At the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the Gladstone Region is known as the outdoor wonderland of Central Queensland.
Ideally located 500km north of Brisbane, Gladstone is the ‘engine room’ of Australia which boasts major industry, but it is also a friendly country town with beautiful surroundings and unique nature-based attractions.
The regional city offers everything from stunning secluded coral cays at your doorstep, to untouched hinterland with breathtaking ranges and national parks.
With so much to offer by way of tourism, the Gladstone Region encompasses coastal, city and rural destinations, venues and attractions. Having an enviable climate all year round certainly makes it easy to enjoy outdoor leisure and sightseeing opportunities through all four seasons.
Soak up the secluded beauty and the unique outdoor experiences awaiting you … from snorkelling the crystal clear waters off nearby islands or taking a scenic flight over the reef, to mud crabbing or fishing at some of Queensland’s greatest fishing spots such as Lake Awoonga.
Gladstone Harbour is also home to the Quoin Island Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of ill and injured sea turtles.
Just one and a half hours drive to the south of Gladstone, Agnes Water and the Town of 1770, have Queensland's most northern surf beaches. These postcard perfect seaside communities are home to a bright pink amphibious craft allowing you to access and explore the National Parks, restored lighthouse and pristine waterways.
The combination of experiences including a wander through the enchanting Paperbark Forest, a dip in the ocean or stand-up paddle boarding in the picturesque calm inlets make these twin towns a must see.
When arriving at the new world-class cruise terminal you will be welcomed by our Gladstone Region Ambassadors before being treated to a carnival-like atmosphere as the Gladstone Ports Corporation’s East Shores precinct comes alive with markets, street performers and local tours.
The fabulous parklands also boast the Waterfront Café and brewery, Auckland House.
The Gladstone Region; a jewel in the nation’s crown is Queensland’s best-kept holiday secret and your new favourite destination to visit.