Gladstone is a nature-lover’s nirvana, packed with countless wonderful ways to enjoy the great outdoors. Situated in the centre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone has it all, with surf beaches, tropical islands, coral cays and rivers teeming with fish.

If you need a picturesque escape, check into a beach shack in town, or any of the peaceful surrounding seaside villages like Seventeen Seventy. Gladstone is a short flight out of Brisbane of just over an hour, or about a day’s drive for the road trippers.

Things to Do

Learn to surf:

Check out Agnes Water, the northern-most surf beach in Queensland and learn from the best at the local surf schools.

Fishing:

Gladstone’s top fishing spots include Lake Awoonga (home to barramundi, mangrove jack, grunter and perch), and the boat-access-only Pancake Creek.

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum:

Located in the heritage-listed former town hall, the Art Gallery and Museum is dedicated to promoting art and heritage for the communities of the Gladstone Region and Central Queensland.

Breathtaking sunlight:

The Town of Seventeen Seventy is surrounded on three sides by the Coral Sea, making it one of the few places on the east coast of Australia where you can see both sunrise and sunset over the water.