Anyone keen on experiencing an exciting family event while on holidays to Australia should visit Gladstone between April 5th and 12th.

Anyone keen on experiencing an exciting family event while on holidays to Australia should visit Gladstone between April 5th and 12th.

This is when the annual Gladstone Harbour Festival is to be held, a tradition that began in 1963.

Originally intended to be a one-day event to celebrate the homecoming of participants in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, it has since evolved into a seven-day extravaganza that is sure to have something to suit everyone.

Approximately 70,000 spectators descend on Gladstone every year to see live music and entertainment, which will this year involve Bob the Builder, a teddy bears’ picnic and a Queen tribute act.

The event culminates in a spectacular fireworks show to rival those seen at Disneyworld.

Gladstone is Queensland’s largest port and is situated 550 kilometres north of Brisbane.

It was once branded ‘Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef’ as it has access to Heron Island, Lady Elliot Island and other islands from the marina and local airstrips.

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