The Gladstone Region - Australia's best kept holiday secret - begins approximately 450 kilometres north of Brisbane. It's the gateway to the majestic Southern Great Barrier, fantastic fishing hotspots, amazing country adventures and pure national parks. Whatever you are after, you'll find it here. The region's hub is the city of Gladstone. Full of surprising and interesting experiences, this energetic regional city known for being the 'engine room of Queensland' is also the access points for Southern Great Barrier Reef icons, Heron and Wilson Islands. Surrounding Gladstone are townships of Mount Larcom, Calliope, Benaraby, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands. This
On this picturesque coastline in 1770, Cook made his first landing in Queensland and botanist Joseph Banks collected plants. Botanically rich, the parks protect both tropical rainforests and coastal mangroves. Today it is a paradise for bushwalkers, boaties and anglers. The 360 metre walking track to Ganoonga Noonga lookout offers views along the coast and across swamps and heathlands. Try beach fishing. At high tide, explore Eurimbula Creek by boat or canoe. Pitch a tent at one of Bustard Beach’s shady campsites (toilets and limited water) or at Middle Creek (toilets only). Camping fees apply; bookings essential.
Deepwater National Park protects sandy beaches, diverse coastal lowland vegetation and the catchment of near-pristine Deepwater Creek, one of Queensland's few remaining undisturbed coastal freshwater streams. Nature lovers will enjoy the range of animals and plants that call this park home. Deepwater supports a diversity of birdlife such as emus, red-tailed black cockatoos, honeyeaters, brahminy kites and water birds. From January to April, turtle hatchlings emerge from the nests, usually at night. Explore rock pools at Wreck Rock and picnic or camp at the shady campsite behind the dunes. Bush camping is also permitted at Middle Rock. Camping fees apply;