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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Beach Arts Music - BAM Markets

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 6 June 2020
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 it an awesome family friendly outing.

Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 6 June 2020
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.

Friday Night At Crow Street

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 12 June 2020
Gladstone's own art precinct presents an experience like no other. Exhibitions, performances, free art workshops for kids and adults, live music from 6pm, open mic from 8pm, kids space: glow in the dark hula hoops and dress ups and so much more for a gold coin entry.

Discovery Coast Rotary Markets

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
14 June 2020
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.

Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park

Miriam Vale, Gladstone Area
From AU$1 - 1
Monthly from 20 June 2020
The Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park are held every third Saturday of the month at the Miriam Vale Lions Park. Stroll through the delightful cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls. Fancy something to eat?

Crow Street Creative Food and Music Fest

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
From AU$5 - 5
Monthly from 27 June 2020
Crow Street Creative Food is back! Live local music from an exciting main act and some very special guests! Food from Barbecue Fairy and a range of awesome food vendors, art gallery open late, family friendly, open mic after 8.

Luminous

Glen Eden, Gladstone Area
17 – 18 July 2020
Luminous is a spectacular illuminated event, located amongst the natural beauty of Gladstone’s expansive Tondoon Botanic Gardens. In its third year, Luminous will showcase new interactive and engaging lighting displays, a water laser light show, live entertainment, roving performances, workshops, children’s activities, a lantern parade, food and music.

Wowan Agricultural Show

Wowan, Banana Area
15 August 2020
A favourite for families, farmers, growers, food and animal lovers of all persuasion, on the surface, it may all look like fairy floss and fun but with country life on full display, there are bigger stakes at play at the Wowan Show.

Under The Trees Music and Arts Festival 2020

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
19 September 2020
Under The Trees continues to be a feast of the senses... sight, sound, taste and touch comes alive with amazing art and lighting, rhythmic sounds skipping across reggae, pop rock, folk, blues and soul entrancing laid back, friendly crowds.

Calliope Historical Village Markets

Calliope, Gladstone Area
From AU$1 - 2
Monthly from 20 September 2020
The Calliope Historical Village Markets are held on a regular basis along the banks of the Calliope River only 26 kilometres from Gladstone and 100 kilometres south of Rockhampton! A lovely relaxed markets with something to suit the whole family.
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