A Day Out In Paradise

By Luke Smart

A Day Out In Paradise

Are you looking for an adventure? Or maybe you’re just tired of sitting at home for the past few months? Well look no further, Curtis Island has now re-opened for day trips!

Located just 27 km of the coast of Gladstone,  Curtis Island offers stunning unspoiled beaches, intimate north-facing bays, sparkling ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, untamed wilderness, wetlands as well as a variety of great hikes.

Access to the island is only available by boat or through ‘Curtis Ferry Services’ which provides regular services for passengers and even vehicles. The ferry lands at South End, a small village on the southern-eastern tip of the Island, which contains a licensed bar, as well as food, fuel, ice, and bait.

If you plan on going beyond the South End township by car, a 4WD is required, but if you don’t have a 4WD you can always hike around one of the island’s beautiful tracks or visit exclusive fishing spots by private boat.

There is plenty to do on Curtis Island visiting Turtle Beach is a must, as it is the third-largest breeding site for flatback turtles in Queensland. The mother turtles come to nest from around late October to January with the hatchlings emerging and making their way to the ocean from approx. January to late March.

Facing Island is a renowned location for fishing enthusiasts and a great place to start spearfishing. The reef off the southern end of the island is a hot spot for sweet lip, coral trout, honeycomb cod, tuna, and mackerel. Meanwhile, the northern end offers excellent beach fishing for whiting, bream, dart, and flathead.

If you want to get away for a day, be sure to visit Curtis Island.