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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Gladstone Region

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The Gladstone Region - Australia's best kept holiday secret - begins approximately 450 kilometres north of Brisbane. It's the gateway to the majestic Southern Great Barrier, fantastic fishing hotspots, amazing country adventures and pure national parks.

Benaraby

Benaraby, Gladstone Area
With its location at the southern entrance to Gladstone, you cannot miss Benaraby. It is a small community and fairly well known to anglers, being the gateway to Lake Awoonga, which has a pile of Barramundi waiting to be caught.

Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
On a stunning part of the Gladstone Region Coastline, you will find the twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Year round swimming due to pretty consistent temps make this a water-sports paradise with stand up paddle-boarding, jet-skis, wind surfers, paragliders and more dotting the shoreline.

Kroombit Tops National Park

Tablelands, Gladstone Area
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Standing above surrounding farmlands the sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls of Kroombit Tops National Park provide a cool retreat. Explore intriguing natural and cultural wonders hidden among a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests and scrublands.

Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
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.

Deepwater National Park

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
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Discover the magic of Deepwater National Park—an unspoilt coastal landscape with long sandy beaches, freshwater creeks and great fishing spots. Jump in your four-wheel-drive and take a scenic drive through eucalypt woodlands looking for the local residents including wallabies, emus and a myriad of other bird life.

Lilley's Beach

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
Lilley's Beach is a popular weekend camping spot for locals and tourists alike! Lilley's Beach is a sensitive foreshore area, that is carefully maintained by Boyne Smelter Ltd and Gladstone Regional Council.

Bororen

Bororen, Gladstone Area
Back in the war years, Bororen was noted for its pies. Those on active duty almost considered deserting just to get their hands on a Bororen pie. In the 21st century, it's still worthwhile pulling over for a break.

Calliope

Calliope, Gladstone Area
A landscape which features historical homesteads, horse riding trails, national parks, lookouts and native bush Calliope is shaped by an air of yesteryear but look a little closer and there is lots to discover.

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.
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