Around the Festival

There was plenty to see and do around the Festival and in the Region during the 55th Annual Gladstone Harbour Festival!

Rides, Food and Mardi Gras

Wednesday 12th & Thursday 13th April - 6pm - 10:30pm 
Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April - 10am - 10:30pm 
2 For 1 Rides - Saturday 15th April, 10am - 2pm (Get your coupons in the Observer, Saturday 8th & 15th April)

Free Face Painting

The Capricornian's Free Face Painting 
Thursday 13th April, 5:30pm - 7:30pm 
Friday 14th April, 11am - 1pm 
Goldings Free Face Painting 
Saturday 15th April, 12pm - 2pm 
Sunday 16th April, 10am - 12pm 

Stockland Gladstone's Teddy Bears Picnic 

Saturday 15th April - 2pm, Main Stage Hill Marquee

If you go down to the festival today... You're sure of a big surprise... if you go down to the festival today... you’d better go in disguise… for every bear that ever was there will gather there for certain, because today's the day the teddy bears have their picnic! Be sure to grab your picnic rug and favourite teddy bear, whether they're big, small, old or new for the Teddy Bear's Picnic. There are lots of prizes on offer, and of course the big Easter egg hunt!

WICET's Marina Markets

Friday 14th & Saturday 15th April - 8am-4pm
There will be something on offer for everyone at the Marina Markets, held over two days at the Gladstone Harbour Festival.

Artscape by Bob Gammage, presented by GPC in conjunction with Paint the Port

Friday 14th April - 4pm - 9pm in the Food Court Marquee
Saturday 15th April - 11am - 3pm in the GPC Marina Parklands

Come and join Bob Gammage from TOLA (Theatre of Life Artistry) as he creates a live Artscape on site at the Gladstone Harbour Festival, Bob is a colourist, creating images you can step into. He is a painter, writer, philosopher and sculptor… see the artist at work and join in to create a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.  

Bob’s pieces will then be auctioned live on GPC’s Main Stage Saturday at 7pm
Bob Gammage
Auction  on the Main Stage of Festival Artscape by Bob Gammage - Saturday approx 7pm.
 In conjunction with GPC's Arts in the Park Gladstone Ports Corporation will also be hosting a Paint the Port competition. The competition provides amateur and professional artists from Gladstone, Rockhampton or Bundaberg with an opportunity to present their unique portrayal of port activities or infrastructure for a chance to win cash prizes. 

Around The Region

41st Gladstone Harbour Festival Fun Run 
When: Friday 14th April
Time: Race Kit Collection from 5:45am-6:45am for a 7am start 
Where: East Shores, Gladstone 
Admission: 3km Race Junior - $10 | 3km Race Senior - $15, 10km Race Junior - $15 | 10km Race Senior - $25
Registrations online at or visit or check out Gladstone Road Runners Facebook page for more details. 
Major reigstration prize and many random draw prizes up for grabs. 
Gelaspresso's Doughnut Eating Competition
The deck of the Dock at East Shores and Gelaspresso is the place to be on Good Friday! Win a $100 voucher by being the fastest! Eat the most doughnuts in 1 minute to win it. Entries via the Dock as space is running out fast, see their facebook page for more details! 
When: Friday 14th April
Time: 11am
Where: 17 Flinders Parade, Gladstone - The deck of the Dock at East Shores          

The Gladstone Hospital Annual Fashion Parade
The day includes a fashion parade, mini cent sale, raffles and a delicious homemade morning tea. 
When: Wednesday 12th April
Time: Doors open at 9am for a 9:30am start
Where: Gladstone Ports Corporation Social Club, Lord St, Gladstone 
Gladstone Orchid & Foliage Society Annual Easter Display 
A beautiful display of orchids, ferns and foliage, as well as a wide range of orchids and plants for sale. Easter Saturday will include quite a few workshops during the day as well for the public to view. 
When: Friday 14th April, Saturday 15th April & Sunday 16th April 
Time: 9am-4pm (Fri), 9am-4pm (Sat) & 9am-2pm (Sun)
Where: Bill Robertson Toyota, Hanson Rd, Gladstone 
Port Curtis Patchwork Group Display 
A display of patchwork and textiles created by the members of the Port Curtis Patchwork and Quilting group. There will also be a quilt raffle, sales table and morning & afternoon tea available. 
When: Friday 14th April & Saturday 15th April 
Time: 9am-4pm daily 
Where: Community Hub, Buller Street, Gladstone
Admission: Gold coin donation 


Gladstone and District Philatelic Society Inc Annual Two Day Stamp Fair
Free stamp collection valuations, stamp displays, stamp dealers, club circuit books, bargain table, raffles and lucky door prizes. Refreshments also available. As a special attraction a stamp dealer will be present who will be available to address your collection, along with dealers specialing in stamp and coin collecting accessories. 

Orders will also be taken for the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race covers. 

When: Saturday 15th April & Sunday 16th April 
Time: 9am-4pm (Sat) & 9am-3pm (Sun)
Where: Leo Zussino Building, CQU, Gladstone Marina 

Gladstone Maritime Museum 
View local maritime heritage displays. See special display items such as Noel Patrick's Dinghy used in research for his book and 60's era ski boat 'Chiquita', now restored. Resident model maker Ernie Pitts will be in attendance illustrating his skills. Tea of coffee is complimentary. 
When: Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th April
Time: 9am-4pm daily 
Where: Take the Port Access Rd from Glenlyon St and follow signs
Admission: Normal entry fee of $6/$5/$3 applies

HMAS Gladstone 
When:View anytime from walkway. If the flags are flying the vessel is open for guided tours
Where: East Shores Gladstone 
Admission: $5

Gladstone Musical Society Sacred Concert 
When: Thursday 13th April
Time: 10am, and afterwards at the Church Hall for a cuppa Where: Presbyterian Church, Goondoon St, Gladstone
Admission: Gold coin donation 

The Gladstone Embroiderer's Guild Annual Easter Display 
Come and see the beautiful handwork of the Gladstone Embroiderers Guild members. There will be demonstrations of embroidery by members, tables table of works and the annual raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold over two days and the prize will be drawn on Saturday 15th April at 3pm. 
When: Friday 14th & Saturday 15th April 
Time: 8am - 4pm 
Where: Gladstone Library, Goondoon Street Gladstone 

Gladstone Vintage & Classic Car Club Engine Running Day 
Stationary engines and vintage and classic cars on display 
When: Saturday 15th April 
Time: 9am - 2pm 
Where: Feedbarn, Dawson Highway Gladstone

Waterfront Artists Group Exhibition 
Free entry and paintings and small souvenirs for sale. 
When: April 2017
Time: 10am-4pm 
Where: Tondoon Botanic Gardens Gallery 

Kmart Markets - Coordinated by Midday Rotary 
New invigorated markets with plenty of new stallholders, fresh fruit and vegetables, food, coffee, free chess games and lots more!
When: Sunday 16th April 
Time: 7am-12pm 
Where: Kmart Gladstone

Around the Festival
  • Wednesday 12th April - Sunday 16th April 2017
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