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Gladstone Queensland

A peaceful and thriving commodities shipping port with access to several pacific islands offshore.


At a Glance

Gladstone is the largest community within the Gladstone Region. Being a port city, it is near to high quality beaches and the Queensland sunshine. Gladstone is also located near the heart of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, home to numerous charming islands. Here you can admire the colorful reefs arranged artistically by nature, go for a refreshing swim at the ocean, enjoy the scenic view from the islands and look into the beautiful sunset during a romantic evening walk along the sandy beach.

Gladstone is also home to many islands in the Pacific near the Great Barrier Reef where activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, stand up paddle boarding and fishing are available.


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Where is Gladstone?

 

Gladstone is 532 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Gladstone is a major city in the Gladstone region 100km south-east of Rockhampton. Situated between Calliope and Boyne Rivers, Gladstone is home to Queensland’s largest multi-commodity shipping port. The city offers access to Heron Island, Wilson Island, Boyne Island and many others by air or boat. The Gladstone Harbour is definitely worth a visit. Gladstone is just a 50min plane ride from Brisbane Airport, however, driving or taking the train offers a cheaper alternative.


 

Things to see in Gladstone

 

The Great Barrier Reef

Home to diverse marine life of the most vivid colours, the Great Barrier Reef offers the opportunity for great adventure, whether you do it in luxury or on a budget. Explore the stunning Whitsunday Islands, trek the ancient Daintree Rainforest or relax on luxurious tropical islands such as Hayman and Lizard. Island-hop or stay in one of the many coastal getaways such as Cairns, Hervey Bay, Mission Beach and Port Douglas.

The Great Barrier Reef

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Tondoon Botanic Gardens

The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are home to an impressive species of plants from the Port Curtis Region and Tropical North Queensland. The gardens are set upon an 83 hectare site with a wide variety of flora and fauna Not only the Tondoon Garden, just look at the Japanese Tea Gardens, and the numerous walking tracks throughout the gardens and discover superbly cultivated gardens nestled into Mount Biondello.In addition, you can have a free guided tours of the gardens are available each week. Picnic areas with electric barbecues, tables and chairs, toilets and kids playground are all available, free of charge.

Tondoon Botanic Gardens

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Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum

It is dedicated to promoting art and heritage for and by the communities of the Gladstone Region and Central Queensland, acting as a focal point for the preservation and display of the region’s history and cultural heritage.This history made the housed in the heritage listed old Gladstone Town Hall, the current Gallery/Museum buildings are linked by a glass bridge walkway, purpose-built to accommodate the nineteenth century marble statue of the Region’s namesake, William Ewart Gladstone.

Gladstone Regional Gallery and Museum

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Gladstone Marina

With an emphasis on marine activity and boasting one of the highest boat ownerships per capita in Australia, it should come as no surprise that the Gladstone Marina is a modern complex for yachting, boating and fishing activities. In addition, the park itself, immaculately maintained by the Gladstone Ports Corporation, has barbecue facilities and playgrounds, public toilets, wheelchair access, a fully-equipped outdoor stage and extensive grassed areas for picnics, playing and even a game of cricket!

Gladstone Marina

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What's the weather like?

 

The climate of Gladstone can be described either as a tropical savannah climate or a subtropical climate, with very limited rainfall. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 22°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 23°C with an average minimum of 14°C.

 

Get to know Gladstone's history

 

The harbour in Gladstone was first scouted by James Cook and then subsequently by Matthew Flinders, who named it Port Curtis. A later survey by John Oxley revealed that the area was unsuitable for colonisation. Nevertheless, the British made attempts to establish a penal colony in the area which was ultimately withdrawn. From around 1847, settlers began to move to the area in search of grazing land as well as gold. Gladstone became a permanent settlement and infrastructures supporting its grazing and fishing industry were built.

In recent years, an aluminum processing plant was established there, creating employment opportunities in the area and contributed to further development and industrialisation in the area. Today, Gladstone is a major mining-related port and the fourth largest coal exporting terminal in the world.