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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kroombit Tops National Park

Calliope, Gladstone Area
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Standing above surrounding farmlands the sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls of Kroombit Tops National Park provide a cool retreat. Explore intriguing natural and cultural wonders hidden among a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests and scrublands.

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.

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.

Auckland Point Lookout

South Gladstone, Gladstone Area
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While gazing over the beautiful panoramic view of Gladstone Harbour's entrance, let your eyes wander onto the Auckland Point Wharves, one of Gladstone's essential operative wharves. With four wharves in total, Auckland Point is a part of the indispensable series of wharves that make up the Gladstone Ports Corporation.

Lake Awoonga

Benaraby, Gladstone Area
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Whether you're looking for a place to splash, fish or relax Lake Awoonga is a nature lover's paradise. The Lake is stocked with Barra, Saratoga and Sea Mullet. If you happen to reel in a Mangrove Jack consider yourself lucky as they're a rare find.
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