The stunning eastern coastline of beaches and headlands overlooking the Coral Sea will leave you speechless when exploring Curtis and Facing Island.
Curtis Ferry Services is the premier transport provider to the islands in the Capricorn Bunker group. We provide services to the three largest coral cay islands in the group - North West, Masthead and Lady Musgrave Islands.
On Curtis Island, Camping is permitted halfway up the east coast at the sand blow at Yellow Patch, not too far from the Cape Capricorn lighthouse. A more accessible grassy campground is located on the outskrits of the community of Southend, just one kilometre from the barge landing point. Southend also has some accommodation and eating options available for day trips or longer stays.
The Oaks is located at the pristine, relaxed north-west side ofFacing Island near Farmers Point.
Camp site bookings for can be made online, or through the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
The appropriately named Turtle Beach is home to the third largest flatback turtle breeding site in Queensland so if you are visiting between October to March you may see nesting and hatching on the shore.
Bring your binoculars as you will be in bird spotting heaven with rainbow lorikeet parrots, sea eagles, jabirus, cockatoos, black swans, herons, brolgas, wood ducks, and the rare yellow chat all occupying the island.
Out on the surrounding reef of southern Facing Island is an incredible spot for catching Sweetlip, Coral Trout, Honeycomb Cod, Tuna and Mackerel. Whereas at the northern end of Facing Island, there's great beach fishing for sensational Whiting, Bream, Dart and Flathead. Make sure you understand zoning and fishing regulations before you go.
You could spend two to three days hiking along the rugged east coast of Curtis island! The beauty of the ocean bays, cliff views and unique bush landscape certainly will leave you with stunning memories. You must be self-sufficient for this exposed and challenging hike though. Trails do range from beginner to intermediate and start close to the Southend drop off
Remember to hike safely:
Four-wheel-drive tracks wind their way throughout Curtis and Facing Island, leading to some of the most beautiful and stunning beaches and cliff lookouts! Just remember, all vehicles must be registered and driven by licensed drivers.
Gladstone is a harbour city located in the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is the gateway to picturesque islands and reef. Previously known as a 'sleepy hollow' township, this dynamic, modern city basks in its sub-tropical climate, waterways and beaches that lie on its doorstep offering year-round boating, 4 wheel driving, swimming and surfing. Gladstone is also famous for its fishing and crabbing, with outstanding spots located on the near-by islands of Curtis and Facing Islands.
The Gladstone Region is located in Central Queensland, approximately 550 kilometres north of Brisbane and offers visitors close access to The Great Barrier Reef. The clear aquamarine waters and underwater wonder of the reef provide one of the best fishing and scuba diving locations in the world. A variety of accommodation and a camping experiences are also available.
The port of Gladstone is impressive - even by world standards! Strategically located as a natural distribution point for the world-wide shipment of Central Queenslands resources, this busy port is one of the largest multi cargo ports in Australia. The adjacent Gladstone Marina has been constructed to international standards as an anchorage for up to 200 pleasure crafts and as the departure terminal for visits to The Great Barrier Reef.
The Gladstone Marina is also the departure point for Curtis Ferry Services. If lucky, visitors may even catch a glimpse of the harbours resident dolphins. Gladstone Marina is an ideal family recreational facility that includes barbecue facilities, boardwalks and a restaurant which are amongst the stunning park landscape and gardens. The sound shell and surrounding lawns provide a picture-perfect setting to showcase entertainment - from the fully staged shows of the Harbour Festival to concerts performed by our resident schools.
Further Information Can Be Obtained From The
GLADSTONE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE
Marina Ferry Terminal Bryan Jordan Drive
Gladstone, QLD 4680
PH 07 49729000