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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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.

NRG Gladstone Power Station Industry Tour

Multiple Locations
Free Entry
Queensland's largest Power Station, with a generating capacity of 1680 megawatts was sited to take advantage of seawater for cooling and to be near Central Queensland's vast coal reserves. Approximately 11000 tonnes of coal are used each day in the production of electricity, with most of it being sold to Boyne Smelters Ltd under a long-term agreement.

Stockland Gladstone Shopping Centre

West Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Located on the corner of the Dawson Highway and Philip St, Stockland Gladstone is the only major shopping centre in the region. Featuring Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Big W , Priceline Pharmacy, Reject Shop and 47 specialty stores with over 1,300 parking spaces.

WWI Memorial Journey - Bundaberg to Yeppoon

Multiple Locations
The journey from Bundaberg to Yeppoon, north east of Rockhampton, includes a number of different aspects of Queenslanders' war service, including commemorating war nurses at one of the Bundaberg Memorials, a visit to the museum of an early aviation hero and WWI veteran Bert Hinkler, a memorial which doubled as a union rallying point in the mining town of Mount Morgan and an avenue of trees representing those lost in WWI on the beachside at Yeppoon.

Calliope River Historical Village

Calliope, Gladstone Area
The Calliope River Historical Village is a true heritage experience which has captured and preserved some of the original buildings from around the Gladstone Region. Come and spend some time looking at unique and interesting displays, including the Calliope River Railway facility which includes a Queensland Rail coach, two camp wagons and the Yarwun station.

1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours

Multiple Locations
Day tour to Lady Musgrave Island. 1770reef provide tours to Lady Musgrave Island, with the adventures of experiencing the Great Eight only found in the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Among the adventures of Snorkelling, Guided Glass Bottom Boat Tour and Guided Island walks, Lady Musgrave Island Lagoon has stunning turtles, manta rays and fish to swim with in the Coral Lagoon.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens and City Sights Tour

Multiple Locations
Free Entry
Experience scenic Gladstone with a commentated visit to Auckland Hill Lookout and Round Hill Lookout. Learn about Gladstone's attractions, industries and livability. Tondoon Botanic Gardens features 170 hectares of forest, lake, walking tracks and botanical displays.

Gladstone Marina

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
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.

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.

Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum was established in 1985 and is a community cultural initiative funded by the Gladstone Regional Council. It is dedicated to promoting art and heritage for and by the communities of the Gladstone Region and Central Queensland, acting as a focal point for the preservation and display of the region's history and cultural heritage.
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