It’s back to school time and families again have made the trip home from their holiday in Gladstone and nearby coastal spots with lots of carefree summer memories.
Gladstone is 550km by road north of Brisbane and 100km south-east of Rockhampton. The town was named after the British statesman, William Ewart Gladstone and there is a 19th-century marble statue of Bill on display in the town museum.
Gladstone is near the southern end of the World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef and there’s lots to see and do. There’s hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkelling, crabbing, spearfishing and good ol’ regular fishing, whether it be in the rivers and streams or out at sea trying to hook the deep sea fighters. Gladstone has direct access to Heron Island, Wilson Island and Curtis Island from the Marina or local airstrips.
If you enjoy wetting the line there’s Barramundi, Coral Trout, Cod, Red Emperor, Sweetlip, Yellowbelly, Whiting, Bream, Flathead, Mackerel, Tuna and Bass.
Oh! And, of course, the turtle hatchlings have also left the coast and started heading back to sea, past many species of fish that haven't left their schools even for the holidays!
For all your accommodation needs, Rydges Gladstone will give you a warm welcome.