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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Central Studio Accommodation

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$95.00 - 170.00
Central Studios offer studio accommodation in the Gladstone Central Business District. They cater for both corporate and holiday guests alike. Designed for comfort, the well appointed studios offer a contemporary style, each with equipped kitchenettes, and all the requirements for corporate travel.

Captain Cook Holiday Village

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
From AU$32 - 166
The Captain Cook Holiday Village is one of the few accommodation options in the true 1770 and you will be spoilt by choice when it comes to things to do. They have several different styles of cabin: a Bungalow for the budget weary (doesn't have a en suite ) right up to a two bedroom Villa.

Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resort

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
From AU$125 - 500
Situated in the sub-tropical heart of Agnes Waters/1770 the most northerly surf beach in Queensland and voted one of Australia’s best beaches. Whether walking from your room to the pristine beaches or taking a short stroll to local shopping precinct or dining and socialising in the onsite restaurant, Sandcastles 1770 Motel and Resorts provides everything you could desire.

Discovery Parks - Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
From AU$30 - 250
Along the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Tannum Sands is an oasis with multi-coloured sunsets and year-round warm climes. For holidaymakers searching for true relaxation, the Gladstone Region is the place to unwind.

Sunbird Gardens

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
From AU$110 - 160
Consisting of three spacious, modern cottages, set apart for privacy, amongst lush tropical gardens, Sunbird Gardens is the ultimate relaxation retreat with each cottage having its own deep luxurious veranda spa bath enclosed with louvers for total privacy.

Apartments G60 Gladstone, managed by Metro Hotels

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$110 - 350
Apartments G60 Gladstone, managed by Metro Hotels boasts 20 well appointed and fully self-contained two bedroom/two bathroom apartments with large balconies. These contemporary apartments are suited to single, couple and family travelers alike plus they offer an excellent option for long-term accommodation.

Mercure Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$105 - 280
The award winning Mercure Gladstone is a stylish and modern hotel within minutes of the Gladstone Central Business District. Mercure Gladstone features 60 premium accommodation rooms, secure undercover parking and contemporary conference facilities.

Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$90 - 350
Metro Hotel and Apartments Gladstone is located in the centre of the business district of Gladstone adjacent to shops, restaurants and the entertainment centre. Only two minutes from the Heron Island departure point and rail / bus stations, with the airport 10 minutes away.

Gladstone Central Plaza

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$118 - 283
Gladstone Central Plaza is one of the premier accommodation experiences in the region. This elegant and modern apartment hotel is located in the heart of Gladstone Central Business District, opposite the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.

Curtis Central Apartments

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
From AU$118 - 173
Curtis Central Apartments is an award winning elegant modern apartment hotel located in the heart of the Gladstone Central Business District. Guests can choose between spacious 1 and 2 bedroom apartment suites with sweeping harbour views and close proximity to the restaurant and café precinct, bars, boutique shops and the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre.
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