Islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef

If the name Gladstone conjures up happy memories of carefree childhood holidays, then you’re on the right track. You’ll adore this Southern Great Barrier Reef gem for its fabulous fishing and laid-back culture you’ll find at places brimming with colour and character such as Agnes Water, 1770, Lady Musgrave Island and Kroombit Tops.  

Some believe this is the place where man, machines and Mother Nature have combined to offer the ideal scenario: the region which powers Queensland and has sparked an outdoor lifestyle which is wholesome and healthy. But don’t just take our word for it, see for yourself when you explore our town and country experiences.

Just off Gladstone you’ll find Heron and Wilson Islands, ideal for snorkelling, diving and swimming in the only calm reef lagoon on the Great Barrier Reef. Underwater, there’s coral galore or you might like a guided walk around these islands, with plenty of pretty perches to sit and observe the birds which inhabit this area.  

Start on land, grab your hiking boots or a 4WD and follow one of our many trails through the region’s National Parks. Closer to the coast, indulge in the pure and utter bliss of an uncrowded beach, surf a secluded wave, and take a Captain Cook around our Bustard Head lighthouse.

If your idea of the perfect holiday is grabbing a fishing rod, Gladstone is the spot for you. From crabbing to spearfishing, you’ll find everything from Coral Trout, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Cod, Yellowbelly and Bass, all vying for your line. For this is the home of the Bass to Barra trail and the Boyne/Tannum hook up. From our secret inland fishing spots to our spectacular deep sea fishing, we guarantee you’ll be hooked on Gladstone.