Discover the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef on a holiday to Gladstone in Queensland where plenty of fun sightseeing, cultural exploration and exciting adventures await.
Planning a Visit
Those planning to drive from Brisbane can reach the Gladstone Region (450 km away) via the Bruce Highway; a faster option would be to take a 50-minute plane ride to the local airport. The city is connected to train and bus services too. Look to stay at hotels Gladstone, QLD has to offer in the CBD for easy access to attractions.
A great place to begin your tour is at the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, a short walk from the Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel. You can traverse the Gladstone City Heritage Walk (2 km) to visit historical sites, while other local attractions include the East Shores Maritime Precinct and the Gladstone Marina.
One of the best things to do in Gladstone is to explore the Southern Great Barrier Reef and its islands. Popular options include taking excursions to Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island where you can enjoy swimming, snorkelling, diving and spotting diverse marine life be it fish, mantas, reef sharks, turtles or stingrays.
Those based in Gladstone can also visit some of the surrounding towns and communities which provide much to experience; Tannum Sands offers plenty of beachside bliss and water sports, while also within easy reach are 1770 and Agnes Water, laid-back coastal towns popular for surfing, fishing, stand-up paddleboarding and other fun activities.