Gladstone is a major industrial centre in central Queensland. The natural deep water harbour here provides an excellent base for commercial shipping activities. Due to this, Gladstone is not normally known as a tourist attraction. However, Gladstone does enjoy a mid way position between Rockhampton and Bundaberg, making it a good stopping point in between the two cities, and a great overnight spot if you want to avoid long drives.
Gladstone has two main attractions just outside the city and both of these are especially fun for traveling families.
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
This Botanic Gardens just outside of the city of Gladstone is more of a natural park area than a garden. There are a large variety of hiking paths and cycle paths through the forest here, leading to various look outs and points of interest. A large pond here is home to turtles. For $1 you can buy a packet of turtle food from the nearby kiosk. We only needed to throw a couple of the pellets or “Turtle Cookies” according to Jacob, to attract the turtles attention. Before we knew it, several dozens turtles were swimming towards us and coming up out of the water to grab a snack.
The turtle feeding also attracted quite a few of the nearby birds as well, making this a really fun activity for a little one.
Tannum Sands Beach
Located about 30 minutes south from Gladstone, Tannum Sands is a pretty little coastal town with a lovely beach. The beach is attended by life guards as well, just make sure you swim between the flags.
Neat the beach are toilet facilities and shady picnic tables making it a good spot to stop if you are simply passing through and want a change to stretch your legs.
Our southern Queensland adventure tour was made possible by Choice Hotels.