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Rainbow on the Reef Pride Festival 2023

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We're back and bringing PRIDE back to Gladstone for a week long celebration and YOU are invited! Join us from 2 - 10 June for the 2nd Rainbow on the Reef's PRIDE Festival 2023 - you'll be glad you did!

The Festival will be a fun-filled celebration, our program will work to cultivate a culture of pride in identity and diversity that creates the conditions to empower the LGBTQIA+ community in the Gladstone Region and beyond!

Invite your friends, family and Allies from across the the country to celebrate at the southern Great Barrier Reef.

What's happening?

Friday 2nd June, 7:30 pm | Festival Launch @ Gladstone Cinemas proudly supported by Here for Gladstone  BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

Join us at Gladstone's home of cinema entertainment for the launch of the Rainbow on the Reef PRIDE 2023 Festival. This fabulous night out will include a screening of award winning film Pride -  Tickets $20 (includes small popcorn and Drink)

Film rating M

Here for Gladstone


Friday 9th June | “Priscilla” Not the musical and no not the lavender bus – Hervey Road Tavern – ADULTS ONLY – BOOKING ESSENTIAL

Are you ready for a fun filled night,  with lots of laughs and live cabaret?

The fabulous Wanda Dparke is returning to Gladstone for the Rainbow on the Reef 2023 Pride Festival. 
Performing LIVE with a new show!

dParke Entertainment Presents "Priscilla" Not the movie... Not the musical... and no lavendar bus! 

Get excited for: Camp cabaret classics,  Divine disco, Cultured comedy, Prizes (Best Dressed & Lucky Door)

Doors: 7pm
Shows: 8.30pm & 9.30pm
Tickets: $55
 Harvey Road Tavern, Gladstone (1 Harvey Rd, Clinton QLD 4680)

Note: tickets for this event are only available on Eventbright and are not part of the packaged ticket offer: tickets here

Saturday 10th June | Rainbow on the Reef PRIDE Fair Day - GPC Marina Parklands! 


Proudly supported by Gladstone Regional Councils Community Celebration fund, Smit Lamnalco, Shell QGC, Stocklands and  Queensland County Bank.

This fun-filled event celebrates PRIDE in a sea of colour! Featuring Live Entertainment, Drag Queens, Live Music, Food Trucks, and Information Stalls.

Come join the fun celebrate pride in diversity, connect and make friends and chat to specialised LGBTQIA+ services.

Stay tuned for more announcements soon about artist and stall holders. 

Bryan Jordan Dr, Gladstone Central QLD

The Rainbow on the Reef PRIDE Festival Fair day 2023 is proudly supported by:

Gladstone Regional Council

Queensland Mental Health Commission

Smit Lamnalco



 Queensland Country Bank

Lion Heart

Saturday 10th June| Balls Out Bingo and Dance Party @ The Reef


This year we are combining last years sell out Balls out Bingo with the Dance Party!

If you like hilarious fun, then Balls out Bingo and dance party is the night out for you. Part comedy, part bingo, part cabaret this night will be like no other.

Your bingo queens for the night with be Candy Suprise and Hovanna Crown, once the Bingo is done it will be time to crank up the music  and dance the night away. Brisbane's award winning DJ Dolly Llama is returning to the Gladstone, spinning the decks well into the night and only a few weeks after supporting Aria Award winner Tones and I.

This event will sell-out fast.

PLEASE NOTE: Balls out Bingo is an 18+ adult only show. To ensure your maximum enjoyment its important to bring an open mind and your sense of humour. This is not your nanas bingo.

If you only want to attend the dance party you will be able to pay on the door.

This event is proudly supported by:

The Reef Hotel

Need somewhere to stay? Check out these awesome accommodation deals for Gladstone!

We also have some exclusive PRE and POST Festival accommodation deals to explore the region's beautiful Agnes Water & Town of Seventeen Seventy! 

Use the PROMOCODE: 23PRIDE to get 20% OFF when you book 2 nights or more in any cabin at Discovery Parks – Tannum Sands for stays June 2 – June 10, 2023. Bookings:

The deals below are perfect for you pre and post pride relaxation. 

4 great offers available depending on length of stay and travel dates. All can be only be booked direct with the Resort at or by calling 07 4974 9428.

Stay Monday to Thursday and SAVE in our 1, 2 or 3 Bedroom Beach Homes. Stay 2 Nights or extend to 4! A great getaway for the whole Family.

Includes 2, 3 or 4 night’s accommodation mid-week. Up to $60* Dining Credit at our on-site Restaurant - Drift & Wood
Travel dates: 23 January to 30 March 2023; 02 May to 22 June 2023
Subject to availability, only available Monday to Thursday nights.
New Direct Bookings only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Available during low Season only until 22 June 2023. Not available Friday, Saturday or Sunday nights, School or Public Holidays, Peak Season or during special events.

Dining credit: Stay 2 Nights = $30 / Stay 3 Nights = $45 / Stay 4 Nights = $60.
2 nights mid-week in 1 Bedroom Beach Home, save 25% (Was $660) Now $490
4 nights mid-week in 3 Bedroom Beach Home, save 32% (Was $2120) Now $1440

 Sunday Nights HALF PRICE!
Make every weekend a Long Weekend with half price Sunday nights! 3+ night stay in a 1, 2, or 3 Bedroom Beach Home - Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Travel Dates: 16 January to 30 March 2023; 02 May to 22 June 2023

*T&C - Subject to availability, Available on selected dates for a 3+ night stay including a Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. Beach Homes only. Half Price night is Sunday. Must stay the Sunday night in order to receive the discount. New Bookings only, cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Not available during School Holidays, Public Holiday Long Weekends or Special Events.

1 Bedroom Beach Home - 3 night Weekend stay, save 16% (Was 870) Now $725
2 Bedroom Beach Home - 3 Night Weekend Stay, save 16% (Was $1149) Now $957.50
3 Bedroom Beach Home - 3 night Weekend stay, Save 16% (Was $1431) Now $1192.50

Create some midweek romance with: a complimentary bottle of bubbles and chocolates on arrival discounted 1 Bedroom Beach Home rates.

Why not upgrade to a Beach Home with your own private plunge pool!

Travel dates: 30 January 2023 to 30 March 2023 and 02 May 2023 to 22 June 2023.
*Subject to availability, minimum 2 night stay. Monday to Thursday only. New direct bookings only. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Captain Cook Holiday Village

Book 2 or more nights during the whole month of May & June (starting May 1st ending June 30th) using the discount code: PRIDE and receive 15% off your entire stay.

To use this code, guests can call their office, or book directly on our website to apply this code. (07) 4974 9219

384 Captain Cook Dr, Seventeen Seventy QLD 4677 

  Accommodation deals facilitated by:

Gladstone Area Promotion Development Limited

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