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Tondoon Botanic Gardens

The Tondoon Botanic Gardens is one of the many astonishing gardens in Australia. The botanic garden opened in 1988 and since then, more than 20,000 people visit the garden every year. Tondoon Botanic Gardens is about 17 hectares, covered with both tropical and sub-tropical plants, dry rainforests plants, bodies of water, and many botanical displays. Most of the plants are sourced from around the east, south-east, and the far north of Queensland.

Other than the vast variety of plants, Tondoon Botanic Gardens is not your typical botanical garden with straight hedges and coiffed up lawns. Lake Tondoon and Mount Biondello, Gladstone’s highest peak, is overlooking this floral masterpiece. It also features a deck and cafe nearby the lake and trails running up the mountain range. Located at 672 Glenolyn Road, be sure to wear comfortable clothes, a hat, insect repellent, and sunscreen when you want to visit here.

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Tondoon Botanic Gardens

East Shores Precinct

If you want to relax or have fun with friends and family, you will love East Shores Precinct! This recreational precinct is the trendiest place to spend your leisure time in Gladstone. It is hailed as a world-class recreational precinct for both Gladstone residents and visitors of all ages. Situated along the Flinders Parade, the precinct includes amenities that many people can enjoy, such as a water park, waterfront boardwalk with a viewing platform to spot dolphins, vast green open spaces, and a place for barbecues. You can even have a walk with your dog, have a picnic below the shades, or enjoy the scenic views on top of Auckland Point Hill.

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East Shores Precinct

Spinnaker Park

Spinnaker Park is another recreational area for family, friends, children, or just by yourself! The award-winning park officially opened in 20 1 and became Gladstone’s premier recreational centre. Located on the Redcliffe Peninsula, the park is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life. It has walking tracks along the ocean wall that displays a picturesque view of the harbour. An area to gaze out at nearby islands from the shoreline and watch cargo ships and boats sailing in and out. It also has various native wetlands to explore and a nearby cafe to visit whenever you get hungry. During warm, sunny days, you can enjoy a dip at the beach cove while having a barbeque or picnic. Ultimately, Spinnaker Park is an area for all occasions like birthdays, parties, events, and more! Visit Spinnaker Park at 222 Alf Orouke Drive, Callemondah.

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Spinnaker Park

Gladstone Maritime Museum

Gladstone Maritime Museum is an excellent destination when you want to explore more about Australia’s maritime and local history. The museum is run by a non-profit organization called the Gladstone Maritime History Society Inc. Their mission is to collect, preserve, and display maritime artifacts and acknowledgment of Gladstone’s naval history. Gladstone Maritime Museum displays various artifacts from collection of vessels, model ships, navigational aids to shipwreck relics. The museum also includes a library that stores hundreds of historical papers and journals. Another well-known feature of this museum is the HMAS Gladstone II, which is an ex-Australian Navy Fremantle Class Patrol Boat set in the East Shores Gladstone Coal Exporters Maritime Precinct. The vessel was known for its remarkable contribution to the nation’s fisheries protection, humanitarian assistance, immigration, and disaster relief operations. You can find this museum at 60 Flinders Parade, Gladstone Central in the East Shores Parklands next to the ferry terminal.

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Gladstone Maritime Museum