Located between the Calliope and Boyne Rivers, Gladstone is home to Queensland’s largest multi-commodity shipping port. Its humid, subtropical climate ensures comfortable temperatures year round.
At around 550km north of Brisbane and 100km south-east of Rockhampton, as well as providing direct access to many islands in the area, it is a popular destination amongst travelling tourists and those looking to enjoy the beach.
As such, the region’s main talking point is its proximity to the beach and the famous Great Barrier Reef. Book yourself onto a snorkelling or scuba diving tour where you can get up close and personal with the resident marine life. If you prefer to stay above the waves, head to Australia’s northernmost surf beach between the towns of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.
Fishing is a popular pastime of those staying at Budget Motels in Gladstone. The assortment of fish found here is endless – sweetlip, coral trout, tuna, mackerel, barramundi, bream, grunter, trevally, queenfish, saratoga, cod, mudcrabs and more. Lake Awoonga is a popular inland fishing location, otherwise you can drop a line in on the ocean or even book yourself onto a charter.
If you are looking for cheap motels in Gladstone, you’ve come to the right place. We have plenty of comfortable and even self-contained accommodation options to choose from, ensuring an enjoyable stay.
From an overnight getaway to a weeklong stay, rest assured that our range of hotels in Gladstone has got you covered. Plus, you will be in close proximity to everything you could need during your stay.
At Budget Motels, we pride ourselves on offering affordable accommodation with all the creature comforts of home. Whether you’re travelling alone or with the whole family in tow, we can help you find the solution.
Budget accommodation in Gladstone is about 6 hours drive from Brisbane – simply jump on the Bruce Highway. The town is also about 5 hours and 15 minutes drive from Mackay or an hour and a half drive from Rockhampton.
If you don’t want to bring the car, you can always jump on a plane. QantasLink and Virgin Airlines operate daily flights between Brisbane and Gladstone. The flight takes about an hour and is by far the easiest route.
Other ways to reach your hotel in Gladstone include: by train (Queensland Rail operates regular services, the main one being the Tilt Train), by bus (Greyhound Australia run daily services through the region) and even by cruise ship (P&O Cruises operates a handful of cruises with ports in the region).
If you have chosen to stay at cheap accommodation in Gladstone, you will be pleased to learn that there are plenty of major attractions in the area for you to enjoy. There is something to suit every kind of visitor.
The beach and reef aren’t the only natural wonders that the region is known for – check out the Auckland Point Lookout, Kroombit Tops National Park, Mount Larcom climb, Eurimbula National Park, Tondoon Botanic Gardens and the Turtle Rehabilitation Centre on Quoin Island.
Being located on the coast, you have to sample some of the delicious local seafood when staying at cheap hotels in Gladstone. Most of the local restaurants will have some on the menu, from fish to shellfish.
The region is home to numerous events throughout the year, many of which draw in hundreds of tourists. Popular events include the Pro Surfers Longboard Classic, Gladstone Harbour Festival, Boyne-TannumHookup, Captain Cook 1770 Commemorative Festival, Gladstone Show and so on.
You can also immerse yourself in the history and culture of the region by visiting the Calliope River Historical Village, the Gladstone Maritime Museum, HMAS Gladstone or the Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum.
Although most motel accommodation in Gladstone is self-contained, if you would prefer a break from cooking there are plenty of delicious restaurants, cafes, takeaway stores and wineries where you can enjoy the local produce.