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Gladstone, Queensland

The city of Gladstone is developed on hills overlooking the focal point of its economic development – the natural deepwater harbour. The dynamic, modern city of Gladstone basks in a sub-tropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches providing year-round boating, fishing, swimming and surfing. As the centre of the southern reef, access to Heron Island, Lady Musgrave Island and uninhabited coral cays, offers visitors the miracle of the Great Barrier Reef. A large Charter Boat fleet operators from the world class Marina.

A wide variety of restaurants and eateries cater to all tastes – from Australian tucker to Gladstone’s famous mud crab and fresh seafood. All types of accommodation are available including four-star motel properties, comfortable and affordable motels and caravan parks.

Gladstone a coastal city

Gladstone is a coastal town that’s home to giants of industry including the largest alumina factory in the world. It’s also Queensland’s largest port exporting vast quantities of coal and grain.
The dynamic, modern city basks in a subtropical climate with islands, waterways and beaches on the doorstep of the Great Barrier Reef. It offers fabulous boating, fishing, watersports and much more.
Gladstone is home to Queensland’s favourite crustacean, the mud crab, and large numbers of barramundi can be found in the surrounding lakes and estuaries for those keen to cast a line. The waterways provide a great opportunity for the amateur fisherman, with a huge variety of species available to the skilful angler.
The delicious ‘muddie’ and mouth-watering freshwater ‘barra’ are a thriving industry in these parts and many find their way to the tables of quality restaurants and eateries in the city and region, often combined with local tropical fruits such as avocado, paw paw and pineapple.
Gladstone’s attractive marina is a launching point to the outlying Great Barrier Reef. A two-hour catamaran ride or a 30 minute helicopter trip over the reef will get you to Heron Island, a haven for seabirds and one of the most beautiful diving spots on the coast. Thousands of visitors flock to Heron for the extraordinary annual turtle nesting and hatching season from November through to April.

Activites and Experiences at Gladstone

  • Fishing – Estuary Local waterways provide ample opportunity for the angler to wet their line.
  • Fishing – Deep Sea Numerous Charter Boats operate out of the Gladstone Marina which can cater for your Deep Sea fishing adventure.
  • Golfing There is an 18 hole golf course located in Gladstone with coaching, equipment hire and sales and Bunkers Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturdays.
  • Industrial Various local industries have scheduled weekly tours. These include the world’s largest alumina refinery, Queenslands largest manufacturer of Cement, Queenslands largest Multi-Cargo Port and Australia’s largest independent power producer.
  • Swimming Gladstone has various swimming venues including the public and heated pools and two local beaches are equipped with stinger nets.
  • Tennis The Gladstone District Tennis Association holds various fixtures throughout the week, including social fixtures on Tuesday and Friday mornings.
  • Wine Tasting Gecko Valley, Gladstone’s own Winery, welcomes all visitors to come sample some of their wines.
  • Accommodation There is a broad range of accommodation facilities within the Gladstone City Area, including Motels, Bed and Breakfasts and Caravan Parks.
  • Airport Gladstone airport has regular services to Brisbane and regional Queensland.
  • Ambulance An ambulance station is located in Gladstone.
  • Automatic Teller Machine Full banking facilities are available in Gladstone for most institutions.
  • Banking Facilities Full banking facilities are available in Gladstone for most institutions.
  • Beach There are two beaches with stinger nets located in Gladstone.
  • Boat Ramp Several boat ramps are located throughout Gladstone and the immediate region for easy access to local estuaries.
  • Chemist There are numerous chemists in Gladstone some of which have after hours service.
  • Cinema/Theatre Gladstone has two cinemas – the Glen Drive-In Theatre and Gladstone Cinemas.
  • Coach Stop Gladstones Coach Terminal is located at Mobil 24hour Service Station near the city centre.
  • Dentist A full range of medical practioners are located in Gladstone.
  • Fuel There are many service stations in Gladstone providing all fuel types.
  • Golf There is an 18 hole golf course located in Gladstone with coaching, equipment hire and sales and Bunkers Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturdays.
  • Beach There are two beaches located in Gladstone, both have stinger nets.
  • Caravan and Camping There are numerous caravan parks and camping ground in Gladstone or nearby Curtis Island is an ideal getaway for a camping adventure.
  • Cruise Operating between April and September is the popular Coffee Cruise. This cruise includes morning tea and an interesting look at Gladstone and it’s natural deepwater harbour.
  • Fishing Local waterways provide ample opportunity for the avid angler to wet a line. Numerous Charter Boats operate out of the Gladstone Marina which can cater for your deep sea fishing adventure.
  • Golf There is an 18 hole golf course located in Gladstone with coaching, equipment hire and sales and Bunkers Bistro is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturdays.
  • Health and Fitness Gladstone has many walk and bike ways as well as gyms and a fun and fitness trail.
  • Reef As the centre of the southern reef access to Heron Island Resort and uninhabited coral cays offers visitors the miracle of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Shopping Visitors to the region have the opportunity to explore a wide range of shopping centres, boutique stores, local arts and crafts and weekend markets. There are five main shopping precincts in the city, all with good off-street parking and a range and style to suit every budget and requirement.
  • Sport There is a broad range of sporting facilities available in the Gladstone Region.
  • Water based Numerous Charter Boats operate out of the Gladstone Marina which can cater for your water based adventure. Lake Awoonga is a popular freshwater recreation area for picnics, swimming and boating. Local beaches are also popular recreation areas.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)

Nearest Airport: Gladstone

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