Getting to know the Gladstone Region

The Gladstone region is often referred to as the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, but it’s not just underwater.

The Boyne Burnett Inland Rail Trail may be one of the region’s newest adventure attractions, but it has been around for almost a century. The line was once used to connect regional Queenslanders between Gladstone and Gayndah. After years of disuse, it’s now been given a new lease on life, attracting hikers, bikers and horse riders. This newly-released multi-use covers 32 kilometres, stretching from Barimoon Siding in Kalpowar, through to Builyan.

If you’re a keen cyclist, there’s another trail well worth exploring in the Gladstone Region. Connor Bluff is an incredible coastal track on Curtis Island, just a short ferry ride over from the mainland. As you hug the rugged coastline on two wheels, you cannot help but take in the epic scenery.

This beautiful coastline continues further south along the Discovery Coast, where you’ll find the quaint coastal towns of Agnes Water and 1770. It’s a seemingly quiet stretch of coastline until you spot the town’s iconic LARCs. These bright pink amphibious crafts are the stars of 1770 LARC Tours, who offer a unique way to explore the area.

Where else can you cycle along secluded coastlines, discover remnants of the past, or see the sun set on board an amphibious craft?

And – it’s all within striking distance of one another!

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