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A vacation in Gladstone won’t be a quick visit. Located just 107 kilometres south of Rockhampton, Gladstone is an enchanting slice of heaven. There is so much to see, the region is home to the world’s most amazing attractions. From National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef, to festivals and hinterland adventures, not to mention some of Queensland’s best seafood. The choice is endless.
Laze the day away on the beach or take in a few of the historical sites in Gladstone and the surrounding region. Gladstone is one of Queensland’s best kept holiday secrets. Take a trip out to the reef to see the spectacular coral or do a spot of fishing. Relax, unwind and enjoy the unspoilt beauty that Gladstone has to offer.
First sighted by Captain Cook in 1770, he named the area south of the city Bustard head. In 1802, Matthew flinders followed and named Port Curtis. John Oxley explored the coastline in 1823. It wasn’t until 1847 that the first settlement of Gladstone and the town was named after William Ewart Gladstone, the British Colonial Secretary. Today, Gladstone is a thriving community and a popular holiday destination.
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The Gladstone Harbour Festival is held at Easter each year. What began 46 years ago as a celebration at the finish line of the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race is now a week long celebration. The event is jam packed with entertainment and you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Where else but Gladstone would you hold the Gladstone Seafood Festival? Enjoy the freshest seafood cooked to perfection. In September, the event is held at the Gladstone Marine surrounded by beautiful views and a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy the live entertainment and summer fashion parade. Highlights of the day are the cooking demonstrations and displayed. Are you a seafood connoisseur? Enter the ‘One Armed Raw Prawn Peeling Championship’. There are plenty of laughs and merriment.
If you enjoy fishing, then why not enter the Annual Observer Boyne Tannun Hookup. Throw a line in and enjoy this weekend of fishing and entertainment. Held each June at the twin towns of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, it is only 22 kilometres south of Gladstone. Throughout the weekend, for the non-fishers there is plenty to keep you entertained. There are live displays, stage entertainment, free sea kayak trial rides, raffles, rides, food and drink stalls. If you get tired of fishing or you only have the tale of the fish that got away, take a break and enjoy the entertainment.
holidays - How to Get There
Qantaslink provide daily flights between Brisbane and Gladstone on the Dash 8. Also in the Gladstone region, Thangool Airport is located near Biloela and offers daily flights to Brisbane.