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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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.

Gladstone Marina

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
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With an emphasis on marine activity and boasting one of the highest boat ownerships per capita in Australia, it should come as no surprise that the Gladstone Marina is a modern complex for yachting, boating and fishing activities.

Round Hill Lookout

West Gladstone, Gladstone Area
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Overlooking Gladstone, Tannum Sands and the Hinterland, Round Hill Lookout offers stunning 360 degree views especially at sunset. This is a popular viewing platform for Gladstone's Industry, City Centre and the Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
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The Boyne Tannum Turtleway Artscape is an ongoing community developed project which installs public art along the Turtleway Bikeway, which runs through Tannum Sands and Boyne Island. The Boyne River runs between the towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and the Turtleway Bikeway can be found along its banks on both sides.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

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.

Heron Island Research Station

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station is a world-class research and teaching facility. It is the largest island-based research station in the Southern Hemisphere with a rich history of research, event pre-dating its construction in 1951.

Musgrave Dropoff

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
On the southern side of Lady Musgrave Island the reef edge drops from 10 metres to 25 metres and forms an amazing wall of coral. Often simply called Musgrave Dropoff, this extensive wall is rarely dived, but you can jump in anywhere along its length and have a great dive.

Mount Larcom Climb

Mount Larcom, Gladstone Area
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The prominent and distinctive peak of Mount Larcom is visible to the north-west from most points in Gladstone, with its summit is 632 metres above sea level. Matthew Flinders noted it when he explored Port Curtis, naming it after Captain Larcom under whom he had served.

Blackmans Gap

Boyne Valley, Gladstone Area
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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.
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