Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Gladstone along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Gladstone and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
With beaches and water sports, Barrier Reef cruises and inland spots of breath-taking natural beauty, Gladstone is one of Australia’s finest tourist destinations.
The town overlooks one of Queensland’s finest natural harbours, so is a fine place to depart for tours of the Great Barrier Reef, where visitors can learn how to scuba dive, or just paddle and snorkel around in extraordinary surroundings.
Gladstone itself has some great attractions as well. Along with the Botanical Gardens, which showcase the tropical wildlife of Queensland, the views from Auckland Point are spectacular and nearby Tannum Sands is an unbeatable place to perfect a tan.
Further inland, lovers of nature can hike and mountain bike around the stunning Kroombit Tops National Park, with its soaring sandstone cliffs, rippling creeks and dramatic gorges. Or they can head to the multi-coloured rocky landscapes if Isla Gorge, one of Australia’s great picnic spots.
Fishing fans can visit Lake Callide, which boasts a plentiful stock of golden perch and barramundi, taking home a delicious catch to roast over an open fire beside the lake waters.
Another option for visitors to Gladstone is to take some time out to organize a farm stay. Stay at traditional Australian ranches and learn how to ride horses, as well as enjoying hearty home cooking for a few days.
However, for many travellers, the relaxation of the coast will be most attractive and Gladstone offers some gorgeous stretches of sand. Take a boat to the secluded beaches of Heron Island or drive down to Boyne Island. Wherever you go, the sands will be spacious, clean and the waters warm and welcoming.
Between October and March, the temperatures around Gladstone will regularly be above 30 degrees, making this an energy sapping time to visit for hikers, but perfect for sunbathers, and excellent for visitors to the Reef as well. However, for the best conditions to see the inland wonders of the region, and good beach weather as well, try visiting between April and May or August and September. There will also be less rain, and a lower risk of bumping into jellyfish when swimming in the sea.
Renting a car (either from the airport or in town) is the best way to see the city and the surrounding region. Taking the coastal road is a great way to visit the many beaches, while the outback is only really accessible by car. However, cycling is a rewarding way to visit local attractions, and boats are essential to reach the islands and the Reef.