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How to Reach

By plane

Gladstone Airport (GLT) is around 5km from the city centre.

Qantaslink has services connecting to Brisbane. There is also the daily all stops flight north to Rockhampton, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. There is little competition on the routes into Gladstone, and prices can reflect this.

Jetstar and Virgin Blue fly to Rockhampton, a bit more than an hour away to the north. It is possible to pick up unlimited kilometre car hire in Rockhampton.

By car

Gladstone is a diversion off the Bruce Highway A1 between Bundaberg and Rockhampton.

By train

The railway from Brisbane to Rockhampton stops in central Gladstone. Tilt train and other services are available.

Key places to visit
Tondoon Botanic Gardens, Marina Parklands, Auckland Point, Queensland Alumina, TurtleWay Cycleway


Places to Visit

Tondoon Botanic Gardens

until 5:30 in winter, 6pm in summer. Expansive gardens, with a choice of many botanical walks, including wet and dry rainforest. Short walks take around 30 minutes. Clearings with picnic areas. Viewing platform, lakes. Kiosk/cafe over the man-made pond. A cycle lane and cycleway extend from the city the 8km south to the gardens. Don't forget insect repellent for the mosquitoes.

Marina Parklands

The corner of Gladstone Harbour that has the marina, has been improved, as a recreation area. There are gardens, playgounds, and a paved walking esplanada by the side of the water. There is also a coffee shop and kiosk. This area also has the ferries to the reef and Curtis Island, and the tourist information centre.

Auckland Point

The view gives an overview of the layout of Gladstone, from the sweeping harbour and harbour islands, to the heavy industry surrounding it. You can see all the way from Queensland Alumina, across the harbour to the coal and other ports, to the marina, and out to the power station, mountains, and islands.

Queensland Alumina

Queensland Alumina is one of the largest Bauxite to Alumina processing refineries in the world. It unloads Bauxite from Weipa on a wharf adjacent to the refinery. The Alumina is sent by 10km conveyor south to the Boyne Smelter. There is a lookout on the road to the site, offering views over the refinery and an explanation of what goes on there. There are also free tours that run every Monday from the Tourist Information Centre at the marina. Bookings are essential, as tours only run with sufficient numbers.

TurtleWay Cycleway

Follows the Boyrne River. 18km of cycling between Tannum Sands and Boyne Island - 20km south of Gladstone.

Right Time to Visit

January - March
October - December