Our CommunityGladstone is home to Queensland’s largest port, so it is no surprise that Gladstone is recognised as the ‘port city to the world’. Gladstone is a region where opportunity awaits, developed on hills overlooking the focal point of its economic development – the natural deepwater harbour. Located 550 kilometres north of the state capital Brisbane, Gladstone resides on Queensland’s Central Coast. Although Gladstone is known for its industry, it is also a frequent winner of "Tidy Town" awards.
The Gladstone Region offers residents an array of opportunities and experiences, with a diverse and affordable lifestyle, a sunny climate and friendly community atmosphere. You’ll find the Gladstone Region pleasantly sub-tropical — warm to temperate often with cooling breezes — as we’re located just 40 kilometres south of the Tropic of Capricorn.
A Brief History
The Town of Gladstone was declared a municipality in 1863 with first mayor Richard Hetherington as gold rushes centred on Calliope and later at Many Peaks. There was little change until a meatworks was established in Gladstone in 1893 and this was the town’s main industry for about 60 years.
Development was slow until the mid Nineteen Sixties when there was rapid industrial and port expansion, and the population increased from a static 7000 to 12,000. As further major industries established, Gladstone officially became a city in 1976, and Boyne-Tannum development boomed when the two were linked by a bridge in 1980.
Many historical reminders remain today, including the Calliope River Historical Village, the Gladstone Art Gallery and Museum, the Maritime Museum, the Agnes Water Museum and significant community buildings.
Gladstone is well known for it’s emphasis on marine activities. The Gladstone Marina is a modern complex for yachting and boating activity. Take a picnic or have a BBQ at the landscaped foreshores and if you are lucky enough, watche the dolphins play on the incoming tide.
Created by the Gladstone Port Authority, Spinnaker Park has: paths excellent for walking, riding bikes or rollerblading; there is a small beach, an environmental park filled with plants and trees indigenous to the area and plenty of BBQs to enjoy a Sunday lunch.
Tondoon Botanic Gardens
Gladstone’s Tondoon Botanic Gardens is set on 83 hectares and is one of Australia’s few totaly native gardens. Entry is free to explore the gardens and view the colourful birdlife, wallabies, turtles, butterflies and 1500 species of plants. Free guided tours are available weekdays by prior arrangement and the visitor centre offers brochures, fact sheets and displays.
Lake Awoonga Fishing Festival
This is a freshwater event, held at the picturesque and very popular Lake Awoonga. It’s the perfect excuse for a weekend getaway for anglers and families alike.
Gladstone Harbour Festival
Celebrating 43 years, the Gladstone Harbour Festival features seven days of top class entertainment, fireworks displays, street entertainers, Dirty Pierre’s Pub Crawl, raft races, street parade, sporting and cultural activities, displays and loads of fun filled family events. Crowds of up to 70,000 flock to the Gladstone Marina for seven action packed days of fun. The festival concludes with the welcoming of the finishers in the Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race.
The Boyne-Tannum Hookup
The Observer Boyne Tannum Hookup is held every Queen’s Birthday long weekend from Friday through to Sunday evening. A great long weekend for anglers. On Boyne Island throw a line in to try your luck during the Hookup, one of the region’s most popular fishing competitions. There’ll also be displays, fireworks, entertainment and giveaways.
Raglan Station Air Show
A weekend of static and aerial aviation displays plus lots of entertainment and country hospitality.
Gladstone Seafood Festival
You can’t talk about the Gladstone Region without mentioning its seafood. In fact, one of the taste delicacies is defined as the Gladstone mud crab. The most delicious festival you’ll ever attend. Taste all the seafood delights – lobster, prawns, crabs, reef fish and much more. Also enjoy some local wine and relax with live entertainment and family fun activities.
To find out more information on the Gladstone area, click on one of the following links:
Gladstone City Council
The Gladstone Region
Gladstone Area Promotion & Development