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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Bororen

Bororen, Gladstone Area
Back in the war years, Bororen was noted for its pies. Those on active duty almost considered deserting just to get their hands on a Bororen pie. In the 21st century, it's still worthwhile pulling over for a break.

Rules Beach

Rules Beach, Gladstone Area
Rules Beach is named after the Rule family, one of the early pioneering families in the area. Situated on the ocean front, Rules Beach is several miles long and runs the full distance between Baffle Creek and Broadwater creek.

Jambin

Jambin, Banana Area
A rural hub with a pub to service weary travellers, Jambin is on the Burnett Highway just south of Smoky Creek. Part of the Callide Valley, the town is wedged between the Callide Creek to the west and the highway to the east, making it a picturesque spot to stop.

Turkey Beach

Turkey Beach, Gladstone Area
It's not uncommon to see lots of tractors at Turkey Beach - in front yards, parked on the street and in abundance at the boat ramp. These tractors don't belong to the farm; they belong to the sea and are busy ferrying boats to the water.

Eurimbula National Park

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
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Discover Eurimbula National Park's unique blend of landscapes—mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps, lowland eucalypt woodlands, and tall rainforest with towering hoop pines. The park is a paradise for bushwalkers, boaties and anglers.

Entrance Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Located at the entrance to Lady Musgrave Island lagoon, Entrance Bommie is a large blade of coral sitting in 22 metres of water. This elongated bommie is riddled with ledges and caves, which are usually overflowing with baitfish.

Boyne Island

Boyne Island, Gladstone Area
Take a short drive south from Gladstone to the picturesque coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands and you will experience a relaxed coastal lifestyle centred on attractive beaches, riverside walkways, parklands and recreational activities.

Miriam Vale

Miriam Vale, Gladstone Area
Miriam Vale is located on the Bruce Highway 475 kilometres north of Brisbane, with the main North South rail line passing through the town. With a population of about 600, the quaint township of Miriam Vale is a hub for the timber, cattle and dairy industries.

Musgrave Channel

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
For those after a fast-paced drift dive at Lady Musgrave Island then try a dive through the Musgrave Channel. Best done on the incoming tide, so you end up in the lagoon, this channel is a sensational dive and only 13 metres deep.

Manta Ray Bommie Dive Site

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
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Manta Ray Bommie is not just one coral head, but a collection of bommies off the western side of Lady Musgrave Island. These bommies come in a range of sizes, in depths from 12 to 20 metres, with the biggest ones decorated with gorgonians, soft corals and sponges.
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