Beach in Town of 1770, Queensland, Australia.
Glad to Be Here

Cruise to Gladstone, Australia

Cruises to Gladstone, Australia take you to a land of contrasts, where one of Australia's most important industrial cities is surrounded by natural wonders. At the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone connects travellers to the largest coral reef in the world. Ocean adventures like hopping over to nearby islands, reeling a fish in on the open sea, snorkelling with turtles and catching a wave are never far away. Heron Island, Wilson Island and Curtis Island are within Gladstone's reach. North and south along the coastline, scenic sandy coves await those in search of beach time bliss. These beaches are found in the friendly twin towns of Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water, home to Queensland's most northerly surf spot. Inland, a hinterland rife with wildlife beckons – birds, kangaroos, wallabies and small marsupials abound. While Gladstone is famous for its access to so many landscapes, the city itself shouldn't be missed. It's one of the largest commodity ports in the world, and watching large ships come and go is a sight to behold. Intriguing museums, innovative restaurants, a seaside brewery, parks galore and the beauty of its calm blue waters make a Gladstone, Australia trip one that won't be forgotten.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Australian Dollar (AUD)

Things To Do in Gladstone

Great barrier reef fish

Seas the Day

Great barrier reef fish

Great barrier reef fish

Seas the Day

With Gladstone being a major port and home to one of the largest boat-owning communities in Australia, the love of water runs strong here. A few of the best ways to enjoy the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef is on a snorkelling tour to a coral reef cay, an open ocean fishing trip or a day trip sailing to the surrounding islands.

Discovery Scenic Drive will lead you all to the stunning locations of Gladstone

Blissed Out Beach Day

Discovery Scenic Drive will lead you all to the stunning locations of Gladstone

Discovery Scenic Drive will lead you all to the stunning locations of Gladstone

Blissed Out Beach Day

Grab a towel and spend your day exploring the uncrowded beaches within the Gladstone region. At Tannum Sands Beach, a couple of miles of golden sands make for prime sandcastle territory. If swimming is your thing, the calm waters of 1770 Beach in Agnes Water are calling.

Stone path and trees at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia
Stone path and trees at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens in Gladstone, Queensland, Australia

Get Back to Nature

Gladstone, Australia travel is synonymous with aquatic adventures, but there's plenty to see and do on terra firma. Stroll through the Tondoon Botanic Gardens to admire the many tropical and subtropical rainforest plants. Walking trails meander along the shore of Lake Tondoon, found at the foothill of Mount Biondello.

Grilled Barramundi, served with a Greek-style Salad
Grilled Barramundi, served with a Greek-style Salad

LOCAL CUISINE

Go to Gladstone, Australia and eat well. The area is famous for its seafood, where the freshest catch is on display at the Gladstone Fish Market. Plates of salt and pepper calamari, grilled barramundi and lobster await. Pair it with a beer from Auckland House, where true brew aficionados will enjoy a taste-explosion experience.

Young couple are looking at a jewellery stall in Queen Victoria Market, Australia.
Young couple are looking at a jewellery stall in Queen Victoria Market, Australia.

SHOPPING

No Gladstone, Australia holiday is complete without a stop at the Feast on East Markets. Set on the waterfront, this colourful and family-friendly market hosts stalls selling artwork made by local artists, fashion-forward clothing, home decor and more. Live music, barbecue stands and a turquoise ocean steps from the market add to its laid-back atmosphere.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Wear comfortable walking shoes to explore the museums, gardens and city streets.
2 With over 200 festivals and events per year, research whether your arrival will coincide with a fun occasion.
3 Don't forget insect repellent if you'll be venturing into parks or gardens.
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