Gladstone's National Parks

The Gladstone region is home to a number of majestic National Parks. Expedition National Park in the Banana Shire is a wilderness of rugged gorges and spectacular views, wildflowers in the spring, and abundant native wildlife. In the same shire you'll also find Kroombit Top National Park with its sandstone cliffs, waterfalls and sub-tropical rainforest.

Explore the Sandstone Wilderness

The Sandstone Wilderness is a collection of mountain ranges, gorges and cliffs hanging off the Great Dividing Range in Central Queensland. In the Gladstone Region you can experience the ruggedness of these landscapes in the following locations:
  • Isla Gorge National Park is a maze of gorgeous sandstone cliffs and gorges to gander at. 
  • Robinson Gorge section of Expedition National Park is a 100m high sheer cliff that winds for 14km. Take wander up to the Robinson Gorge Lookout or take the Sheperd’s Peak Trail for a higher vantage point.
  • The Lonesome and Beilba Sections of Expedition National Park are also areas to explore natural sandstone features in the area.

4 National Parks with Camping Sites in the Gladstone Region
  • For the adventurous camper, the campsites at Curtis Island National Park are remote and can only be accessed via boat or four wheel drive only.
  • In late winter and spring you can camp amongst the wildflowers at the bush camping site at Castle Tower National Park. You’ll need a boat ride and a bit of hiking to get there, but once there you can fish and bush walk to your heart’s content. 
  • Try beach-side camping at the Middle Rock and Wreck Rock camping areas of Deepwater National Park just south of Agnes Water. 
  • The only way to stay a little longer on Lady Musgrave Island is to set up camp on this beautiful coral cay. Camping is only available over part of the year and books out in advance for school holidays.

For more information on the campsites in the area and to book permits visit Queensland National Parks.

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Capricornia Cays National Park

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Capricornia Cays’ stunning white beaches and coral reefs will leave a lasting impression. Their exceptional beauty and biological diversity make them internationally significant. Capricornia Cays National Park protects eight coral cays which rise just a few metres above the high tide mark - Lady Musgrave, North West, Masthead, Wilson, Heron, Erskine and Tryon islands and Broomfield Cay.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Agnes Water Beach

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.

Southend Curtis Island

Curtis Island, Gladstone Area
If you love fishing, camping, boating, turtles and miles of sandy beaches and turquoise waters, then Southend Curtis Island is a must visit in the Gladstone Region. Located just 12 kilometres from the mainland and a short one kilometre walk or drive from the Curtis Island jetty.

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.

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.

Coral Gardens

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The Coral Gardens is a nice easy dive that any divers will enjoy at Heron Island. Located just south of the Heron Harbour, this coral slope is usually done as a drift dive. While there are pretty coral gardens in the shallows to explore, the main feature of the site is the sloping reef wall and numerous bommies in the channel in depths to 20 metres.
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