Gladstone Destination Guide
Get back to nature in this outdoor wonderland, smack bang in the centre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Boating, camping and fishing are all top of mind in the Gladstone region, where national parks and secluded beaches are par for the course.
Located approximately 450 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Gladstone region is the gateway to Heron, Wilson, Lady Musgrave and the Capricorn Bunker Group of Islands, as well as the diverse rural hinterland of the Banana Shire.
The reef islands in this part of the world are true coral cays with easy access from the small seaside town of Seventeen Seventy (Town of 1770) and Gladstone harbour. Other seaside communities such as Turkey Beach and Baffle Creek offer a quiet alternative to some of Queensland's busier beach holiday destinations.
The Gladstone region is famous for its fishing hotspots, country adventures, beach culture and pristine national parks. The city of Gladstone is the hub of this region – a dynamic, modern city that basks in a sub-tropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches providing year-round boating, fishing, swimming and surfing.
Activities here are heavily focused on the beach and the water. Snorkel or dive at Heron, Wilson or Lady Musgrave Islands, or learn to surf or kite surf at Tannum Sands or Agnes Water. There are also 14 national parks and numerous 4WD trails for adventure seekers.
Eat & Drink
A wide variety of eateries in the region caters to a range of different tastes, from Australian bush tucker to Gladstone's famous mud crab and fresh seafood straight from the trawlers. Local reef fish, prawns, scallops, bugs, oysters and freshwater crayfish are all on the menu here.
There are restaurants aplenty in Gladstone, such as Rocksalt Bar & Restaurant and Tables on Flinders, while the top picks in Yeppoon are Megalomania Bar & Bistro, Flour Cafe and Food for Thought.
Where to Stay
If you’re seeking sand and a laid-back community vibe, you'll find no shortage of chilled beach towns in the Gladstone region. Walk in the footsteps of explorer Captain James Cook where he first landed in Australia at Seventeen Seventy; camp on the beachfront in Agnes Water and take a tour in an amphibious vehicle to Bustard Lighthouse; or walk, swim and relax in the twin beach towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands .
Major chain and speciality stores can be found throughout Gladstone City, Calliope, Biloela, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Gladstone is also home to the only Gold Room Cinema in regional Queensland if you like to enjoy your movies with a little extra comfort!
There are plenty of markets around the region too, from the Discovery Coast Markets in Agnes Water (held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month) to the Calliope Historical Village Markets, the Biloela Markets in the Park, and Beach. Arts. Music. in Tannum Sands, which takes place on the first Saturday of the month.
Gladstone Like a Local
If you're wondering where all the locals are, chances are they're offshore reeling in their catch of the day. Tick off your fishing bucket list – from coral trout to red emperor, sweet lip and bass, they’re all here for the catching!
Reel in barramundi and Mangrove Jack at Lake Awoonga, just 30 kilometres from Gladstone, or go freshwater fishing in Lake Callide. Try Boyne Island and Tannum Sands on the Boyne River for excellent saltwater fishing. There's fishing for all anglers in the heart of the Southern great Barrier Reef.