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Updated by Heidi Gallagher on Mar 24, 2016
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Top Five Attractions in Gladstone

Tipped to be one of Queensland's best kept secrets Gladstone is no ordinary tourist hub Down Under. From natural wonders to paradise islands here are some of the area's must-visit attractions.


Agnes Water and 1770

Often regarded as one of Gladstone's most picturesque tourist hotspots the historic townships of Agnes Water and 1770 offer visitors a trip back in time to the area's illustrious legacy as an area frequented by Captain Cook no less. Records say that the iconic captain and his crew landed in this tranquil township as early as 1770 and the town and its breathtaking surroundings have been a favorite pit stop for tourists exploring Gladstone's most quaint corners. Activities such as game fishing and surfing are popular in the area while catching the sunrise here is also regarded as a rite of passage for first time visitors.


Heron Island

A mere two hours boat ride away from the Gladstone Marina Heron Island is another point of interest visitors vacationing in the area should not miss on a tour of the area. Occupying the southern reaches of the Great Barrier Reef this idyllic island paradise is not only an island hopper's dream come true but a Mecca for water sports enthusiasts as well. Renowned for the plethora of underwater activities and outdoor excursions available on the island scuba diving fanatics and snorkellers should not miss the opportunity to dive beneath the surface to discover the wealth of marine life occupying the water surrounding the island. Frequently spotted marine creatures include sting rays, manta rays and reef sharks while those who head out to the island during the months from January to March can also witness turtles laying eggs on the beach.


Lady Musgrave Island

Easily accessible from 1770 via a daily boat transfer a visit to Lady Musgrave Island is another must-have experience for vacationers travelling around Gladstone. Best known for the azure hued lagoon which surrounds its confines this little piece of paradise is a snorkelling haven. With its sea beds littered with coral reefs and marine life visitors who wish to stay dry while exploring what lies beneath can also enjoy a glass bottom boat ride around the island. A well-known camping hub for locals and tourists alike, visitors based in a Gladstone hotel such as the Oaks Grand Gladstone can make arrangements to enjoy a camping trip to the island via the hotel.



Hiking enthusiasts and nature lovers in Gladstone must visit Calliope, one of the area's most verdant reaches. Perhaps best known for the national park and rainforest contained within its town limits Calliope is a charming hinterland getaway option for the whole family. Laden with hiking trails, panoramic lookout points and historic residences visitors can also experience horse riding activities and bush camping excursions in Calliope. Points of interest inside Calliope include the Calliope River Historical Village and the Calliope Central Shopping Village.


Tannum Sands

Beach lovers holidaying in Gladstone must spend a day frolicking in the white, sandy beaches at Tannum Sands. Perfect for family picnics and sunbathing the beaches offer visitors a scenic spot to enjoy a wide range of activities including swimming and water skiing. Sailboarders will also find the pristine stretch of beach ideal for their water sport of choice while this series of beaches located to the south of Gladstone town also provide a welcome break from the bustle of Gladstone City.