Nowhere will you find a more eclectic example of genuine Queensland qualities than Gladstone. It’s the state’s engine room; an industrial powerhouse of global significance that is well and truly at the forefront of the resources industry. But Gladstone is full of unexpected surprises.
This dynamic city offers a range of entertainment including the Regional Art Gallery & Museum, a wide variety of restaurants and bars; and local history to boot with countless colonial buildings throughout the CBD. The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are also one of only a few in Australia with all native plant species, attracting more than 100,000 people annually.
At the heart of Gladstone’s city centre is an impressive natural deep-water harbour. Each year this harbour plays host to the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, marked by the Gladstone Harbour Festival.
Provided by Gladstone Ports Corporation, the Gladstone Marina pays homage to the city’s nautical history at the Maritime Museum and its surrounding East Shores Precinct and Marina Parklands, which continue to attract people to the city from around the globe. It’s also here at the Marina, that local ferry services offer direct passage to tropical islands waiting patiently off the coast.