Heron Island, Queensland, Australia
Visit Heron island
Heron Island, on the Great barrier Reef off Gladstone, is a richly vegetated coral cay with an established resort, research station and Marine Parks ranger base. This is an important nesting ground for Green Turtles (October - March is turtle-breeding season), black noddy terns and wedge-tailed shearwaters. There are dozens of dive locations within 15 minutes of the harbour. Shore and off-shore snorkelling can be undertaken.
Gladstone Visitor Information Centre, Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
Remember to drop into the accredited Visitor Information Centre where you can book your tours, transport and activities to help you prepare for an adventurous holiday in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.
Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630
Weekends & PH 0900 - 1300 (Subject to Volunteer availability)
Closed Christmas Day
East Shores Water Park, Gladstone
East Shores Water Park
Features a state-of-the-art water park, new parklands, waterfront boardwalk and viewing platform.
There are also historical artefacts such as anchors and bollards from the old Auckland Point Wharf, and the Sea Hill Lighthouse originally erected on Curtis Island.
A popular facility for families and people of all ages to enjoy!
Shop 5, 61-77 Dawson Road Gladstone, Queensland 4680
Gladstone Cinemas is an Independent Cinema Exhibition Centre locally owned and operated in the Gladstone Region. Boasting seven state-of-the-art theatres including a luxurious licensed Gold Room and 3D viewing entertainment. The latest in movie entertainment in quality comfort at affordable prices!
Gladstone Cinemas Takes You Away!
P: 07 4972 0015
58 Goondoon Street Gladstone, Queensland 4680
Gladstone Entertainment & Convention Centre
There is always something happening at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, situated in the heart of Gladstone! The newly redeveloped facility is one of regional Queensland's premier entertainment venues, attracting new entertainment, conferences and events never before seen in the region.
The recent expansion has seen the addition of a new multi-use convention and event floor space that will increase the venue's capacity to 1,500 standing and allow it to host larger and higher-profile events and concerts.
New flat floor spaces complement the centre's existing auditorium, which seats 674 people, allowing the entertainment centre to host multiple events at any one time.
Additional conference rooms have been added which can be configured to provide multiple spaces to host workshops, seminars and meetings. Each space is completed with the most up to date electronic, video and data displays, coupled with fibre optic and wireless internet connectivity.
Providing further event space the silk lined air-conditioned Marquee returns to its hardstand where it will be ready to host dinners, trade shows and functions.
The new Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre delivers on its designers attention to detail to provide the city with a venue that will perform well into the future.
P: 07 4972 2822
1 Francis Ward Drive, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Gladstone Maritime Museum
Gladstone Maritime Museum's displays focus on but are not limited to the maritime history of the Curtis Coast and the Capricorn-Bunker Coral Islands. Displays cover discovery and exploration of the focus area, settlement, early and current industry, Naval involvement and recreational use of the region.
Notable displays include the "Wreck Wall" showing shipwreck location up until recent times, and the "Jenny Lind" figurehead with the story of the self-rescue saga following the shipwreck on Kenn Reef.
A number of very detailed models illustrate early sailing vessels, naval vessels, and even the paddlesteamer "PS Premier" which provided the passenger link from the end of the Railway at Gladstone through the narrows to Rockhampton over a century ago.
Group tours are available, please contact their friendly volunteers for bookings.
P: 07 4972 0810
Goondoon Street Corner Bramston Street Gladstone, Queensland 4680
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
The Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum was established in 1985 and is a community cultural initiative funded by the Gladstone Regional Council. It is dedicated to promoting art and heritage for and by the communities of the Gladstone Region and Central Queensland, acting as a focal point for the preservation and display of the region's history and cultural heritage.
Housed in the heritage listed old Gladstone Town Hall, the current Gallery/Museum buildings are linked by a glass bridge walkway, purpose-built to accommodate the nineteenth century marble statue of the Region's namesake, William Ewart Gladstone.
The Gallery/Museum houses an extensive collection of local history objects and resources. Early Beginnings - The Discovery of Port Curtis provides you with useful contextual information to complement viewing their collection
P: 07 4976 6766
F: 07 4972 9097
Bruce Highway Corner of Carrara Road Calliope, Queensland 4680
Calliope River Historical Village
The Calliope River Historical Village is a true heritage experience which has captured and preserved some of the original buildings from around the Gladstone Region.
Come and spend some time looking at unique and interesting displays, including the Calliope River Railway facility which includes a Queensland Rail coach, two camp wagons and the Yarwun station. Take a trip down memory lane in the Raglan Dance Hall, or visit the country Markets which are held on site, with stall holders from as far away as the Gold Coast selling their wares.
The museum and tours operate daily at a small cost.
P: 07 4978 7502
Bryan Jordan Drive, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
With an emphasis on marine activity and boasting one of the highest boat ownerships per capita in Australia, it should come as no surprise that the Gladstone Marina is a modern complex for yachting, boating and fishing activities.
The Gladstone Marina Parklands, immaculately maintained by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, has barbecue facilities and playgrounds, public toilets, wheelchair access, a fully-equipped outdoor stage and extensive grassed areas for picnics, playing and even a game of cricket!
The Marina area is also home to the Gladstone campus of the Central Queensland University and the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre.
Throughout the year, the Marina Parklands come alive with activities and celebrations, including the annual Harbour Festival and Multicultural Festival.
The Gladstone Marina is the departure point for charter boats, the Heron Island Ferry and also provides mooring for privately owned yachts. The Gladstone Harbour is the final destination for one of Australia's premier blue water events, the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
P: 07 4976 1398
60 Tank Street Gladstone, Queensland 4680
Gladstone Aquatic Centre
The Gladstone Aquatic Centre is a public swimming facility located in the heart of the Gladstone City. Relax and enjoy the tropical surrounds and expansive grassed picnic areas for play and sunsmart shaded areas to escape the sun. There is an onsite kiosk for snacks, drinks and the obligatory ice-pole on a hot summer's day.
The Aquatic Centre has a 50 metre outdoor pool and 25 metre indoor heated pool plus the newly opened 'Splash Zone' water park which will keep the kids entertained for hours!
Gladstone Aquatic Centre also offers learn to swim programs and is home to the Gladstone Gropers Swimming Club.
P: 07 4972 6822
Alf O'Rourke Drive, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Award winning Spinnaker Park was officially opened in 2001 by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, the park has become the premier recreation area of Gladstone City.
Two and a half kilometres of educational walking tracks along the ocean wall, through native wetlands and ponds makes the park excellent for walking, riding or rollerblading. The beached cove is wonderful for a dip on a warm day while the barbecue and picnic areas make it a great place to entertain.
The grassy areas of Spinnaker Park are fantastic for barbecues, picnics, birthday parties, events and more. Sheltered seating areas and public amenities are provided for visitor's convenience.
700 Glenlyon Road, Tondoon Botanic Gardens Gladstone, Queensland 4680
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are home to an impressive species of plants from the Port Curtis Region and Tropical North Queensland. The gardens are set upon an 83 hectare site with a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Officially opened in 1988, the gardens provide local residents and visitors with a place of inspiration, recreation and relaxation and is a popular place for picnics, cultural and ceremonial events.
Take a stroll around the Japanese Tea Gardens, and the numerous walking tracks throughout the gardens and discover superbly cultivated gardens nestled into Mount Biondello.
Lake Tondoon situated in the centre of the gardens once provided the source of Gladstone's water supply until 1945. Today the lake provides a habitat for a variety of freshwater birds.
Free guided tours of the gardens are available each week. Picnic areas with electric barbecues, tables and chairs, toilets and kids playground are all available, free of charge.
Each year Tondoon Gardens play host to 'Ecofest'. Established in 1998, Ecofest is one of the Nation's biggest environmental awareness events held in June.
535 Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy, Queensland, 4677, Australia
1770 LARC Tour
For a trip you will never forget, jump aboard the pink LARC - an amphibious craft that will take you for a ride across deserted sandy beaches and pristine estuaries as you make your way to the isolated Bustard Head Lighthouse located within Eurimbula National Park. This is Queensland's only operating Lighthouse open to the public!
You'll hear the tales of tragedy and triumph as early white settlers and lighthouse keepers struggled to tame this remote wilderness. You will have a guided tour in the light keeper's cottage, now a museum of artefacts and light station memorabilia. You will see some of the prolific wildlife that inhabits the area and you will gasp in awe at the spectacular panoramic view from the balcony of the historic Bustard Head Lighthouse.
And on the way home, you can experience the thrill of sand boarding down the towering dunes of Middle Island. The LARC's (Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo Vessels) are named in honour of Sir Joseph Banks and Dr Daniel Carl Solander, the two eminent botanists who accompanied Lieutenant James Cook aboard the Endeavour on their voyage of discovery. Full day tour includes morning tea, lunch and an Aussie Billy tea.
P: 07 4974 9422
520 Captain Cook Drive, Seventeen Seventy, Queensland, 4677, Australia
1770 Liquid Adventures
1770 Liquid Adventures offer guided kayak tours and kayak hire in the picturesque Town of 1770, the birthplace of Queensland!
Join 1770 Liquid Adventures on a fully guided sunset kayak adventure around the spectacular 1770 headland and conservation reserve. Try your skills at kayak surfing, get up close and personal with dolphins and turtles, visit James Cook's first landing point or just cruise and marvel at the variety of secluded beaches and coves. Enjoy a glass of wine and snacks while watching one of the spectacular ocean sunsets, 1770 is famous for.
Families will enjoy the guided family fun tour in the morning which includes bird and marine life identification for the kids, morning tea and beach games and of course - kayaking!
Enjoy the tranquillity of the mangroves, explore secret canals, learn and hear about mangroves and local history on their eco style 1770 creek explorer tour. Spot a variety of bird life, stingrays, estuarine dolphins and more.
P: 04 2895 6630
M: 0428 956 630
Fitzroy Reef Lagoon Seventeen Seventy, Queensland 4677
1770 Fitzroy Reef Lagoon
Situated 32 nautical miles (or 90 minutes) from Seventeen Seventy is the spectacular 2,000 acre Fitzroy Reef. The only naturally formed, all tidal entrance Lagoon on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, it boasts a diverse range of spectacular corals and bommies - perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Marine life that call Fitzroy Reef Lagoon home include Manta rays, Bull rays, Eagle rays, the Lagoon ray with its iridescent blue spots and also the black blotched stingray, Dolphins (bottlenose, common and spinner), Turtles (Loggerhead, Green and Hawksbill) and up to 1,000 different species of small colourful fish. Visitors can expect to see nearly one million individual fish while snorkelling the bombies of Fitzroy! Sharks (white and black tip reef sharks) majestically cruise through the Lagoon - totally uninterested in people.
Access to Fitzroy Reef Lagoon is by private vessel.
Shop 2/535 Captain Cook Drive 1770 Marina Seventeen Seventy, Queensland 4677
Lady Musgrave Cruises
Lady Musgrave Cruises, operating for over 20 years, travel daily to one of the seven natural wonders of the world - The Great Barrier Reef. Travel to Lady Musgrave Island and lagoon, a lagoon of approximately 3000 hectares with over 350 varieties of pristine colourful coral and 1300 species of tropical fish. Experience the only navigable lagoon and coral island on the Great Barrier Reef. Cruise in sheer comfort on the Spirit of 1770 and moor alongside the floating pontoon, Reef Sanctuary. Lady Musgrave lagoon is a true Coral Cay.
Departing daily at 8.30am from the town of Seventeen Seventy, just over five hours drive from Brisbane, and the closest point by sea to Lady Musgrave Island, you can spend more time on the reef and less time travelling by sea. You will experience snorkelling, island walking, glass bottom boat, coral viewing, semi-submersible submarine tours, diving, fishing and fish feeding. Swim with turtles and in season view whales cruising to and from Seventeen Seventy. Lady Musgrave Island and her magical coral fringed lagoon are the perfect location to explore Australia's Great Barrier Reef first hand. Experience all the Southern Great Barrier Reef has to offer.
P: 07 4974 9077
Toll FREE 1800 631 770
22-24 Roseberry Street, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
RockSalt Bar & Grill
Rocksalt Bar and Grill offers quality dining at the heart of Gladstone. The restaurant menu is Modern Australian with Asian influences. Seafood lovers will be happy you can order your oysters half a dozen ways here. For drinks and nibbles, Rocksalt's bar, called Bebida, and its al fresco beer garden offer a range of beers, quirky cocktails and boutique wine labels.
P: 07 4972 9884
3 Oaka Lane, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Tables on Flinders
Carnivores rejoice! Tables on Flinders specialises in serving the freshest, finest seafood and steak in Gladstone. While you're enjoying your meal, take in the views of Gladstone harbour from the al fresco dining area; best on a lazy summers afternoon but cosy when the heaters are rolled out in the cooler months, too. Guests can choose to extend their dining pleasure (both in time and in plates) by choosing the seven-course tasting menu. Ask the helpful staff to recommend a wine; each dish meets its match in the wine rack.
P: 07 4972 8322
Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Glenlyon Road, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Gardens Cafe - Botanic Gardens
The Gardens Cafe is set on a lake within Gladstone Botanic Gardens. Sit on the deck overlooking the water; the kids can watch the ducks and the turtles that sidle up to the banks while you enjoy barista-made coffee. The Gardens Cafe offers all-day breakfast, plus light snacks and sandwiches and more substantial Modern Australian meals, like burgers and salads. The property is available for function hire, with RSA-qualified staff employed for drinks service.
P: 0745 888 8721
2/58 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
An espresso and wine bar with a unique drink offering and charcuterie menu to match.
The Lightbox has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere offering something for everyone - ranging from coffee, breakfast to a contemporary, stylish after 5 bar with some of the best cocktails and beer on tap in town.
P:07 4972 2698
700 Glenlyon Road, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Gecko Valley Winery
The Gecko Valley Winery showcases all that is beautiful about Gladstone. Enjoy locally grown wine, dine in their Rose Garden cafe, see the local art works and fine designer jewellery, and make the most of the nature walking trails. Visit their multi award winning Tourism Attraction, Winery, and Cafe at Gecko Valley Winery.
P: 07 4979 0400
M: 0409 790 400
1 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Gladstone Yacht Club
Located at the bottom end of Goondoon Street, south of the Gladstone Marina, the Gladstone Yacht Club provides a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere in which to dine. A local's favourite for over a decade, the restaurant offers an extensive al a carte menu that caters for everything from vegetarian to gluten-free eaters. Table reservations are recommended to get the best waterfront views, and larger scale functions are a regular occurrence.
P: 07 4972 2294
79 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, Queensland, 4680, Australia
Ribs & Rumps
Gladstone, a popular coastline retreat for both Queenslanders and tourists alike, offers you stunning scenery when choosing your restaurant. Ribs and Rumps is the place you want to visit if you’re on the hunt for quality, huge portions and an atmosphere that suits all occasions. With a menu including all forms of grilled meat, seafood and desserts, the whole family is catered for!
P: 07 4839 0099