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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1770 Liquid Adventures

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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 LARC! Tours

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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.

Australian Sunset Safaris

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Picture yourself travelling in a four-wheel drive bus along Fraser Island's beaches and rainforest tracks, swimming in a crystal clear lake with a white sandy bottom. Or how about paddling in a completely transparent kayak over sunken Moreton Island ship wrecks, seeing an abundance of fish and colourful coral through the bottom of your kayak?

1770reef Great Barrier Reef Eco Tours

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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.

Tannum Central Shopping Centre

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
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Only a short drive from the regional city of Gladstone are the picturesque, coastal communities of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. With a local population of over 12000 residents. These 'twin' communities are linked across the Boyne River and offer a quality mix of residential, business, shopping, industry and environment.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens and City Sights Tour

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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.

Port of Gladstone Harbour Tour

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The Port of Gladstone Harbour Tour provided by Curtis Ferry Services is the best way to experience Gladstone’s enormous and busy harbour. Expert commentary on the many exciting aspects of the Gladstone Harbour is sure to reveal some amazing facts you didn’t know.

Curtis Ferry Services

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Curtis Ferry Services is the premier tourism operator in Gladstone - the Heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Curtis Ferry Services provides reliable and regular passenger and vehicle services to the Gladstone Harbour Islands - Curtis, Facing and Quoin.

Millennium Esplanade and Tannum Sands Beach

Tannum Sands, Gladstone Area
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For over 50 years, the esplanade beach areas of Tannum Sands has served as the principal destination for passive and active beachside pursuits for the Gladstone Region. Located just 20 kilometres south of Gladstone on the Central Queensland coast, this coastal foreshore area provides individual pavillions which provide intimacy and cool, weather proof refuges which make the most of the ocean views.

HMAS Gladstone

Gladstone, Gladstone Area
The HMAS Gladstone lies at anchor in the Gladstone marina as part of the Gladstone Ports Corporation's East Shore Marina Precinct alongside Auckland Inlet. The HMAS Gladstone is visited regularly by a dedicated group of members of the Maritime History Society.
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