Tours and Attractions

Are you ready to take off on an underwater adventure and come face to face with the most vibrant sea life on the reef? Perhaps you’d prefer to be nestled around a campfire in the peaceful country air. Whatever your inner adventurer craves, the Gladstone Region has the perfect tour or attraction to suit you.

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From Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy to Awoonga Dam and climbing Mount Larcom, Gladstone residents think our region has plenty of tourism attractions on offer:

  1. Agnes Water/1770: The picturesque beachside

  2. Lake Awoonga: There is plenty to do at Lake Awoonga, with several boat ramps the fresh water lake is an attraction for fishermen, wake boarders, swimmers, stand up paddle boarders, kayakers and skiers

  3. Mount Larcom climb: This hike is not for the faint hearted, but the view from the top makes it well worth it. Gladstone's prominent landmark makes for an approximate two-hour climb

  4. The Coffee Cruise: Every Wednesday and Sunday the Coffee Cruise departs from the Curtis Ferry Services Terminal and those aboard cruise past the highlights of the Gladstone Harbour and Western Basin

  5. Tannum Sands/Boyne Island: The beachside townships of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands were named as some of Gladstone's best tourist attractions for its fishing, stand up paddle boarding, beaches and river

  6. Boyne Valley: From Ubobo to Kroombit Tops, there's plenty to see in the Boyne Valley

  7. Heron Island: Located on the southern Great Barrier Reef, Heron Island is a picturesque holiday location and a notable tourist attraction for the Gladstone region

  8. Spinnaker Park and East Shores: A popular area for families, East Shores and Spinnaker Park is one of Gladstone’s best tourist attractions


Toondoon Botanic Gardens

Situated on 83 hectares at Mount Biondello, Gladstone’s Tondoon Botanic Gardens is home to more than 1,500 species of plants from the Port Curtis region and Tropical North Queensland. 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.



Gateway to the Reef

Contrasting its industrial side, Gladstone sits on the cusp of the world heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. The city is known as the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, home to what many consider to be some of the top dive and snorkelling sites in the world, including: Like Lady Musgrave and Heron Island, a favourite nesting site for turtles.


Heron Island

Heron Island is located just off the coast of Gladstone and boasts some of the best scuba diving and snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef. Heron Island is also a coral cay and is surrounded by 24 square kilometres of pristine reef.

Like Lady Musgrave, Heron Island is a favourite nesting site for turtles and is home to a huge array of seabirds. Visitors to the island can take a guided walking tour of the reef, view underwater life from the coral submarine, and enjoy a range of diving activities.

There is one resort on the island offering several standards of accommodation designed to suit all tastes and budgets.



Port of Gladstone

The Port of Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, housing the world’s fourth largest coal export terminal. Situated within a natural deep-water harbour, the Port of Gladstone, along with its northern counterpart, Port Alma Shipping Terminal, plays a pivotal role in delivering the region’s natural resources and finished products to customers worldwide.

The Port of Gladstone is also home to the Gladstone Marina, featuring barbecue facilities and playgrounds, wheelchair access, boardwalk shops, a floating marina system and fully equipped outdoor stage. The Marina area is also home to the Gladstone campus of the Central Queensland University.



Lake Awoonga

A little further afield (25 km south of Gladstone) is Lake Awoonga. The recreation area has free barbecues, swimming, landscaped walking trails, as well as a caravan park. The lake has been stocked with several fish species since 1996, and over 2 million barramundis have been released.

In addition to the fishing, Lake Awoonga has many natural attractions, especially the wildlife, with more than 225 species of birds (or over 27% of Australia’s bird species) found in the region. Lake Awoonga is also the primary source of Gladstone’s water supply.