Visitors and locals alike can explore the inner workings of some of the region’s most impressive industries with award winning, free guided tours. Contact the Gladstone Information Centre to book – 07 4972 9000
Gladstone boasts some of the countries most impressive industry – And you can see them all with the Gladstone Area Promotion and Development Limited’s award winning free Industry Tours.
Explore the inner workings of these remarkable industrial giants and gain an insight into what drives industry in Queensland – visit NRG Gladstone Power Station, Gladstone Ports Corporation or enjoy a Curtis Island Construction Cruise. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and depart from the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre on specific weekdays.
The Gladstone Aquatic Centre is a public swimming facility located in the heart of the Gladstone City. Relax and enjoy the tropical surrounds and expansive grassed picnic areas for play and sunsmart shaded areas to escape the sun. There is an onsite kiosk for snacks, drinks and the obligatory ice-pole on a hot summer’s day.
The Aquatic Centre has a 50 metre outdoor pool and 25 metre indoor heated pool plus the newly opened ‘Splash Zone’ water park which will keep the kids entertained for hours!
Gladstone Aquatic Centre also offers learn to swim programs and is home to the Gladstone Gropers Swimming Club
The East Shores Maritime Precinct is Gladstone newest place to play!
The precinct spans along Flinders Parade and includes a water play park, waterfront boardwalk incorporating a viewing platform, barbecues and an abundance of green, open space to play.
East shores provides a world-class recreational precinct for Gladstone residents and visitors of all ages to meet, relax, exercise and enjoy the foreshore area.
Experience the Reef with a live aboard fishing charters to the outer Great Barrier Reef known as the Swains.
“MV Night Crossing”, the mothership, is luxury afloat, and is complemented with its six, new, custom built, five metre fishing dories. Enjoy the fishing trip of a lifetime and keep your catch all filleted, bagged and snap frozen.
Accommodation is nine two berth air-conditioned cabins which are serviced daily. Included are all generous meals, hors d’oeuvres, and soft drinks mixers. Pilchards included for bait. High quality customer service from her five crew members is assured.
The “MV Night Crossing” departs the Gladstone Marina, Queensland each Saturday afternoon and returns the following Saturday morning.
Barney Beach – Flathead, Salmon, Barra, Grunter and Pelagics.
Auckland Creek – Flathead, Barra, Fingermark, Mangrove Jack, King and Blue Salmon, Bream, Grunter.
Calliope River / NRG Hot Water Outlet – Barra, Queen Fish, Trevally, King and Blue Salmon, Upstream Barra, Mangrove Jack, Bream and Grunter.
Harbour System North of Calliope River – Mud Crabs, Barra, Mangrove Jack, Bream, Fingermark, King and Blue Salmon, Triple Tail, Cod and Black Jew Fish(Mulloway).
Boyne River and South Trees – Barra, Flathead, Mud Crabs, Whiting, Bream, Grunter, Diamond Trevally, Queen Fish.
Lake Awoonga – World famous for +1metre Barra.
Gatcombe Head(south end of Facing Island) – Mackeral, Squire, Coral Trout, Grassy and Red Throat Sweetllip, Parrot Fish, Black Spotted Tusk Fish.
Colosseum / Mundoolin / Seven Mile / Turkey Beach – Mud Crab, Mangrove Jack, Bream, Whiting, Mackeral, Blue Salmon, Barra.
Pancake and Middle Creek – Coral Trout, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip, Bream, Whiting, Flathead, Barra, Mud Crabs.
Round Hill Creek / South – Flathead, Mackeral, Whiting, Dart, Queen Fish, Trevelly, Tuna and the odd Sail Fish.
Gladstone is an important industrial hub, serving much of Central Queensland’s thriving industry and resources sectors. But what many business visitors don’t realise is that it is also rich in nature, history and culture.
The City of Gladstone has won the Tidy Towns award several times, and has the most parks per capita in the whole of Australia. It is so much more than an industrial town – it is one of the cleanest, greenest places in the country!
There’s always our Conference and Breakfast room if you would like to dine in with our delicious meals that can be ordered from our local restaurants., Aaron Motel is just a few minutes’ walk from Goondoon St in the CBD, which is lined with a great selection of restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs.
Popular spots include the CBD Restaurant and Bar, Rocksalt, The Grand Hotel Restaurant, Gladstone Yacht Club, Yaralla Sports Club, and Dicey’s Irish Pub. There’s also the Gecko Valley Winery, The Grand Hotel Many Peaks, and Tables on Flinders, which has great ocean views.
The biggest event of the year without doubt is the Gladstone Harbour Festival, which happens each Easter, coinciding with the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race. Another city-organised event is the Multicultural Festival, which celebrates local arts, culture, film and cuisine each July-August.
The neighbouring area also has its fair share of annual events, including the Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival each February, and the Longboard Classic surf competition in March.
Being a mix of history, nature and industry, Gladstone’s sightseeing attractions offer a lot of diversity. There are many parks and ecological attractions, including the Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Spinnaker Park, Auckland Hill and Mount Larcom.
Gladstone also serves as one of the main departure points for the Southern Great Barrier Reef, including Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island. Also be sure to explore the nearby townships of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, which boast beautiful golden sands and laid-back beach lifestyle. Tannum Sands also has some great markets to check out on the first Saturday of each month.
There are free industry tours that run almost every day, which take you around the harbour, the local industry sites, and other related sights, including Curtis Island. These tours are extremely popular – especially the Coffee Cruise – so make sure you get in early!
There’s a wealth of fishing and boating spots around Gladstone, which ample boat ramps from which to launch. Explore the creeks and rivers, or go out to sea – your choice!
Lake Awoonga is the undisputed home of fishing in the area – it is home to a good number of the revered Barramundi, and also has great facilities for picnics, BBQs, watersports and family relaxation.
There are countless waterways to explore, including the Calliope, Dawson and Boyne Rivers, and the highly regarded Baffle and Wild Cattle Creeks. There’s also good fishing in the sheltered waters off Curtis Island and Facing Island.
The regional Visitor Information centre is located at the Marina. You’ll find them friendly, approachable, and very knowledgeable!
07 4972 9000
Gladstone Regional Council
Gladstone Food & Drink
Cafe Spinnaker Park is a relaxing water front cafe set in beautiful parklands looking out across Gladstone Harbour. Sit down and enjoy coffee, morning tea, breakfast and lunch or grab a take away coffee on the way to work.
Enjoy great food and coffee for the whole family with plenty of grass for the children to play on.
The Gladstone Reef Hotel is the perfect place to stay and play with 52 guest rooms, a family friendly bistro, 40 poker machines, four function venues, Gladstone’s newest nightclub and a Roof Top Pool with a spectacular view of the Gladstone harbour, you’ll never want to leave.
The Reef Hotel Gladstone is pleased to offer patrons delicious meals at great prices for the whole family. Take a look at their various menus, there’s sure to be something that you’ll love. For the kids there is an all new kids area with movies, games and much more!
Their restaurant is open seven days a week offering a value for money breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. For those peckish between meals, they have pizzas available all day and night.
Don’t forget to check out their weekly specials!
Honourably awarded “Best Small Social Club” twice, and best known as the destination point of the famous Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, the Gladstone Yacht Club was designed to take full advantage of its exceptional location. The new and old verandas offer beautiful water and sunset views, a constant sea breeze and a perfect place to wine, dine or relax and unwind.
Offering an extensive a la carte menu Restaurant Menu, Light Lunch Menu all with gluten free options (available on request) and even something for the juniors, there is sure to be something that will make your mouth water and have you wanting to come back for more.
Located at the bottom end of Goondoon Street and south of the Gladstone Marina, the Gladstone Yacht Club prides itself for offering a relaxed, comfortable and family friendly atmosphere.
Using the fusion of espresso and gelato to entice desire and indulgence in their fine gourmet products in a vibrant and fun atmosphere.
Situated on the South Gladstone strip, you will find a vibrant atmosphere where you can sit and relax and watch the world go by.
‘jham bar’ espresso + gelato will entice your taste buds with their fresh signature ‘classic orange label’ blend and their gourmet gelato flavours.
An espresso and wine bar with a unique drink offering and charcuterie menu to match.
The Lightbox has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere offering something for everyone – ranging from coffee, breakfast to a contemporary, stylish after 5 bar with some of the best cocktails and beer on tap in town.
The Mount Larcom cafe services the locals as well as the travellers passing by. The family owned business is located just off the Bruce Highway in the town of Mount Larcom and is open 7 Days a week. The cafe recently won the best in Business Award 2015 for the Cafe category.
With famous pies and Sausage Rolls homemade with love by the owner herself, Cold drinks, coffee and a variety of delicious meals for breakfast, lunch or something in between, the Mount Larcom cafe is the place to stop.
Along with the variety of meal selections, the Cafe also has a display of antiques and collectables that are for sale Out door seating areas, as well as a large dining room, Friendly staff.
Ribs and Rumps is centrally located in Gladstone and a real hotspot for locals and visitors to the Gladstone region.
Ribs and Rumps offers an expansive bar area and specialises in aged-to-perfection steaks and succulent ribs basted in the signature Ribs and Rumps sauce.
Open for lunch or dinner daily, guests can enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and friendly service.
Whether it’s dinner for two, a family night out or a special celebration with friends, Ribs and Rumps is the perfect dining hotspot.
Whether you are seeking a lunchtime retreat from the office during a busy working week or simply getting out of the house for a weekend breakfast, there are very few places that offer the relaxing atmosphere of The Savour the Flavour Cafe at Gladstone Botanic Gardens.
Enjoy a meal or a barista-made coffee and cake on their deck overlooking the lake. With comfortable seating you can enjoy a break while the kids enjoy the ducks and turtles that surround the lake daily.
Plenty of carparks are available within the Gardens precinct and the Cafe is easily accessible via the low-rise stairs or wheelchair ramp. Separate Gents, Ladies and Disabled toilet facilities are conveniently located on-site.
Gluten free options available.
Located at the Grand Hotel in Gladstone’s main street the Coffee Club is open seven days a week from 5am to 4pm.
The fully licensed Café/Restaurant offers full table service and a relaxed dining experience. At The Coffee Club, Goondoon Street, the team is committed to upholding the Coffee Club brand promise of providing you with a welcoming and relaxed meeting place and of course, ‘Good Food, Great Service and Excellent Coffee’ each and every time you visit.