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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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.

Coral Canyons

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
A maze of deep gutters is just one of the highlights of diving the Coral Canyons. This dive site off Heron Island has countless gutters cutting in and out of the reef in depth from 15 metres to 20 metres.

Agnes Water Beach

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
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Agnes Water Beach - an unspoilt haven and Queensland's most northerly surf beach. Located just one hour south of Gladstone, the beach is famous for its picturesque surrounds, surfing, kitesurfing and standup paddle boarding.

Eurimbula National Park

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
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Discover for yourself in Eurimbula National Park's unique blend of landscapes—see mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps, lowland eucalypt woodlands, and tall rainforest with towering hoop pines.

Tenements

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Divers will find a great variety of different terrains to explore at a brilliant dive site called the Tenements. Located off the northern side of Heron Island, this large dive site is often split into two areas, nicknamed Tenements 1 and Tenements 2.

Blue Pools

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The Blue Pools is a popular snorkelling spot at Heron Island, but is also a wonderful place to dive. While snorkellers generally limited themselves to the sheltered cove in the reef, divers are free to explore the sloping coral reef and numerous gutters, ledges and caves.

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.

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.

North Bommie

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
North Bommie is one of the best locations to see Manta Rays at Heron Island. Numerous bommies are found at this site in depths to 20 metres, with the largest a fish cleaning station. Manta rays hover over the bommie to get cleaned, but even if no manta rays show up North Bommie is always a lovely dive.

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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