With the stunning coastal towns of Agnes Water/1770 1.5 hours to the south and Yeppoon 2 hours to the north, Gladstone and surrounding towns are like the pickles on a cheeseburger, often forgotten about or most of the time removed. The area is quite daunting for adventurous souls but, we have found that there is definitely more to it than alumina refineries and gas projects.
ADVENTUROUS THINGS TO DO
While on a budget in the Gladstone
Including FREE CAMPING spots
I can guarantee that these adventures will have you amending your travel itinerary and changing or making your weekend plans. If we do not inspire you to do so, then surely the temptation of the words ‘budget’ and ‘free’ will.
Located just off the Bruce Highway this free camping spot is a grassy area nestled amongst the bush, right on the river. The maximum stay is 48 hours which is plenty of time to try your luck fishing for Barramundi.
Rising 632 meters above sea level, the distinctive peak of Mt Larcom offers 360 degree views of the Gladstone area; including the harbour, ports, rural lands and on a clear day the reef islands. A moderate fitness level is required and climbing should begin early morning to avoid the heat as summiting the mountain is rather intense. The base of the mountain is tucked away on Lynn Road, Mt Larcom.
Turtle Way & Beyond
Walk or dance your way across Boyne Island and Tannum Sands with Turtle Way offering over 20km of paved pathways. For a scenic route we recommend beginning at Canoe Point and go towards the river. The path will eventually come to a T-section with the river mouth to the right and the river to the left. Spot a turtle or two and admire the artwork along the way. But, sometimes you have to get off track to find the best track! Offering untouched ground and a perfect picnic spot at the end, The Wild Cattle Walk is a one-way return track along Wild Cattle Creek. Travelling with a bike? Get some dirt and downhill action with the bushland at the end of Tannum Sands Turtle Way (near the High School). Click here for a map.
Tannum Sands Beaches
Making the most of a beach with no waves proves to be a little difficult (for us especially), expect when you are in Tannum Sands. Frolick around in the clear warm waters of Wild Cattle Creek, float your way around main beach, enjoy a magical sunset with your dog a Canoe Point or simply just sit back, relax and let the kite surfers entertain you.
Accessed only by 4WD vehicles, the forested sandstone escarpment is an 800m plateau overlooking the rolling sub-tropical country. With hiking and 4WD tracks, a WWII historical aircraft crash site and camp grounds, an overnight trip is recommended but a day outing will be just as satisfying. Either way you will thrive in this untamed and raw environment.
If it involves food then it is an adventure, right?
Overlooking the ocean, Pacific Avenue in Tannum Sands is a foodies paradise. Spoil yourself with a barista made coffee from Beach Inspired or over indulge at Fit Life Smoothie n Snackbar with the locally famous acai bowl and raw treats.
The rugged mountains make a perfect picturesque backdrop for swimming, fishing, kayaking and stand up paddle boarding. Hire equipment from the friendly team at Lake Awoonga Boating & Leisure Hire.
Ever wanted to be a branch manager? Then, roll on in to this free lakeside camp-ground off the Gladstone-Monto road. With massive fig trees guarding your spot and little no to phone reception, this is escaping reality at its best. Spend the weekend relaxing, swimming and fishing in the back area of Lake Awoonga.
Not so much of a pickle now, is it?!