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Gladstone
Travel Guide

Gladstone

The coral cays of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, sandstone wilderness and lakes brimming with barramundi are all within easy reach of this busy harbour town.

Explore offshore islands and dine on freshly caught seafood in Gladstone, an ocean-fronting town in the heart of a region of the same name. Stroll along Gladstone’s marina parklands and enjoy harbour views while you plan your next trip on the Capricorn Coast. Adventure isn’t hard to find in this exciting region, where pristine coral reefs and forest-fringed lakes are just a short distance away.

You’ll find an informative visitor centre on Gladstone’s picturesque waterfront. Walk along the paved esplanade that extends from the marina and spot fishing boats coming in to moor. Have a coffee at the marina’s café while you select from a range of tour operators and options. Catch the local ferry to reef destinations or embark on a sightseeing tour of the region’s breathtaking offshore coral cays, which are framed by ribbons of white sand. Head to Heron Island, Curtis Island or Wilson Island and snorkel or scuba dive to see some of the area’s diverse marine species up-close. You might spot turtles, manta rays, clownfish and dolphins.

Kick back and enjoy family-friendly swimming spots at Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. Take a refreshing dip or cast a line at Lake Awoonga, where barramundi and mangrove jack fish are among the species you can hook. You’ll find barbecue facilities, shelters and long stretches of walking paths at these destinations.

Take a day off adventuring to learn about Gladstone’s heritage. Check out Tondoon Botanic Gardens or stroll up to Auckland Point, a hilltop lookout that affords expansive views of the town’s harbour and industrial architecture. In nearby River Ranch, you can explore the Calliope River Historical Village and breathtaking hinterland scenery. Rent a four-wheel drive car to tour around the rugged outback tracks in Calliope and Miriam Vale.

Reach Gladstone by plane to Gladstone’s regional airport or Rockhampton, situated a little over an hour’s drive north. Choose from luxurious island resorts and modern hotels for your accommodation in Gladstone. The relaxed seaside hamlets of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy are 90-minutes’ drive away.

Where to stay in Gladstone

Rydges Gladstone
Rydges Gladstone
3.5 out of 5
100 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, QLD
Free Cancellation
The price is $67 per night from May 9 to May 10
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum and Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre. ...
3.6/5Good! (322 reviews)
"Check was easy and efficient. The woman who checked us in was super friendly and helpful. Our boys loved the pool. Was a great pit stop between Townsville and Brisbane."

Reviewed on Jan 11, 2021

Rydges Gladstone
Gladstone Central Plaza
Gladstone Central Plaza
4.5 out of 5
52 Oaka Lane, Gladstone, QLD
The price is $89 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Yacht Club, ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (195 reviews)
great stay
"Such a convenient location and stay in Gladstone. The room was spacious and we had a washing machine and a dryer which was great for our road trip. Super clean rooms"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Gladstone Central Plaza
Aaron Motel
Aaron Motel
3.5 out of 5
6 Scenery Street, West Gladstone, QLD
The price is $53 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Located in West Gladstone, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Gladstone Hospital, Gladstone Yacht Club, and Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum. Gladstone ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (233 reviews)
"It was a good location"

Reviewed on Apr 8, 2021

Aaron Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Gladstone Central Plaza
Gladstone Central Plaza
4.5 out of 5
52 Oaka Lane, Gladstone, QLD
The price is $89 per night from Apr 26 to Apr 27
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Yacht Club, ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (195 reviews)
great stay
"Such a convenient location and stay in Gladstone. The room was spacious and we had a washing machine and a dryer which was great for our road trip. Super clean rooms"

Reviewed on Jan 18, 2021

Gladstone Central Plaza
Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
79 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, QLD
The price is $91 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum, ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (573 reviews)
"Property was clean and provided excellent views of Gladstone harbour. It was a close walk to pubs etc."

Reviewed on Apr 12, 2021

Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel
Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
66 Oaka Lane, Gladstone, QLD
The price is $76 per night from Apr 23 to Apr 24
Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum, ...
4.4/5Excellent! (231 reviews)
"Modern. Simple but nice. Close to the town centre."

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2021

Gladstone City Central Apartment Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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