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What to do in the Gladstone Region: A Visitor’s Guide  

The gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, the Gladstone Region is known for its’ incredible juxtaposition of industry, nature and of course, the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. Home to some of the most stunning coral reefs in the world, our thriving region is an untouched paradise.  

The shimmering water of Gladstone Harbour and its surrounding Marina parklands continue to attract people to the city from around the globe and encourage further exploration of our remarkable region. 

Visitors to our area are overwhelmed by the natural beauty and charmed by our warm regional hospitality. Honestly, you may never want to leave! 

 

Heron Island
Gladstone aerial view

What to do in the Gladstone Region!

There are so many amazing things to do in Gladstone, from visiting popular tourist destinations to enjoying a fancy meal and luxury accommodation.

If you’re planning a visit to Gladstone, don’t miss out on the best destinations the city has to offer. Here’s our go-to guide to help you decide what to do in Gladstone!

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Are you planning to visit Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre from out of town? There are plenty of things to do in the Gladstone Region while you’re visiting. Head onto the waters for an island adventure to Heron Island or Lady Musgrave Island to swim, snorkel or dive the Southern Great Barrier Reef.  

Visit the nearby coastal towns of Agnes Water, Seventeen Seventy and Tannum Sands, where you can also see turtles hatching between January and April. Explore Deepwater National Park, see the sandstone escarpments and gorges of Kroombit Tops National Park, or take a canoe adventure down Baffle Creek. There’s abundant natural beauty to enjoy across the Gladstone Region. 

Gladstone Attractions

Wondering what to see in Gladstone? Beyond the Great Barrier Reef and the spectacular national parks, here are just a few of the city’s greatest attractions to immerse yourself in. 

  • The GECC is the perfect place to find the latest Gladstone events, from comedy festivals to theatre shows and everything in between!

    With a rolling roster of events, there’s always something new to see. Attend a musical performance or a stage play and celebrate the best in Gladstone arts!

    What's on at the GECC

    This premier entertainment venue in the heart of Gladstone has undergone a state-of-the-art redevelopment and expansion. Boasting multi-purpose architecture and multi-functional spaces, the GECC can be configured to your needs. The experienced team at the GECC can help you organise your next event – whether big or small. 

    Thinking about holding an event in Gladstone? Check out the services and facilities on offer at the GECC. 

    Find out more about the GECC (FAQ)

  • The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are one of Gladstone’s greatest gems, just a short drive from the CBD and offering free entry.  

    Stroll amongst the tropical and subtropical rainforest plants and discover the beautiful natural wonders Queensland is famous for. Don’t forget your walking shoes!

Dining

When deciding what to eat in Gladstone, there are so many options to choose from! Go on a taste adventure along Goondoon Street and sample from one of the many casual or formal dining choices including Coffee Club (daytime shows), Oak and Vine (evenings), Ban Thai, Rocksalt, Naina’s Indian Cuisine or the Reef Hotel, all within five-minutes walking distance of the GECC.

Here are some of Gladstone’s best local cafes, restaurants, and eateries.

  • Offering a wide range of beverages and an amazing menu, Rocksalt Restaurant and Bar is a popular destination for Gladstone residents and visitors alike.

    Relax in the lounge or dining areas, or choose a spot on the outdoor terrace. Enjoy delicious restaurant-quality food with something to suit every palate. 

  • Ban Thai Bar and Restaurant is home to some of the best Thai food in Gladstone, making it the perfect place to grab a bite.

    Choose from an extensive selection of authentic Thai cuisine and relax with friends in a welcoming restaurant atmosphere. Don’t forget a drink!

  • Got some time to spare before the start of your daytime show at the GECC? Wander down to the Coffee Club at the Gladstone Grand Hotel on Goondoon Street for a quick coffee and a pre-show snack, or relax with friends and ‘review’ the show over a leisurely coffee and cake.

  • Yearning for a good old-fashioned burger? This family owned and operated café in the heart of Gladstone has the goods. Open for breakfast and brunch, Cotton Mill Café knows how to dish up a hearty country feed.

  • Open for lunch and dinner, wander down Goondoon Street to The Deli Plate. Whether it’s coffee and a gourmet treat or something more substantial, you’ll be sure to find something you love on the menu with its diverse offering of palate-pleasers. 

  • Dimitris Mediterranean Restaurant is a little hidden gem on Roseberry Street and will delight you with its authentic Mediterranean cuisine. Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday from 5.30 pm to late, sit back and enjoy a leisurely meal in a sophisticated setting. 

  • Whether you want to unwind with a pint or fuel up after a day at the GECC, the Queens Hotel is where the party starts. A family-run hotel with pub and steakhouse, their steaks, ribs and burgers are hard to beat. Wheelchair accessible.

  • Looking for some extra fun with your meal? Head on down to the newly renovated Central Lane Hotel. Grab a bite to eat at the Public Bar or the Bistro and enjoy a game in Gladstone’s only ten pin bowling alley.

  • You know the food is good when a restaurant has been around for 20 years! Aromatic Thai cuisine served up by the Thai owner and chef. Located in the City Plaza, Thai Classic Restaurant is open seven days a week. Make sure you book ahead to avoid the queue.

  • The Gladstone Grand Hotel’s Oak and Vine restaurant has your typical great value bistro style meals and bar set in a bright leafy interior. The Oak and Vine is a terrific venue to take the kids along for a meal. 

  • Love authentic Indian food? Naina’s Kitchen is the place for you. With freshly prepared dishes using carefully sourced seasonal ingredients, Naina’s dishes will delight the senses. Vegan and gluten free dishes available.

  • With three bars and an award-winning restaurant, The Reef Hotel serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, which can be enjoyed overlooking the Gladstone Harbour from their deck.

Accommodation

Need a place to stay on your Gladstone trip? Try one of these local accommodation providers!

  • Our accommodation partner, Central Apartment Group, always have good rooms available at reasonable prices and are conveniently located across the road from us. We are also a five-minute walk from the Oaks, Rydges, the Reef Hotel, and many more.

  • Operating since 1856, Reef Hotel Gladstone today is home to 52 rooms, three bars and a rooftop pool! What more could you ask for?

    Book a room and stay in the heart of Gladstone, all while enjoying access to 40 pokies and an award-winning restaurant within the hotel grounds.

  • Mantra Gladstone is located close to some of Gladstone’s best attractions, offering spacious rooms and comfortable accommodation.

    Kick back and relax in hotel luxury in your room, or walk easily to the world-class Gladstone marina, just a short stroll away.

  • Gladstone Central Plaza Apartment Hotel is one of the best places to stay in Gladstone, offering a city location and fantastic amenities. 

    Enjoy 4-star hotel luxury and onsite pool, gym, spa, and corporate lounge facilities. When you’re ready to explore the city, just cross the road to reach the GECC!

  • Not here just for an overnight stay? All rooms at the Oaks Gladstone have kitchen and laundry facilities. Modern and beautifully appointed with views over the city, mountain ranges or Gladstone Harbour, the Oaks is ideal for business or pleasure.

  • Get a great night’s sleep in Rydge’s signature Dream Beds and wake up refreshed for work or play in Gladstone. Centrally located in the CBD, guests enjoy proximity to all that Gladstone has to offer.

Getting to Gladstone

  • The breathtaking Gladstone Region has so much to offer and visitors are never short of exciting things to do and see. We look forward to welcoming you soon! 

  • Getting from Agnes Water to visit Gladstone is easy.  

    Driving: Agnes Water to Gladstone is just over 120km via the Bruce Highway and the drive will take you just over 1.5 hours. Follow Round Hill Rd and Fingerboard Rd to Bruce Hwy/Roe St/A1 in Miriam Vale. Then continue on Bruce Hwy/A1. Take Gladstone Benaraby Rd to State Route 58 in Gladstone Central. 

    Alternatively, you can taxi from Agnes Water to Taunton, then take a bus; or taxi to Miriam Vale, then train to Gladstone. 

  • Driving from Miriam Vale to Gladstone is a 67km journey and will take approximately 50 minutes. Simply take Gladstone Benaraby Rd/State Route 58 to Bruce Hwy/A1 in Wurdong Heights, then follow the A1 to the city centre. 

     You can bus or train from Miriam Vale to Gladstone. The journey takes around 40-50 minutes. 

  • Brisbane to Gladstone is just over 500km (6 hours) by car, following the M1 and Bruce Hwy/A1. The drive is simple, essentially following one main path until you turn right at Benaraby onto Gladstone Benaraby Rd/State Route 58, 20km from the city centre. 

  • As a busy regional centre for business and industry, a tourism hub and launching point to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone is serviced by both Qantas and Virgin airlines with multiple flights arriving daily.  

    GECC is only a short, 7-minute drive from Gladstone Airport. On arrival at the airport, you can hire a car or catch a taxi or bus to the city centre. Airport transfer may also be available with your accommodation provider. 

  • Queensland Rail Travel operates tilt train services twice daily from Brisbane to Gladstone. The journey is just over 6 hours. 

  • Bus services from Brisbane to Gladstone are available with Greyhound Australia. Average trip duration is 10 hours. 

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