8 places around Gladstone you’ve never heard of (but need to know right now)
Ready for unexpected beauty in all the right places? Let’s take a whirlwind photo adventure around the Gladstone region and learn a little more about the must-see places and things to do, starting with the gorgeous Southern Great Barrier Reef islands that are just off the Gladstone coast!
1. Heron Island
Two hours after leaving the Gladstone Marina, you can be on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, about to pull into Heron Island. For those who love nature and outdoor (and underwater) adventures, Heron Island is a must visit. Here is an itinerary to help you plan your trip!
The Heron Island Jetty
This jetty is not only an arrival and departure point, it’s also your launching pad for spectacular diving and snorkelling adventures. You can also spend hours spotting reef sharks, sting rays and manta rays from this picturesque spot.
Snap on your snorkel and start exploring the underwater world of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Snorkel straight off the island or jump on a boat to a snorkel spot nearby.
HOT TRAVEL TIP: If you time your trip to Heron Island right, you might be lucky enough to see baby turtles hatching! The best time to see the bubba turtles are January to late March.
2. Lady Musgrave Island
Departing from 1770 every day, Lady Musgrave Cruises will deliver you to paradise. Once you arrive at the Lady Musgrave Island lagoon you can explore the island, jump on a glass bottom boat and snorkel to your heart’s content.
Lady Musgrave Island Pontoon
Snap an underwater selfie as you explore the reef!
Camp on Lady Musgrave Island
Extend your day trip by pitching a tent and camping on the island for a few days. Don’t forget your snorkel gear and your camera. Read all the camping details for Lady Musgrave.
3. Gladstone City
Before exploring the rest of the region, get your bearings by taking a walk to Auckland and Round Hill lookouts for 360-degree views of Gladstone City.
4. Tannum Sands
South of Gladstone is Tannum Sands, a stretch of sandy beaches perfect for swimming, sailboarding and water-skiing.
5. Agnes Water and 1770
Catch a sunrise
Head to the water and watch the sunrise (or the sunset if you love your sleep-ins).
Coastal culture at Agnes Water
Explore the coast around Agnes Water. Go for a surf, kayak or try stand up paddle boarding and walk along the coastal paths for epic views.
Spend the afternoon tackling the family tradition of fishing. Here are some top fishing spots around Gladstone to try.
6. Middle Island
Jump on a 1770 Larc Tour to explore Bustard Head lighthouse and sand board down Middle Island’s sand dunes!