There really is so much to see and do in the Gladstone Region. Grab your hat, pack a picnic and a water bottle, slap on some sunscreen and check out these great outdoor activities for the whole family!
- Kroombit Tops National Park
Take a scenic drive to Kroombit Tops National Park, located 85km south-west of Gladstone. Standing above surrounding farmlands the sandstone escarpments, gorges, creeks and waterfalls of Kroombit Tops provide a cool retreat. Explore intriguing natural and cultural wonders hidden among a mosaic of woodlands, rainforests and scrublands. Take a bushwalk and explore forests on four-wheel-drive roads. Many birds and animals in Kroombit Tops National Park are at the northern or southern limit of their distribution and it is the only known home to the endangered Kroombit Tinkerfrog. See the remains of a WWII Liberator bomber that crashed at Kroombit Tops in 1945 and remained hidden in the forest until it was discovered nearly 50 years later.
- Lake Awoonga
Whether you’re looking for a place to splash, fish or relax Lake Awoonga is a nature lover’s paradise. The Lake is stocked with Barra, Saratoga and Sea Mullet. If you happen to reel in a Mangrove Jack consider yourself lucky as they’re a rare find. There are a range of ways to experience this environmental gem just 30 kilometres from Gladstone, bring your own boat, or hire a boat or kayak from Lake Awoonga Boating and Leisure Hire, day cruise or just make the most of the natural surrounds by taking a walk, a dip or lazing under the shade of the trees.
- Agnes Water
If you are an ocean lover, you probably already know that Agnes Water is the most northerly surf beach on the east coast of Australia. Head down to Agnes for a day trip to enjoy the casual beach vibe. Local surf schools Lazy Lizard and Reef to Beach can help you hone your skills and find out the local tips. While you’re there stroll along the Paperbark Forest Boardwalk with its stepping stones and tall picturesque trees; or take in the vista of the 1770 Headland and walk through Sir Joseph Banks Conservation Reserve.
- Gladstone Ports Corporation Marina or East Shores Parklands
Spend some quality time with family or friends enjoying the picturesque parklands at Gladstone Marina. Cool off at East Shores water park or pack a picnic to enjoy over at Spinnaker Park and count the ships waiting to load or unload at the Port.
- PCYC Skate Park & Pump Track
Grab the bikes and scooters and visit Gladstone’s Pump Track and Skate Parks. The pump track at Gladstone’s PCYC is great fun for kids of all ages. Don’t forget to pack the helmets and safety gear. There is also a climbing wall on site for the kids burn some energy and plenty of grassy areas to kick a ball and run around.