LOCAL ATTRACTIONS TO VISIT WHEN STAYING AT THE GLADSTONE MOTEL.
The Gladstone Region is located in the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is the gateway to many islands, including Heron, Wilson, Lady Musgrave and the diverse rural hinterland of the Banana Shire.
The Gladstone Aquatic Centre
The Aquatic Centre is a public swimming facility located in the heart of the city and has a 50 metre outdoor pool, a 25 metre indoor heated pool plus the newly opened 'Splash Zone' water park.
Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum
Housed in the heritage listed old Gladstone Town Hall, the current Gallery/Museum buildings are linked by a glass bridge walkway.
Gladstone Maritime Museum
The Maritime Museum is open each Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. See HMAS Gladstone II, model ships, navigational aids, shipwreck relics plus a library with hundreds of papers and journals.
William Golding Memorial Lookout
The lookout is on Auckland Hill and is a fantastic spot to relax and absorb some delightfully unexpected and peaceful views in Gladstone. Take the signposted narrow road which winds up to the lookout, atop which lies the Outlook Cafe. The lookout has an observation deck from which you'll see views of Aukland Point Wharves.
Millenium Esplanade, Tannum Sands
This coastal foreshore, 20 kilometres south of Gladstone, provides individual pavillions which provide intimacy and cool, weather proof refuges which make the most of the ocean views. Kids will enjoy the amazing playground and flying fox, grassed areas for playing footy and pathways to enjoy riding scooters and bikes.
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
The gardens are set upon an 83 hectare site with a wide variety of flora and fauna and provide local residents and visitors with a place of inspiration, recreation and relaxation and is a popular place for picnics, cultural and ceremonial events.Take a stroll around the Japanese Tea Gardens and the numerous walking tracks.
Just 30 kilometres from Gladstone, Lake Awoonga is a nature lover's paradise. Spectacular lake and mountain views, picturesque waterfalls, walking paths, barbecue area and playground are all part of what's on offer. The lake is stocked with barra, saratoga and sea mullet.
Two and a half kilometres of walking tracks through native wetlands and ponds. The beached cove is wonderful for a dip while the barbecue and picnic areas make it a great place to entertain. Sheltered seating areas and public amenities are provided for visitor's convenience.