GladstoneGladstone is located just south of the tropic of Capricorn, 550k north of Brisbane and has a population of approximately 27,546. In June 1853 the first citizens of Gladstone had established a store and soon after Gladstone was declared a pastoral district, then in 1863 the Town of Gladstone was declared a Municipality to be governed by its own mayor.
The major industry in Gladstone is alumina and we have the world’s largest alumina refinery – Queensland Alumina Limited. What makes Gladstone so great is the strong relationships between industry, community and the environment, so that tourism, major industry and quality of life may co-exist in harmony.
While Gladstone is and will remain predominately and industrial town, the close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and deserted beached make the Gladstone Region a very attractive tourist destination.
Port of Gladstone and The Marina: Named Port Curis by Mathew Flinders, Gladstone’s harbour is Queensland’s busiest. The Marina is a modern anchorage for small craft, yachts and a fishing fleet. It is the departure point for Heron Island.
Auckland Hill Lookout: The William Golding Memorial Lookout atop Auckland Hill offers a fine view over Port Curtis and the Gladstone Marina as well as Curtis and Facing Islands.
City Centre: In the friendly city centre is the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, one of the finest in provincial Queensland. Nearby is Peps Pottery and the Potters Place, prominent local art and craft centres.
Barney Beach: The city’s birthplace – Gladstone’s first settlers landed here in 1847. It is also the location of the city’s earliest grave, with historical plaques marking points of interest. A floating tidal enclosure makes for safe swimming.
Queensland Alumina: A specially constructed lookout with information boards, provides a panoramic view of the world’s largest bauxite processing plant.
Tondoon Botanic Gardens: One of the few totally native gardens in Australia, this parkland features a lake and the Mt Biondello Bush Walk.
The Marina: 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, watch the dolphins play on the incoming tide.
Spinnaker Park: Created by the Gladstone Port Authority, Spinnaker Park has: Paths excellent for walking, riding bikes or rollerblading. There is also a small beach, an environmental park filled with plants and trees indigenous to the area and plenty of BBQ’s to enjoy a great lunch.