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Great Barrier Reef
Curtis Island Ferries
Curtis Island offers stunning unspoilt beaches, intimate north-facing bays, sparkling ocean, the Great Barrier Reef, wilderness, wetlands as well as an outback-style cattle station. It even has its own airstrip. It is this combination of these diverse attributes and natural beauty which make Turtle Street unique in Australia and perhaps even the world. As it is situated under the Tropic of Capricorn, the climate is far less humid in summer than further north and it escapes the chill of south-east Queensland in the winter. Curtis Ferry Services provide regular passenger and vehicle services to the Gladstone Harbour Islands of Curtis and Facing and other islands within the Capricorn Cay. Curtis Island is also accessible by private vessel.
Mount Larcom Climb
Panoramic views of the Capricornia region
The prominent and distinctive peak of Mount Larcom is visible to the north-west from most points in Gladstone, with its summit is 632 metres above sea level.
Matthew Flinders noted it when he explored Port Curtis, naming it after Captain Larcom under whom he had served. Because of its profile, it is often call "The Lion Mountain", resembling a lion and lioness facing each other.
The prominent landmark provides a good ascent of two hours or so. The reward is a 360-degree view of the Gladstone area, rural lands and the harbour. On a clear day, you will see reef islands to the east and Rockhampton northwards. Mt Larcom is of volcanic origin, and your walk takes you through light eucalypt forest and grass trees.
Subject to fitness, generally 5 hours should be allowed to complete the climb. It is a challenging walk, and best climbed in the cooler months, with an early start to capture the best views. The walk and climb is steep in places and is not recommended for younger children. No toilet facilities.
It is advisable to check the local weather condition on the day of your climb as the peak can be shrouded in cloud
Aukland Point Lookout
Stunning views over Gladstone Harbour
While gazing over the beautiful panoramic view of Gladstone Harbour's entrance, let your eyes wander onto the Auckland Point Wharves, one of Gladstone's essential operative wharves.
With four wharves in total, Auckland Point is a part of the indispensable series of wharves that make up the Gladstone Ports Corporation.
The Port of Gladstone handles a variety of cargoes associated with the Gladstone Region. The major export commodity is coal and accounts for approximately 70 per cent of total port export trade.
Tondoon Botanical Gardens
Peaceful and serene
Tondoon Botanic Garden showcases an outstanding collection of tropical, sub-tropical and dry rainforests from Port Curtis region and Far North Queensland. Officially opened in 1988, the tranquil balance of the Gardens is made up of naturally displayed gardens overlooking Lake Tondoon and nestled into the undulating landscape of Mount Biondello.
For local residents and for the many interstate and international visitors, Tondoon Botanic Garden is a place of inspiration, relaxation, and recreation. Visited by over 100,000 people each year, it is a popular place for picnics, pleasant walks, and cultural and ceremonial events.