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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Gladstone Weekly Parkrun

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 23 November 2019
Parkrun is a free, weekly, timed five kilometre run or walk, which takes place every Saturday at 7am sharp in the Lions Park, Kin Kora Gladstone. Participating is easy, register once before your first event on the Parkrun website.

Discovery Coast Rotary Markets

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
24 November 2019
The Discovery Coast Markets are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month at the SES Grounds located between Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy. Come and browse the arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce available to purchase.

Feast on East Markets - Explorer Dream Arrival

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 27 November 2019
East Shores Precinct will come alive with the Feast on East Markets! Come and see the spectacle of the Explorer Dream, as she docks into the Gladstone Harbour. The Feast on East Markets will showcase local art, handicrafts and enticing cuisine, set in the beautiful East Shores Precinct.

Crow Street Creative Food and Music Fest

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
From AU$5 - 5
Monthly from 30 November 2019
Crow Street Creative Food is back! Live local music from an exciting main act and some very special guests! Food from Barbecue Fairy and a range of awesome food vendors, art gallery open late, family friendly, open mic after 8.

Calliope Historical Village Markets

Calliope, Gladstone Area
From AU$1 - 2
Monthly from 1 December 2019
The Calliope Historical Village Markets are held on a regular basis along the banks of the Calliope River only 26 kilometres from Gladstone and 100 kilometres south of Rockhampton! These are lovely relaxed markets for the whole family.

Beach Arts Music - BAM Markets

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 7 December 2019
Beach Arts Music is a free community event held on the first Saturday of every month except January and February from 2pm to 7pm at Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands. Featuring food stalls, live entertainment, arts and creation stalls and lots more making this event an awesome family friendly outing.

Exhibition: Colour and Response Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
13 December 2019 – 29 February 2020
The Colour and Response project consists of two exhibitions at each venue. The first exhibition, Colour II: Merv Moriarty, In the Field features works by Flying Arts founder, Merv Moriarty. Each gallery will also present a local exhibition drawing on Flying Arts legacies, under the mentorship of Flying Arts curator Lisa Beilby.

Friday Night At Crow Street

Gladstone Central, Gladstone Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 13 December 2019
Gladstone's own art precinct presents an experience like no other. Exhibitions, performances, free art workshops for kids and adults, live music from 6pm, open mic from 8pm, kids space: glow in the dark hula hoops and dress ups and so much more for a gold coin entry.

Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park

Miriam Vale, Gladstone Area
From AU$1 - 1
Monthly from 21 December 2019
The Miriam Vale Lions Markets in the Park are held throughout the year on every third Saturday of the month at the Miram Vale Lions Park. Stroll through the delightful cool and shady park to view a variety of stalls.

Agnes Blues, Roots and Rock Festival

Gladstone Area
From AU$0 - 121
21 – 22 February 2020
Get your dancing shoes ready and let the party begin! Be treated to three days of fantastic music in the Funky Town of 1770 in the Great Barrier Reef's Sensational Deep South. Live music, bar, food vendors and markets, this is an all weather event with plenty of accommodation options in the Town of 1770 and/or Agnes Water.
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