Turkey Beach is a small coastal township south of Gladstone in Queensland, Australia. It is a laid back coastal fishing village that sits in the protected Rodds Bay. At the 2006 census, Turkey Beach had a population of 133.
Turkey Beach is geographically closer than virtually anywhere else in Queensland to the Great Barrier Reef. The name Turkey relates directly back to the bustard or bush turkey shot by Captain Cook's crew back in 1770 when they discovered the area aboard HMS Endeavour.
The area features large areas of mangrove inlets, creeks and estuaries that provide excellent fishing and some of the best mud crabbing areas in Queensland. The Eurimbula National Park preserves the rugged peninsular between the bay and the Coral Sea where Rodds Bay is home to a variety of marine and bird life. Nearby Pancake Creek is a wilderness park located in the lee of Bustard Head providing a popular anchorage for yachts and boats.
Turkey beach also has a small tidal swimming enclosure near the boat ramp and an extensive network of sandy beaches outside Rodds Harbour offers beachgoers plenty of choice.
The town of Turkey Beach is well amened. Accommodation is available, but there is no camping in the township. Turkey beach has good links with the towns of 1770 and Agnes Water, the tourist hubs of the Discovery Coast.