|Most popular in||June||High demand for flights, 8% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||March||Best time to find cheap flights, 2% potential price drop|
|Average price||$564||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||$425||From Melbourne to Gladstone|
$316 - $674
Between October and March, the temperatures around Gladstone will regularly be above 30 degrees Celsius, making this an energy sapping time to visit for hikers, but it is the perfect time for sunbathers to book their flights to Gladstone, and excellent for visitors to the Reef as well.
For those who are looking for the best conditions to see the inland wonders of the region, whilst also being able to enjoy good beach weather, try booking flights to Gladstone between April and May or August and September. Temperatures drop slightly during these periods and you can expect an average temperature between 19 and 24 degrees. There will also be less rain, and a lower risk of bumping into jellyfish when swimming in the sea. You will generally find cheap flights to Gladstone and accommodation prices during these months.
Whilst co-ordinating your trip with the weather is important, it may be an added extra to visit Gladstone during one of its many events or festivals. The Gladstone Harbour Festival is one of the largest free community festivals in Australia. Perfect for the whole family, the festival showcases Gladstone’s unique lifestyle and beautiful surroundings, through a number of activities, including novelty events, delicious food, entertainment and rides. Its popularity increases every year and you could be enjoying yourself with around 70,000 other visitors who take flights to Gladstone during Easter for the festivities. If you’re a fish fan, The Gladstone Seafood Festival is not to be missed, as the fresh locally sourced seafood will have your taste buds tingling. With a licensed bar, various children’s activities and a host of other food stalls, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy.
With beaches and water sports, Barrier Reef cruises and inland spots of breathtaking natural beauty, Gladstone is one of Australia’s finest holiday destinations, with people catching flights from all over the world to sample its delights.
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 of 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 and clean and the waters warm and welcoming.
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.
Unfortunately, Gladstone Airport (GLT) is not linked to the town by public bus services but every arrival will be met by an army of taxis waiting to transport visitors to their hotels or campsites. Special hotel shuttles are commonly laid on by accommodation providers, so check whether your hotel offers such a service before flying.