-made harbour allows boat access to the island, but also attracts a surprising amount of marine life that is clearly visible from the jetty.

Wistari Wall

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Wistari Reef is located only one kilometre south of Heron Island and is a popular site for diving. The best dive site on this reef is the brilliant Wistari Wall. This sloping wall drops from 3 metres to 20 metres and is decorated with many lovely corals.

Lake Awoonga

Benaraby, Gladstone Area
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Whether you're looking for a place to splash, fish or relax Lake Awoonga is a nature lover's paradise. The Lake is stocked with Barra, Saratoga and Sea Mullet. If you happen to reel in a Mangrove Jack consider yourself lucky as they're a rare find.

Mount Larcom Climb

Mount Larcom, Gladstone Area
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The prominent and distinctive peak of Mount Larcom is visible to the north-west from most points in Gladstone, with its summit is 632 metres above sea level. Matthew Flinders noted it when he explored Port Curtis, naming it after Captain Larcom under whom he had served.

Fitzroy Reef Lagoon

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
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Situated 32 nautical miles (or 90 minutes) from Seventeen Seventy is the spectacular 2,000 acre Fitzroy Reef. The only naturally formed, all tidal entrance Lagoon on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, it boasts a diverse range of spectacular corals and bommies - perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Hole In The Wall

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Fortunately there is a lot more to see than a Hole In The Wall at this dive site at Heron Island. Located north of the harbour, this dive site has coral walls, gutters, caves and ledges to explore in depths to 20 metres.
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