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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Things to see and do
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Wistari Wall

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Wistari Reef is located only one kilometre south of Heron Island and is a popular site for diving. The best dive site on this reef is the brilliant Wistari Wall. This sloping wall drops from 3 metres to 20 metres and is decorated with many lovely corals.

Round Hill Lookout

West Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Gorgonia Hole

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
Some pretty coral gardens can be explored around Heron Island, but one of the island’s most colourful sites is Gorgonia Hole. This site has a deep cut in the reef wall which is decorated with beautiful gorgonian fans.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive SIte

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges.

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.
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