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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Camerata Live! Gladstone

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
From AU$15 - 25
26 June 2019
Presented by Gladstone Regional Council, Camerata – Queensland’s Chamber Orchestra are delighted to return to the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre, following their successful performance in 2018.

Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 29 June 2019
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, register once before your first event on the Parkrun website.

Discovery Coast Rotary Markets

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
30 June 2019
The Discovery Coast Markets are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the SES Grounds located between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Come and browse the arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce available to purchase.

Gladstone Brick Event

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
From AU$9.50 - 53.00
6 – 7 July 2019
The biggest and best Lego Fan Expo is coming to Gladstone for the very first time in July 2019 for the inaugural Gladstone Brick Event. The Gladstone Brick Event is set to showcase amazing dioramas, custom Lego creations from many talented local brick builders who will be exhibiting creations built entirely from Lego.

Beach Arts Music - BAM Markets

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 6 July 2019
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month except January and February from 2pm to 7pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park

Miriam Vale, Gladstone Area
From AU$1 - 1
Monthly from 20 July 2019
The Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park are held throughout the year on every third Saturday of the month at the Miram Vale Lions Park. Stroll through the delightful cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls.

Rotary Markets Gladstone

Glen Eden, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 21 July 2019
The Rotary Markets are held on the third Sunday of every month. Come and enjoy the family friendly free markets held at the Tondon Botanic Gardens from 7am to 12pm. The markets feature fresh fruit and veggies, coffee, cakes, handmade children's toys, food stalls and barbecues, ice cream, plants, handmade soaps, books, children's clothing, jewellery and other bric-a-brac.

Gladstone Relay for Life

West Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$20 - 30
27 – 28 July 2019
Relay For Life is a fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services. Relay is a chance for the Gladstone community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.

Feast on East Markets - Pacific Explorer Arrival

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
4 August 2019
East Shores Precinct will come alive with the Feast on East Markets! Come and see the spectacle of the P&O Pacific Explorer, as she docks into the Gladstone Harbour. The Feast on East Markets will showcase local art, handicrafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.

Feast on East Markets - Carnival Spirit Arrival

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
20 September 2019
East Shores Precinct will come alive with the Feast on East Markets! Come and see the spectacle of the Carnival Spirit, as she docks into the Gladstone Harbour. The Feast on East Markets will showcase local art, handicrafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.
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