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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Seventeen Seventy

Seventeen Seventy, Gladstone Area
Seventeen Seventy (known as The Town of 1770) is a picturesque seaside village surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea and Bustard Bay. Enjoy stand up paddle boarding, fishing and swimming at the calm waters adjacent to 1770 Foreshore, with extensive boardwalk, grassed picnic areas, barbecues and children's playground.

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.

Blue Pools

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
The Blue Pools is a popular snorkelling spot at Heron Island, but is also a wonderful place to dive. While snorkellers generally limited themselves to the sheltered cove in the reef, divers are free to explore the sloping coral reef and numerous gutters, ledges and caves.

Southend Curtis Island

Curtis Island, Gladstone Area
If you love fishing, camping, boating, turtles and miles of sandy beaches and turquoise waters, then Southend Curtis Island is a must visit in the Gladstone Region. Located just 12 kilometres from the mainland and a short one kilometre walk or drive from the Curtis Island jetty.

Eurimbula National Park

Agnes Water, Gladstone Area
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Discover for yourself in Eurimbula National Park's unique blend of landscapes—see mangrove-fringed estuaries, freshwater paperbark swamps, lowland eucalypt woodlands, and tall rainforest with towering hoop pines.

Lady Musgrave Island

Lady Musgrave Island, Gladstone Area
An underwater oasis is waiting to be discovered as you pop on your snorkel and mask to reveal one of the Great Barrier Reef's biggest swimming pools at Lady Musgrave Island. The protected lagoon is truly unique on this coral cay island, where you can play castaway on a bare-bones camping adventure or hop aboard a luxury vessel and visit in star worthy style.

Blackmans Gap

Boyne Valley, Gladstone Area
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Only a short drive from the Boyne Valley, Blackmans Gap is the ideal spot to cool down on a hot day. This picturesque natural swimming hole features amazing rock formations, quiet secluded rest areas, perfect for that much needed summer fix.

Baffle Creek

Baffle Creek, Gladstone Area
Baffle Creek is one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal rivers. The Baffle Creek area, including Wartburg and Rules Beach is situated just south of Agnes Water on the Discovery Coast and is a region of natural beauty, subtropical tranquillity, fascinating history and great opportunity, with vast pristine waterways, wetlands, coastline and coral reefs.

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.

North Bommie

Heron Island, Gladstone Area
North Bommie is one of the best locations to see Manta Rays at Heron Island. Numerous bommies are found at this site in depths to 20 metres, with the largest a fish cleaning station. Manta rays hover over the bommie to get cleaned, but even if no manta rays show up North Bommie is always a lovely dive.
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