The Gladstone Region boasts some of the most remote and secluded beaches along the Great Barrier Reef. If you are looking to really escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, then a getaway to the Gladstone Region is for you!
The Region is located smack bang in the middle of the Southern Great Barrier Reef with an abundance of quaint coastal towns, deserted stretches of white sandy coast and untouched islands and coral cays all waiting for you to discover.
Visit the popular local getaway Lilley’s Beach on the picturesque Boyne Island, stay overnight in the quaint coastal town of Turkey Beach or venture off the beaten track to the hidden beauty of Rules Beach.
Regardless of what type of accommodation or holiday you are seeking, the beaches of the Gladstone region have it all!
If venturing beyond the tourist trail sounds like your kind of holiday, then a visit to Rules Beach is a must! Located in the Gladstone region, Rules Beach is situated around 130km south of Gladstone’s CBD and 50km south of Agnes Waters and Seventeen Seventy.
With the southern Great Barrier Reef and several miles of pristine white sandy beach at your doorstep, Rules Beach is the ultimate location to relax, explore and unwind! This quaint beachfront town will have you zoning into Queensland’s laid-back way of life in no time.
The Beach extends between Baffle Creek and Broadwater Creek and is the only location in the Discovery Coast where you can legally drive a 4WD vehicle on the sand. As you make your way from the humble town centre towards the ocean, you will be welcomed by lush walkways that will lead you through to the secluded sands of the coastline.
The beach sits on a small strip of land that extends beyond the mainland. As you reach the tip of the sandy strip, you will have access to both the east and west side of the beach.
Accommodation in the area can be limited so make sure you get in quick!
Located south of Gladstone and just a short drive from Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy, Turkey Beach is one of the last remaining ‘undeveloped’ beach townships in Queensland.
Turkey Beach is geographically the closest destination in Queensland to the Great Barrier Reef. With a population of just a few hundred, this coastal getaway is the perfect place to really get away from it all.’
One of the reasons Lilley’s Beach is well-loved by locals is the fact that this pristine paradise can only be accessed by 4WD. The beach can be found on Boyne Island which, along with its twin town Tannum Sands, is situated around 25km south of Gladstone CBD.
Lilley’s Beach extends for 1.7 kilometres on the eastern side of Boyne Island. Access to the beach is by 4WD only at low tide and permits are needed to access this stunning hidden paradise. There are no facilities on the island so be sure to bring drinking water, cooking and camping attire and firewood along with you.
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