Tannum Sands

Travel Guide
Gladstone

Explore Boyne Island and Wild Cattle Island, pitch a tent near the beach or go surfing at this gem of a vacation and fishing spot in sunny Queensland.

Visit Tannum Sands, the main surfing beach for the city of Gladstone. This beachside vacation hub gives access to some pretty cool islands and lakes as well.

Nature sets the pace in tranquil Tannum Sands. Go fishing for barramundi or follow The Turtle Way, a walking path that hugs the riverbank and coastline, if all you want is some time away in nature. Don’t miss the local Beach Arts Music (BAM) Markets, held on the first Saturday of each month.

The Millennium Esplanade connects one of the local trailer parks to the beach, so you’ll be in the water within minutes if you camp there. The water is usually warm enough to swim in year round. Go surfing in the often low waves when the tide is in. Be aware that the beach is divided by rock flats that are only visible at low tide and that the local surf life savers only patrol the beach during spring and summer.

The beachfront Tannum Sands Surf Life Saving Club, established in 1936, is a great place to go for a drink with Coral Sea views.

The coastal community of Tannum Sands is just a (vehicle) bridge away from Boyne Island. The island sits in the Boyne River and is another vacation haven, but it’s also home to a huge aluminum smelter, as you will learn at the local Smelter Visitor Centre. If you have a four-wheel-drive vehicle, you can get a permit to camp at Lilley's Beach. Water skiing, canoeing, bush walking and fishing are also popular here and the dunes are great for bird watching.

Take a boat with you and launch it from the southern end of the Millennium Esplanade to reach nearby Wild Cattle Island National Park via Wild Cattle Creek. The island has a long sandy beach where you can escape the crowds and go camping, fishing or beach combing.

Tannum Sands and its beaches and islands are located just 12 miles (30 kilometers) southeast of Gladstone and only a small detour from the main coastal highway in Queensland.

Tannum on the Beach Motel
Tannum on the Beach Motel
3 out of 5
22-24 Ocean Street, Tannum Sands, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$120 per night from 30 Jan. to 31 Jan.
Offering direct access to the beach, this Tannum Sands motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Tannum Sands Beach, Wild Cattle Island National Park and Boyne Island Conservation ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (64 reviews)
"Check in good, room excellent in all aspects...couldn't fault anything. Motel within easy walking distance to Surf Club which has an extensive dinner menu."

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2021

Tannum on the Beach Motel
Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands
Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands
3 out of 5
Millenium Esplanade, Tannum Sands, QLD
The price is AU$126 per night from 15 Feb. to 16 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this holiday park is within a 10-minute walk of Wild Cattle Island National Park and Tannum Sands Beach. Boyne Island Conservation Park ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (196 reviews)
"Great place to stay. Right on the waterfront"

Reviewed on 27 Oct. 2021

Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands
Palm Valley Motel and Self-contained Holiday Units
Palm Valley Motel and Self-contained Holiday Units
3.5 out of 5
22 Beach Avenue, Tannum Sands, QLD
Situated near the beach, this motel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Tannum Sands Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Wild Cattle Island National Park and Boyne Island ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (78 reviews)
"Close to the beach"

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2021

Palm Valley Motel and Self-contained Holiday Units
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South Gladstone Motel
South Gladstone Motel
3 out of 5
83 Toolooa Street, South Gladstone, QLD
The price is AU$85 per night from 19 Jan. to 20 Jan.
Located in South Gladstone, this aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Barney Point Beach and Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum. Gladstone Entertainment and Convention ...
3.6/5 Good! (34 reviews)
"It was fantastic that we could have our dog stay we did find the landscaping needed tending to and the mould on the ceiling in our room cleaned everything else was nice manger was friendly and room clean"

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

South Gladstone Motel
Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
79 Goondoon Street, Gladstone, QLD
The price is AU$129 per night from 21 Jan. to 22 Jan.
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (629 reviews)
"Well appointed and convenient to everything."

Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2022

Oaks Gladstone Grand Hotel
Gladstone Central Plaza
Gladstone Central Plaza
4.5 out of 5
52 Oaka Lane, Gladstone, QLD
The price is AU$143 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.
Located in the heart of Gladstone, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre, Gladstone Yacht Club and ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (221 reviews)
"Neat and clean"

Reviewed on 13 Jan. 2022

Gladstone Central Plaza
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