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TOP 6 places to cool off in the Gladstone Region

From secret waterholes to island getaways, check out our TOP 6 places to cool off on a hot summer's day in the Gladstone Region...

Blackmans Gap

​Head to the Boyne Valley and cool off like a local at Blackmans Gap – a lesser known gem of the region. Only an hour's drive from Gladstone, this picturesque natural swimming hole features amazing rock formations and quiet secluded rest areas. Along the rocky river bed there are various pools that culminates in the head pool, deep enough for a decent dip. So why not pack a picnic, lots of drinking water, some suitable walking shoes and spend a day soaking up the pristine environment. 

Wondering how to get there? Travel from Gladstone to Calliope along Dawson Highway. Turn left onto Gladstone/Monto Road and travel for until you reach a left turn onto Blackmans Gap Road. Follow this road and you will see a parking area which is the start of the short walk upstream.

Agnes Water Beach

Agnes Water is home Queensland's most northern surf beach and is rated one of the most affordable places in Australia to learn to surf. So, if you want to pick up a new skill and cool off at the same time, why not sign up for a surf lesson at Agnes Water Main Beach.

If relaxed waterways are more your style, then you can't go past the beach at the Town of 1770. Hire a kayak or SUP and start exploring the pristine area (keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and turtles). The calm water is also perfect swimming conditions for families with young children. If you're here for the evening, enjoy the famous 1770 sunset from the beach or local café.

Tannum Sands Main Beach

The relaxed beachside community of Tannum Sands, has everything you need for an idyllic day at the beach. Cool off at Tannum Sands Main Beach, which is patrolled from September to May each year, then enjoy a stroll along the 'Turtle Way' walking tracks or a BBQ in the beautiful parklands. On the first Saturday of every month (from March to December), the parklands also play host to the popular Beach Arts Music (BAM) Markets.

East Shores Precinct

Did you know there's a world-class way to cool down in Gladstone? Spend a day at East Shores Marina Precinct and enjoy the world-class recreational facilities on offer, including a water play park that is guaranteed to entertain kids of all ages. The water play park is open from 9am till 9pm during the hotter months (and till 6pm in the cooler months).

If you're looking for a tastier way to keep your cool on a warm day, then treat yourself to some gelato from the nearby café!

Lake Awoonga

Calling all water sports enthusiasts, avid anglers and nature lovers – this spot is for you!

Lake Awoonga offers endless opportunities to have some refreshing fun on a warm day. It's a great spot to kayak or SUP and all your hire needs are right there. You can also BYO boat or hire a boat to get out on the water fishing. The lake is stocked with Barra, Saratoga and Sea Mullet; if you happen to reel in a Mangrove Jack consider yourself lucky as they're a rare fine! While you're there, why not make the most of the experience by taking a scenic walk, a relaxing dip or enjoy lunch in the shaded picnic area.

The Oaks on Facing Island

Fancy an island getaway? Then Facing Island is the perfect spot to escape the heat and getaway for a day. The island offers long sandy beaches, clear calm waters, great 4WD tracks and superb fishing – so if you think you'll need more than a day to soak up this island paradise, then book one of the 32 unpowered camp sites at The Oaks on Facing Island.

Wondering how to get there? Access to the Island is via Curtis Ferry Services (30-minute barge ride) or by private vessel.

We hope these spots help you keep cool this summer!

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