The Gladstone Region | Things to See and Do

Located in the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s Gladstone region has plenty to offer from fishing, camping and hiking, to snorkelling or surfing.

  • Secluded coral cays are literally at your doorstep. Swim with the turtles at Heron Island, or take a cruise over to Lady Musgrave Island for a snorkel in the calm reef lagoon where you can even pitch a tent and spend the night!
  • Give your hiking boots a workout and explore the region’s agricultural and mining heart - there is plenty of four-wheel-driving, hiking and bushwalking to be done in the huge array of beautiful National Parks.
  • Take that fishing trip you’ve always wanted. Head inland to some of Queensland’s top freshwater fishing spots and experience the thrill of catching a barra or mangrove jack or join a charter and drop a line in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  
  • Settle in at one of Gladstone’s relaxed coastal communities with beautiful family-friendly beaches and plenty of activities to keep active including kayaking, snorkelling, surfing or sand boarding.

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1770 Castaway Island Adventure Tours

Multiple Locations
Leave the crowds behind as they transport you onto your own tropical island paradise! They offer several tours to the remote Middle Island for you to experience what the region has to offer. With only a handful of other adventure seekers and a remote island, why not try your hand at living like a Castaway or Survivor!

1770 LARC! Tours

Multiple Locations
For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries as you make your way to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse located within Eurimbula National Park.

Lightbox Expresso and Wine Bar

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
An espresso and wine bar with a unique drink offering and charcuterie menu to match. The Lightbox has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere offering something for everyone - ranging from coffee, breakfast to a contemporary, stylish after 5 bar with some of the best cocktails and beer on tap in town.

1770 Liquid Adventures

Multiple Locations
1770 Liquid Adventures offer guided kayak tours and kayak hire in the picturesque Town of 1770, the birthplace of Queensland. Join 1770 Liquid Adventures on a fully guided sunset kayak adventure around the spectacular 1770 headland and conservation park.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Gladstone Area
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving.

Heron Island Research Station

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station is a world-class research and teaching facility. It is the largest island-based research station in the Southern Hemisphere with a rich history of research, event pre-dating its construction in 1951.

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.

1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours

Multiple Locations
Day tour to Lady Musgrave Island. 1770reef provide tours to Lady Musgrave Island, with the adventures of experiencing the Great Eight only found in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Among the adventures of Snorkelling, Guided glass bottom boat tour and Guided Island walks.

Cloud 9 Seaplanes

Multiple Locations
Cloud 9 Seaplanes offers scenic joy flights, island day trips, romantic island picnics and whale watching flights. They specialise in showing people how beautiful and stunning the Gold Coast is from the air.

Lake Awoonga

Benaraby, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.
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