Gladstone is located 109km southeast of Rockhampton
and is well known for its international port facility for transporting global industrial products and minerals, predominantly coal.
The region is involved in big industries supporting the ever-growing town. Nearby Boyne Island hosts one of the world’s largest scale alumina smelters, powered by the enormous Gladstone Power Station and fired by the inland coalfields. Port industry activities include the major coal industry, bauxite, clinker, grain fuel and chemicals.
Although the industrial area is the main focus of the town, there are some picturesque waterways and a pleasant foreshore to enjoy, lookouts over the harbor, island tours from the marina and botanic gardens.
The gorgeous foreshore along Barney Point Beach is palm fringed and offers a protected swimming area, green lawns, barbeque and picnic facilities, children’s playground and toilet facilities. This beach is a fabulous spot to enjoy for locals and tourists alike. Dogs are prohibited here.
Fishing the local waterways is a common pastime and there are many easily accessible spots from which to fish. The most popular areas are Gladstone Harbour and the Calliope River mouth, with an abundance of species on offer including Coral Trout, Mackeral, Sweetlip, Jewfish, Grunter, Queenies, Barramundi and Bream to name a few.
Good fishing out of town can be found at Lake Awoonga which is about 30km south of town. The enormous lake is a recreation area for Barramundi fishing which is supported by a restocking program, the record catch being 36kg. Other species caught in the lake include Mangrove Jack, Sea Mullet, Bream, Grunter, Garfish, Perch and the list goes on.
Auckland Hill Lookout via Bishops Drive provides panoramic views over the marina, harbor and islands in the distance. A short walk from here is a lookout over James Cook Park from the top of a waterfall and then the magnificent waterfall itself below.
on Bryan Jordan Drive is where the ferry terminal to the islands is located. The information centre here can organise cruises to Heron, Wilson, Curtis and Facing Islands. Heron and Wilson Islands are on the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef and are popular snorkelling and diving destinations and both boast 5-star resorts.
Opposite the marina is Spinnaker Park and Beach Cove. The calm cove between rock groynes is suitable for swimming, the beach for relaxing and the grassy foreshore for barbequing and picnicking. Even pack a fishing rod and try your luck
The Tondoon Botanic Gardens on Glenlyon Rd are situated by the Tondoon Lake which inhabits many freshwater birds. The garden combines several types of Queensland forests. The lush green rainforest ferns and palms and the contrasting grass trees stand out the most. The park offers a number of easy walking trails exploring wet and dry rainforests, native wildflowers and useful wild plants. The park café located in the visitor centre is open daily from 8.30am to 4.00pm.
The Calliope Markets are a big event in the area for both locals and tourists alike. Just 28km southwest of Gladstone is the Calliope Historical Village and markets are held here on the last Sunday of each month. There is a huge variety of stalls with fresh produce, gifts, bargains, clothing, food and beverages. There’s something for everyone at these markets and there is ample parking and gold coin entry.
The Gladstone region is rich in industry, the gateway to the southern islands of the Great Barrier Reef and not far from coastal hotspots such as Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.
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