Basking in a subtropical climate, Gladstone is surrounded by gorgeous beaches, offshore islands and unscathed coral cays. Referred to as the “gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef”, Gladstone is within reach of some of Australia’s best scuba diving and snorkelling sites.
Things to do in Gladstone
Hike to the summit of Auckland Hill for panoramic views of Gladstone Harbour and its spectacular islands. After working up an appetite, venture down to Goondoon Street where laid-back cafes, restaurants and bars lure you in with cocktails, freshly-roasted coffee and Gladstone’s famous mud crab.
Snorkel or dive on Lady Musgrave Island, the only coral cay of its kind on the Great Barrier Reef. The vast turquoise lagoon boasts an abundance of coral and tropical fish, including giant rainbow trout, manta rays and turtles. Those looking to immerse themselves in the island’s natural beauty can camp overnight amongst the Pisonia Forest and abundant bird life.
Witness turtle hatchlings enter the sea for the first time on Heron Island, home to over 4,000 Green and Loggerhead turtles. If you’d like to learn more about the region’s diverse marine life, take a guided tour of the University of Queensland Research Station on the island.
Keen to tick off fishing from your bucket list? Gladstone’s rivers, estuaries and beaches are terrific for casting a line. Join an ocean charter or head to Lake Awoonga to reel in barramundi, spend an afternoon kayaking or enjoy a barbecue lunch.
Getting around Gladstone
Gladstone is easily accessible by train, car or plane. Gladstone Airport is a 10-minute drive from the city centre, which is serviced by local buses and taxis. Boats depart for the offshore islands regularly from Gladstone Marina.