Top ChoiceWine Bar in Gladstone

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With its clean lines and open facade, this slick espresso-and-wine bar is Gladstone's most 'urban' haunt. The wine list offers some Italian vintages alongside those from across Australia and New Zealand, the...

Island in Gladstone

Curtis Island

Curtis Island, just across the water from Gladstone, can’t be confused with a resort island. Apart from swimming, fishing and lolling about on the dunes, its main drawcard is the annual appearance of rare...

Australian in Gladstone

Dock @ East Shores

A favourite on the Gladstone waterfront, this breezy cafe-restaurant is ideal for breakfast on the verandah (perhaps sweetcorn fritters with pesto mayonnaise, tomato salsa and poached eggs), afternoon beer and...

Gardens in Gladstone

Toondoon Botanic Gardens

These lush gardens comprise more than 80 hectares of tropical, subtropical and dry-rainforest environments, showcasing flora ranging from those of these latitudes to plants of far-north Queensland. There’s a...

Lake in Gladstone

Lake Awoonga

Created by the damming of the Boyne River 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 landscaped...

Historic Site in Gladstone

Calliope River Historical Village

If you are in the area, market days at the Calliope River Historical Village, 26km southwest of Gladstone, are hugely popular, attracting over 3000 people and 200 stalls (8am to noon, five six times a year, see...

Modern Australian in Gladstone

Brass Bell

This unassuming restaurant within the Harbour Sails motel is a surprising setting for some of Gladstone's best food. The prix-fixe menu includes entrees such as Thai lamb salad and ricotta-stuffed zucchini...

Gallery in Gladstone

Cedar Galleries

This old-school Aussie artists’ colony has limited farmstay accommodation available (studio $100 first night, $60 subsequent nights). Guests can watch the sculptors and painters at work in a bush setting. It's...

Pub Food in Gladstone

Gladstone Yacht Club

Grilled meats and seafood are the best bets at this welcoming place, sitting pretty on a prime spot where the river spills into the sea. You can also eat on the deck overlooking the water.