“IT’S THE BEST TIME OF YEAR TO SEE GLADSTONE,” SAYS TOURING RIDE OPERATOR CHRIS ‘TOOHEY’ TOOMBLE.
“Most people are leaving their hometowns over the Easter Long Weekend, but not Gladstone. Easter is when Gladstone comes alive.”
While Chris speaks with experience of the Gladstone Harbour Festival, the truth is there is so much more that appeals to locals and tourists alike at this time of year.
The weather is perfect, school and work are out and the itinerary is loaded.
From the Harbour Festival Fun Run to the Easter Races at Gladstone Turf Club – there is little possibility of getting bored.
Regardless of how you spend your Easter holidays, the resounding importance is upon family and community.
Each event effortlessly showcases the beauty of Gladstone, with the Harbour acting as a magnificent backdrop for most events.
When it comes to location, the Gladstone Harbour Festival is unrivalled throughout regional Queensland. There is no other festival or show held on the waterfront.
With the event running for its 55th year, Gladstone plumber Douglas Norris conceived the event in the early 1960s.
What began as a one-day celebration to welcome sailors arriving in Gladstone after competing in the Yacht Race has now evolved to an action-packed five-day festival.
With East Shores now offering another vantage point for the triple, back to back firework displays from Thursday through to Saturday and the finishing line for Australia’s second largest yacht race, the event is only getting better with every year.
Don’t forget to head down to Goondoon St to assess the amazing results of the recently completed 7-day makeover in the Gladstone, revealed just in time for the Twilight Street Parade on April 16.