The excitement of the Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area awaits!
Staying at Beach n Reef, you’re lucky enough to be situated in the perfect spot for local exploration, and to access some other great sights and destinations a little further afield.
Many of our guests enjoy using Beach n Reef as a home base from which to discover the exquisite beauty that surrounds Gladstone and the aptly named Discovery Coast, while nearby shops and attractions provide a satisfying range of entertainment for all the family.
Tannum Sands Fish Shop
07 4973 7467 3 Pacific Ave, Tannum Sands
Tannum’s ruling fish and chip shop. Great selection of locally caught fish, with a nice down-to-earth atmosphere. Their battered chips have to be tasted to be believed.
Tannum Shopping Centre
Cnr Hampton Dr and New St, Tannum Sands
The highlight of Tannum Sands, Millennium Esplanade was totally revamped in the year 2000, and soon became the area’s number one drawcard.
Lining Tannum’s main patrolled beach, the Esplanade features numerous covered picnic and barbecue areas, walking and cycling tracks, well-kept lawns and gardens, and ample natural shade.
Millennium Esplanade comes alive on the first Saturday of every month, with the BAM (Beach, Arts, Music) Markets showcasing entertainment, stalls and cultural delights from all around the local region.
A favourite part of the Boyne-Tannum area’s 20km of walking and cycling paths, Turtle Way is a signposted, educational section of public foreshore that commemorates the region’s most famous local inhabitants: green turtles.
Take your time navigating through the dappled shade, and once you arrive at the river mouth, keep an eye out for one of these beautiful, graceful creatures.
Boyne Tannum HookUp
WhatThis annual fishing competition grows every year, with people flocking from all over the world to see if they can walk away with a share of the $270,000 worth of prizes. Along with being fun for the whole family, the competition also educates youngsters on the great outdoors and respecting the wonderful environment we’re blessed with in the Boyne-Tannum area.
WhereBray Park, Boyne Island
Gladstone is one of Australia’s busiest ports, serving the many industrial and resources facilities in the region. Thousands of tonnes of coal and other industrial materials are processed through the port every single day, and much of the region’s natural conservation and tourism is subsidised by generous contributions from local industry.
If you’re in the area, be sure to check out one of the free industry tours around Gladstone and the harbour. They run almost every day, each focusing on a different – and entirely unique – facet of the region’s bustling trade and industry.
This patrolled, dog-friendly beach is a hit with locals and visitors alike, with a newly installed boardwalk, gleaming sand, tranquil water and public barbecue areas lined with lush natural trees and plants that stretch into the protected bushland.
Reef 2 Beach Longboard Classic
WhatQueensland’s northernmost surf beach plays host to throngs of sun and surf lovers each year with the Longboard Classic, a celebration of all things surf related.
WhereAgnes Water Surf Beach
Cnr Wyndham Ave and Centenary Dr, Boyne Island
Beaches, Parks, Walking and Cycling
The Boyne Island and Tannum Sands area is perhaps best known for its incredible beaches, parklands and other natural wonders.
Tannum Sands Surf Club
07 4973 7142 Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands
As their motto says, come for the food and stay for the view! Open morning til late every day, with great food and entertainment. A cafe, bar and bistro all in one.
Boyne Island Chinatown Restaurant
07 4973 3333 Shop 53 Boyne Plaza, 4 Centenary Dr, Boyne Island
Our local Chinese takeaway and restaurant. Known for its fast service, fabulous food and fun atmosphere. You know a place is good when it’s always busy!
Agnes Water Blues and Roots Festival
WhatHeld just a short hop down the Bruce Highway from Boyne Island and Tannum Sands, Agnes Water’s Blues and Roots Festival is a yearly highlight that draws thousands of local, interstate and international patrons and artists.
WhereAgnes Water SES Grounds
07 4973 7289 52 Malpas St, Boyne Island
A nice little local takeaway. Fresh meal packs, sandwiches, cake, coffee and river views. The place to go if you feel like a quick and easy bite overlooking the river.
101 Hampton Dr, Tannum Sands
Just 20km to the north of Boyne Island and Tannum Sands lies the port of Gladstone, a nerve centre of industry and ten-time winner of the Tidy Towns awards.
Gladstone is a town rich with history, entertainment and dining, tourist attractions, and natural bushland and walks.
Popular attractions and activities in and around Gladstone include Baffle Creek and Miriam Vale , Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Coffee Cruise, Gecko Valley Winery, Auckland Hill and Round Hill Lookouts, Mount Larcom.
BAM (Beach Arts Music) Markets
What 80 stalls spread through Millennium Esplanade, featuring music, art, local artisans and craftsmen, and pretty much all things local! Walk around sampling the local delights, stretch out on the beach, or bring a picnic to enjoy under the trees.
When First Saturday of every month
Where Millennium Esplanade, Tannum Sands
Galleon Steak & Pizza House
07 4973 8833 Shop 3, 4 Booth Ave, Tannum Sands
Tannum’s best pizza at family-friendly prices. Great award-winning menu for all the family, including pizzas, burgers, steak and all the usual takeaway favourites.
Fishing and Boating
If you’d like to explore the area’s myriad waterways or want to try your hand wetting a line, Boyne Island and Tannum Sands have more options than you can shake a rod at. There are four boat ramps to choose from: three on Boyne Island, and one at Tannum.
Whether you’re after the elusive barramundi or feel like a juicy mud crab for dinner, there are endless options to choose from
Great Barrier Reef and Islands
Departing from Gladstone Marina there are numerous charter boats and tours that will take you out to the spectacular Southern Great Barrier Reef and its acclaimed islands, including: Curtis Island, Lady Musgrave Island, Heron Island.
Whether you’re off on a day trip or planning on spending a night or two out on the reef, there’s a charter to suit. Activities include fishing, sailing, nature tours, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Gladstone Harbour Festival
What This annual extravaganza is by far the biggest and most highly anticipated event of the year. Live entertainment, cultural activities, food and drink, and of course the renowned Brisbane To Gladstone Yacht Race all feature. If there’s only one thing you plan on attending, make sure it’s the Harbour Festival!
Where Gladstone Marina
Gladstone Yacht Club
07 4972 2294 1 Goondoon St, Gladstone One of the Gladstone region’s most well-known restaurants. Seafood, steaks and other modern Australian fare, and a truly breathtaking view to go with it!