Gladstone (Photo:Patrick Cooper/Shutterstock)
Gladstone (Photo:Patrick Cooper/Shutterstock)
4.5 / 5.0
Cruise Critic Editor Rating

Kristie Kellahan
Cruise Critic Contributor

Port of Gladstone

As the gateway town to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's Gladstone is a favourite with visitors who love the life aquatic. It's a cinch to visit the natural wonder of the reef from Gladstone, with fewer crowds and direct access from the shore enhancing the unforgettable experience. Most visitors rate this as the highlight of their cruise, whether they swim, snorkel or scuba dive.

Daytrips from Gladstone to Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island give a tantalising taste of what makes Queensland's tropical islands so special, with castaway fantasies served up with plenty of gourmet food and wine.

If you're staying close to port, a range of dining and entertainment options is on offer around the foreshore precinct.

--By Kristie Kellahan, Cruise Critic contributor

Shore Excursions

About Gladstone


A stop in Gladstone will give you access to swimming, snorkeling and diving the Great Barrier Reef


There's not much to see in the town itself, and reaching attractions can be a bit time consuming

Bottom Line

This scenic but less frequented port is a favorite among visitors to the region

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