Welcome to Queensland's Gladstone region, the centre of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. The area basks in a sub-tropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches on the doorstep of the world-famous reef. Beautiful landscapes, a wide choice of experiences and year-round sunshine provide plenty of opportunities for a revitalising holiday.
Adventure holiday enthusiasts will love the reef islands such as Wilson and Heron Islands, fringed with white sand and aqua waters and boasting world-class snorkelling and diving that gets you up close with a wonderful diversity of marine life. On a day trip to Lady Musgrave Island or Fitzroy Lagoon from Seventeen Seventy you can enjoy diving, snorkelling, fishing, reef walking and bushwalking.
Back on the mainland are some beautiful coastal towns. Seventeen Seventy is both a popular seaside holiday destination and of great historical importance, being the first place in Queensland that explorer Captain James Cook stepped ashore. Boyne Island boasts some beautiful parks along the riverbank, while nearby Tannum Sands offers large, family-friendly beaches.
At the centre of the region is Gladstone City, overlooking a natural deep water harbour and offering harbour industry tours, colourful weekend markets, award-winning parks and gardens and fascinating museums among its many local attractions.