Great friendly locals, wonderful relaxing lifestyle, beautiful weather
All the beautiful views are blocked by smoke stacks and a nearly everyone seems to be a shift worker.
A bit of everything, an industrial, coastal city
Well worth a visit - when I was there they had a display of major Australian works - apparently the art gallery gets many travelling art shows which could be well worth seeing.The museum section is quite small and concentrates on local history.In the old Town Hall Building this was an easy way to spend a couple of hours - well, I did because of the...more
Toondoon Botanic GardensThe reception of the wedding we attended was held here. Our taxi cost about $20 to get here. Was lovely to have trees above and all around. Lots of different walks and great not to be able to see stacks and other smoke and stuff around. There are guided tours if you pre book but we didn't take up this option.Opening hours...more
This is an update as I have at last spent some time at this lovely artists retreat.The following is taken from the Cedar Galleries web page and I can now agree with what is written in the brochure! "Cedar Galleries Art Workshops: At Cedar Galleries we believe that all individuals have artistic talent, and that exploring and cultivating creative...more
This is the only safe beach for swimming in the immediate Gladstone area.Barney Beach, just out of the CBD, has a floating tidal enclosure which helps make it safe for summer swimming.Always check with a local, if you can, about when the stingers are likely to be in the water.There are picnic facilities here and it is a nice walk along this beach.more
Never did I think I would stand leaning over a fence (admittedly at the lookout) watching trucks unload and ship sail by for hours on end. But this was what I did in Gladstone and I loved every minute of it. Whenever I had nothing to do I would head up to the hill and see what was happening down in the port and harbour area.I was facinated by...more
There seems to be many historical villages in this part of Queensland. This one is also worth a visit though it is smaller - and newer - than some of the others.Only about 25K's from Gladstone it is on the banks of the Calliope River and that in itself is really lovely. There are about 20 buildings in the village from houses and cottages, to a...more
A great way to get your bearings is the self-drive tour of Gladstone city. It's almost a 50 K drive but will take you to all of the main sites. Don't need to do it all in one day, just wander around and enjoy the city.Places to see include: Marina - some serious boats in this small regional marinaGladstone Power Station - tours can be arranged on...more
If you are into seafood you cannot go past the Gladstone Seafood - Fish Market for fresh fish.If you just want to see what is available locally you can also call in here for a feast for the eyes.OK it smells a bit like a fish market but the range of seafood is well worth it. If you are camping or can cook in your accomodation this is the place to...more
A lovely little winery not far out of town.The winery is open Tuesday - Sunday (check website for hours) and you can sample some great local wines and the cafe has great food.Watch the wallabies hop around, enjoy the views and take one of the walks around the property. The winery is a "Land for Wildlife"property - this sets up long term...more
I spent a couple of hours wandering around these gardens and as it was after some summer rain I used a can of insect repellant so be wary! I was really enjoying them so had to stay despite the mosquitoes.Guided tours are available but I collected a map and just wandered. Plants are labelled and paths easily identifiable. It was a lovely walk up to...more
We were based at Goondoon Street and after breakfast on our first morning we thought we would do some walking. Incidently we ate at DeeJays a little cafe in that street and after 3 eggs and huge amounts of bacon for just over $10 we needed to walk! Anyway we headed towards what appeared to be the wharf and just followed the water around. We saw...more
The Gecko Valley is just 3km from the sea and set in beautiful rolling woodland country with superb views. In the Gladstone district in the mid-90s, there was a widely held view that central Queensland was not a good place to grow vines for wine - it was too hot, too wet and humid and the necessary vine dormancy would not be achieved because of the...more
Gladstone Tondoon Botanic Gardens were officially opened in October 1988 to coincide with the Australian bicentenary. This is one of Australia's few totally native botanic gardens and the display areas specialise in the plants of the Port Curtis region and Far North Queensland.more
166 Auckland Street,, Gladstone, Australia
Good for: Couples
An average hotel really but the pool and views from there over the harbour are great. Some rooms...more
26 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, 4680, Australia
Good for: Business
The post wedding informal breaky was here and I didn't hear any complaints about any of the food. Quite a range and reasonably priced. Orders came out in good time.They do functions and catering also. Open 7am-3pm Sun-Wed and until late Thurs, Fri, Sat. I had the pancakes.more
The CBD restaurant is part of the Rydges Hotel - I probably enjoyed my time in here better than in the hotel itself! You can't see the restaurant from the road so look for the sign out front of the hotel.There is a wide choice of a-la-carte dishes and all of my meals were good.It's open 7 days and was surprisingly quiet on the three nights I ate...more
A quirky, friendly establishment, and it caters for kids with a large playroom. The sign on the window is great: "The way to a person's heart is through the door of a good restaurant - and this is one." Love it!A very friendly place, everyone was relaxed and casual and the food was fantastic.It's also BYO so you drink your own wine and keep the...more
This was a great stop on my initial tour of Gladstone and I found myself here almost every day of my stay.The cafe is located at the highest point in Gladstone in the park overlooking the town, the harbour and where you have views to the hinterland and marina and the port itself - and the smelter and the coal loading dock...the views go on.There is...more
We were in Gladstone for a friends wedding and shelled out a couple of hundred dollars to fly in and out from Brisbane. The plane was only little (seated around 100 I guess) but it was much better than driving up.We flew Qantas Link and I am sure you can get heaps cheaper tickets if you are not tied down to a particular date. The flight was...more
69 Reviews and Opinions
Whilst on our walk this shop drew the attention of the males in our party. They all agreed not a bad little fishing shop and pretty good prices.
The warm waters of the Pacific at Gladstone can bring swimmers in Gladstone some unwanted pain. Stingers, jelly fish, are common here and if you are bitten you can become quite ill, let alone suffer serious pain.
Always try and check with the locals about swimming in the ocean and river mouths in summer when the stingers are about.
This is a great place to visit, a real smalltown business.It's apparently a very popular spot for a tourist stop and you would think Mt Larcom Cafe and Collectables was a landmark in itself. The cafe building is over 110 years old and it certainly has an old-world charm. The meals are fantastic and very cheap, I just loved the home-made pies.There...more
Calliope is 20 km south-west of Gladstone which grew on the back of the discovery of gold in the area. Much of the population now work in the regional mines or at Gladstone so it has become quite a busy little town.There really isn't too much here but there is an interesting history and the Historical village is worth a visit.A surprise was the...more
Aproximately 15 kl. out of Gladstone, on the Bruce Highway, you will find the Calliope markets. Held only 6 times a year, these Sunday Markets are set in a re-created historical village, right beside the Calliope river. Definitely worth a visit, if you are up this way at the right time. You can also camp right beside the river, and do a spot of...more
Stroll along the boardwalk during a marina shopping experience. Sometimes the city centre mall is the scene of markets. Visit the art gallery, stroll through the botanic gardens, take a trip to Heron Island and the coral reefs.
Fondest memory: That would have to be the weekend I spent here. We stayed in a lovely Cabin, and I indulged in an extended shopping spree.