Gladstone lies in an area of secluded beaches and scenic National Parks that make for a perfect outdoor, Queensland holiday.

The natural deep-water harbour of the town is within the World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef, providing easy access to the centre of the Southern Reef.

Take a day trip to one of the many islands offshore and enjoy a day of diving, snorkelling, fishing, reef walking or exploring the native flora and fauna.

If the water isn’t your thing, head out to the National Parks for a 4WD camping adventure where you’ll see our wonderful native wildlife and some incredibly scenic gorges.

Attractions & Things To Do


Islands & Reefs

With direct access to so many reef islands absolutely teeming with marine life, Gladstone is the perfect place to plan an Australian tropical holiday. Head to Boyne Island, Heron Island, Wilson Island or any other along the Capricorn Coast to spend a day diving with our native marine life, go reef walking, watch turtle hatchlings emerge from the sand and paddle down to the shore, or just simply sit back and soak up the sun. Take an organised tour or make the most of a personalised reef tour.

Lake Awoonga

Lake Awoonga is a bustling recreation area just south of Gladstone. While the lake is the primary source of Gladstone’s water supply it is also open for swimming and fishing of the millions of fish species that have been stocked in the lake. The lakeside area has free barbecues, landscaped walking trails, a caravan park and several species of birds and wildlife.

Gladstone Hinterland

The Gladstone Hinterland offers the Banana Shire for the chance to experience a genuine bush holiday. Explore the scenic gorges, amazing National Parks, outback station life, and the friendly little communities that dot the shire.

Gladstone experiences a mean temperature of 18 Celsius throughout the year with a clear wet and dry season. The summer months experience heavier rainfall while winter sees a more moderate rainfall.

Getting There

Gladstone is easily accessible by most forms of transport. There are regular flights from Brisbane to Gladstone Airport, and there are several Queensland Rail passenger trains that stop on their way through.

The Dawson Highway originates in Gladstone and is the main road access into the city.

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