Cruise company releases details of tour taking in Gladstone

P&O; Cruises has released details of its Southern Barrier Reef Discovery cruise.
P&O; Cruises has released details of its Southern Barrier Reef Discovery cruise. P&O Cruises

P&O Cruises has started advertising its Southern Barrier Reef Discovery cruise, which will include a stop in Gladstone.

The cruise will start in Sydney before taking in Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, Gladstone and the Southern Barrier Reef, and Moreton Island.

P&O last year announced its ships would be stopping at Auckland Point in Gladstone, in a major boost for local tourism.

P&O Cruises CEO Ann Sherry said at the time that Queensland was central to the growth of the nation's cruise industry.

"Gladstone is among a number of regional ports that will now take their place as regular cruise destinations benefiting from visits from thousands of cruise travellers.

"We know that the Gladstone community has looked forward to this development and their support is warmly appreciated."

A promotion on the cruise company's website reads: "Can you keep a secret? Neither can we. That's why we're cruising to Gladstone, the only port from which you can access the lesser-known, southern Great Barrier Reef, said to be the most beautiful part.

"As the gateway to the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is blessed with beautiful beaches and heavenly hinterland. Head to Mooloolaba Esplanade for alfresco dining (make sure to try the famous Mooloolaba prawn).

"Then hit Mooloolaba Beach, one of Queensland's best and safest swimming beaches.

"While in Moreton Island, you can handfeed wild dolphins, try parasailing, quad biking and much more."

The seven-night cruise will leave Sydney on March 17, 2016 and costs from $749 per person quad share, or $899 per person twin share.

Gladstone the gateway to the Southern Great Barrier Reef with direct access to Heron Island, Lady Musgrave Island and the historic town of 1770.



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