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Top Choice Gallery in Gladstone

Cedar Galleries

This old-school Aussie artists’ colony (25km south of Gladstone) is signposted off the Bruce Hwy, 7km southeast of Calliope. It has limited farmstay accommodation available (studio $100 first night, $60 subsequent n…
Wine Bar in Gladstone

Lightbox

Indicative of Gladstone's maturing social scene, this slick wine bar in the newly developed entertainment precinct also has a long cocktail list and serves delicious charcuterie (cured meat dishes). Breakfast and co…
Modern Australian in Gladstone

Brass Bell

The best restaurant in Gladstone is an unassuming one, located within the Harbour Sails Motel complex. Mod Oz cuisine is prepared with aplomb by the young chef and his team. World-class seafood platters, stuffed chi…
Historic Site in Gladstone

Calliope River Historical Village

If you are in the area, market days (8am to 1pm, seven times a year; ask the visitor centre or see website for dates) at the Calliope River Historical Village, 26km south of Gladstone, are hugely popular, attracting…
Pub Food in Gladstone

Gladstone Yacht Club

Clubs are a mainstay of regional Australia. Hugely social places where the beer flows, the yarns are spun and the meals are generally massive and good value. The Gladstone Yacht Club is a welcoming place where burge…
Lake in Gladstone

Lake Awoonga

Created by the construction of the Awoonga Dam in 1984, Lake Awoonga is a popular recreational area 30km south of Gladstone. Backed by the rugged Castle Tower National Park, the barramundi-stocked lake has landscape…
Gardens in Gladstone

Toondoon Botanic Gardens

More than 80 hectares of rainforest, lakes and Australian native plants. There’s a visitor centre, an orchid house, and free guided tours between February and November. About 7km south of town.
Seafood in Gladstone

Tables on Flinders

If you feel like a Gladstone splurge, this is the place to do it, with exquisite local seafood including fresh mudcrab, bugs and prawns dominating the menu.