Want to explore Gladstone and everything it has to offer? Our prime CBD location at Central Studio Accommodation will place the region’s best things to see and do at the tips of your fingers. From local museums and dining to Gladstone Marina, stunning beaches and national parks in the Gladstone Region and the must-see Southern Great Barrier Reef, there's simply so much to do an see in this incredible coastal town on the Capricorn coastline.
Reachable within minutes from Central Studios, there are some truly impressive Gladstone attractions for you to experience. These include the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery, Museum, and Gladstone Maritime Museum. The incredibly popular and recently redeveloped East Shores Precinct at the waterfront is a must for families staying with us. Gladstone Marina, the focal point of the city, is an attraction in itself that sets the scene for relaxation, yachting, fishing and tours to beautiful reefs and islands. Make sure to soak up the incredible view from Auckland Point Lookout.
And these are not all Gladstone has to offer!
Natural Attractions in Gladstone QLD
In addition to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, which you can tour via half or full-day trips from Gladstone, the Gladstone Region has plenty more natural attractions to discover in and around the CBD. One of these is the award-winning Spinnaker Park Gladstone Marina Parklands, which boasts barbecue facilities, playgrounds and wide-open grassy areas for strolls and picnics and at the sparkling waterfront.
After visiting the Gladstone Parklands, connect with nature at the beautiful Tondoon Botanic Gardens. If you love a good view, Auckland Hill and Round Hill Lookout are the city’s best spots for taking in sweeping 360-degree views over Gladstone!
On top of that, a 30-minute drive from our Gladstone accommodation will take you to Boyne Island, Tannum Sands and Lake Awoonga, opening the door to fishing, thrilling water sports, beach relaxation and more. Explore a little further south with a visit to the idyllic beach towns of Agnes Water and 1770, or stop by Boyne River for a bit of fishing.
Without a doubt, one of the best experiences that you can indulge in on your stay is a trip to Heron Island, accessible from the Gladstone Marina. A two hour boat ride will have you dipping your toes in the tranquil turqouise waters of the Great Barrier Reef. This dreamy setting is the perfect spot to observe vibrant tropical fish while snorkelling, or even see if you can spot some of the local reef sharks or manta rays. If you visit between January and March you can enjoy the magic of the turtle hatching season.
Shopping and Dining in Gladstone
Shopping and dining in Gladstone is a unique experience overall with more than a few ways to spoil yourself around the CBD. Here at Central Studios, we’re a few minutes away from Gladstone Square Shopping Centre and Gladstone Central Shopping Centre, the city’s two best locations to shop for fashion, accessories, gifts and more.
A stone’s throw from our location, Goondoon Street is a popular dining street in Gladstone home to local favourites, Lightbox Espresso. If you like to dine with a view, Gladstone Yacht Club and The Outlook Cafe, located at Auckland Hill Lookout, are not to be missed for their views over the harbour. Seafood enthusiasts will love being able to snap up the freshest offerings from the Gladstone Seafood Markets.
Gladstone Entertainment Centre
The heart of live entertainment and performing arts in Gladstone, Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre is the place to go if you’re looking for a night out to remember in Gladstone. There’s always something happening at the centre, from stand-up comedy and theatre plays to live music and dance!
Situated on Goondoon Street, Gladstone Entertainment Centre is only a few minutes’ drive from our Gladstone CBD accommodation. Simply check the schedule to see what’s on and head out to enjoy a live performance you won’t forget.
Gladstone Harbour Festival
Gladstone’s biggest annual event - Gladstone Harbour Festival takes place each Easter and is one of the most attended events in Queensland, held over five days with a whole host of things to do and enjoy, including kids rides, food, street entertainment, live music, markets, workshops, fireworks and more.
If you’re planning to attend the next Harbour Festival, our Gladstone accommodation near the Marina is ideal for soaking up all the five-day festivity in the city, including the festival’s annual Gladstone Yacht Race. Book with us today in advance!