The Gladstone Region | Things to See and Do

Located in the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s Gladstone region has plenty to offer from fishing, camping and hiking, to snorkelling or surfing.

  • Secluded coral cays are literally at your doorstep. Swim with the turtles at Heron Island, or take a cruise over to Lady Musgrave Island for a snorkel in the calm reef lagoon where you can even pitch a tent and spend the night!
  • Give your hiking boots a workout and explore the region’s agricultural and mining heart - there is plenty of four-wheel-driving, hiking and bushwalking to be done in the huge array of beautiful National Parks.
  • Take that fishing trip you’ve always wanted. Head inland to some of Queensland’s top freshwater fishing spots and experience the thrill of catching a barra or mangrove jack or join a charter and drop a line in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  
  • Settle in at one of Gladstone’s relaxed coastal communities with beautiful family-friendly beaches and plenty of activities to keep active including kayaking, snorkelling, surfing or sand boarding.

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Ochre Restaurant and Catering

Gladstone Area
The Ochre is recognised both nationally and internationally as one of the most innovative modern Australian restaurants not only in Cairns, but Australia. Located on the Boardwalk at the Harbour Lights Hotel, Ochre offers the best waterfront dining, with views across the marina to forest covered mountains.

1770 Liquid Adventures

Multiple Locations
1770 Liquid Adventures offer guided kayak tours and kayak hire in the picturesque Town of 1770, the birthplace of Queensland. Join 1770 Liquid Adventures on a fully guided sunset kayak adventure around the spectacular 1770 headland and conservation park.

1770 Castaway Island Adventure Tours

Multiple Locations
Leave the crowds behind as they transport you onto your own tropical island paradise! They offer several tours to the remote Middle Island for you to experience what the region has to offer. With only a handful of other adventure seekers and a remote island, why not try your hand at living like a Castaway or Survivor!

1770 LARC! Tours

Multiple Locations
For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries as you make your way to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse located within Eurimbula National Park.

Lightbox Expresso and Wine Bar

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
An espresso and wine bar with a unique drink offering and charcuterie menu to match. The Lightbox has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere offering something for everyone - ranging from coffee, breakfast to a contemporary, stylish after 5 bar with some of the best cocktails and beer on tap in town.

Mike Ball Dive Expeditions

Gladstone Area
Mike Ball Dive Expeditions are proud of their reputation for exceptional diving and extraordinary service. It is their attention to detail that sets them apart. Spoilsport's specially designed itineraries provide more diving and more relaxed diving.

The Outlook Cafe

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The Outlook Café offers a huge range of yummy food and is located at Auckland Point Lookout Home of all day brekky, burgers, kebabs, sanwiches, Merlo Coffee, milkshakes, smoothies, and friendly service.

Gladstone Reef Hotel

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The Gladstone Reef Hotel is the perfect place to stay and play with 52 guest rooms, an award winning family friendly bistro, 40 poker machines, four function venues, Gladstone’s newest nightclub and a Roof Top Pool with a spectacular view of the Gladstone harbour, you’ll never want to leave.

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.

Heron Island Research Station

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The University of Queensland's Heron Island Research Station is a world-class research and teaching facility. It is the largest island-based research station in the Southern Hemisphere with a rich history of research, event pre-dating its construction in 1951.
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