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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Australian Sunset Safaris

Multiple Locations
Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak?

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.

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.

Heron Bommie

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Heron Island’s most famous dive site is the always spectacular Heron Bommie. Located just outside the harbour, this group of six bommies is found on a sandy slope in depths from 8 metres to 18 metres. The bommies themselves are colourful, decorated with corals, but are often ignored as divers are two busy marvelling at the fish, turtles and other marine life.

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.

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.

Fitzroy Reef Lagoon

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.

Blackmans Gap

Boyne Valley, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Only a short drive from the Boyne Valley, Blackmans Gap is the ideal spot to cool down on a hot day. This picturesque natural swimming hole features amazing rock formations, quiet secluded rest areas, perfect for that much needed summer fix.

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.
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