Home Boating Exploring the South End of the Great Barrier Reef – Gladstone

Exploring the South End of the Great Barrier Reef – Gladstone


Check out the town of Gladstone as a boating and fishing destination. About 550 km northwest of Brisbane, you’ll find the spectacular small town of Gladstone. Home of Queensland’s largest multi-community shipping port, Gladstone is better known for its mining. But that’s not what we’re here for.

Centrally located at the Southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone has it all! From Surf beaches to tropical islands, coral cays and massive rivers, you’ll find the quiet location teeming with fish.

Things To Do in Gladstone

  • Go Diving
  • Swimming
  • Snorkelling
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Fishing
  • & Boating

A nature-lovers nirvana, the city of Gladstone is jam-packed with amazing ways to enjoy the outdoors. With an interest in fishing and boating, the campr team can confirm that the town of Gladstone is a fishing spectacular!

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Port of Gladstone doorstep to the Southern Great Barrier Reef in Cairns

Gladstone Fishing Spots

From luscious lakes to calming creeks, Gladstone is a fisherman’s dream. You definitely don’t want to forget the boat if you’re making a trip up this Queensland coast. Here you can catch anything from Barramundi, Mangrove Jack, Grunter, Perch, Whiting, Bream, flathead and more.

If you’re looking for a top freshwater fishing spot, head over to Lake Awoonga. Aside from their brilliant barramundi, Lake Awoonga also has a gorgeous resort, so you relax and enjoy a few days out on the water.

If saltwater fishing is more your speed than you can find boat-access through to pancake creek. A great location for finding a bit of brim. The Tannum Sands and Boyne Island are also top picks when it comes to saltwater fishing. Beautiful locations which offer catches of whiting, brim and flathead.

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The crew fishing around North West Island, Gladstone

Now, for those without a boat, look up and check out the beach fishing at Farmers Point. At the south end of Gladstone, this location is best for fishing at high tide.

Want to know more?

Find out more in the April/May edition of Club Marine Magazine. And for more great boating ideas from Club Marine visit Club Marine TV. For more fishing stories like this check out our trip to Dundee Beach.

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Dean Miller - Campr Dean has been a trailblazer in the adventure television space for more than 15 years. With a passion for fishing, forged as a young fella growing up on Groote Eylandt NT, the only thing he loves more than boating, camping and touring is sharing a yarn.