Gladstone City Sights Drive

Multiple Locations

Gladstone might be best known for its impressively large multi commodity port, but there are some hidden gems in this industrial powerhouse waiting to be found.

Take this 30 kilometre round-trip itinerary to check out some of Gladstone's diverse industrial, historical, artistic and natural environmental surprises with beach stops, lookouts, industrial tours, botanic gardens, environmental zones and more to check out.

You can take as little as half a day or have a more leisurely look around the sights, bright lights and booming industry on this tour of hidden surprises.

Journey Details

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Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full itinerary

City Centre to Barney Beach

Barney Point Beach is the city's birthplace - Gladstone's first settlers landed here in 1847. It's also the location of the city's earliest grave, with historical plaques marking points of interest. A floating tidal enclosure makes for safe summer swimming.

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Barney Beach to Queensland Alumina Lookout

Queensland Alumina lookout at Parsons Place is where you can observe the largest Bauxite processing plant in action!

A specially constructed lookout with information boards provides a panoramic view of one of the world's largest bauxite processing plant.

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Port of Gladstone and Gladstone Marina

Your tour begins on Bryan Jordan Drive, the heart of the Gladstone Marina and gateway to the Port of Gladstone (named Port Curtis by Matthew Flinders).

The Gladstone Marina Parklands and adjacent Spinnaker Park offers excellent recreational areas for families, with two separate playgrounds, an abundance of barbecues, public toilets and plenty of grass for running, exploring and a game of cricket.

The Gladstone Marina is also a modern anchorage point for small craft, yachts and fishing fleet. It's also the departure point for Heron Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Close by, the Port of Gladstone (Queensland's busiest Harbour) can be seen. Take a free tour of the port facilities with the Gladstone Ports Corporation. Bookings can be made at the Gladstone Visitor Information Centre, located at the Marina Ferry Terminal on Bryan Jordan Drive.

Drop into the Visitor Information Centre for brochures, maps, information, bookings, fresh coffee and the famous Mammino ice-cream.

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Suggested Stops
Gladstone Visitor Information Centre
Toondoon Botanic Gardens to Round Hill Lookout

Head to Glenlyon Road in O'Connell where native flora and fauna lovers will indulge their passion at the Toondoon Botanic Gardens which feature a lake and a three kilometre Mount Biondello Bush Walk. Spot the colourful native birds, wallabies and turtles on your walk. A winery is located just nearby so you can always pop in for a quick tipple.

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Route Type One Way
Gladstone Marina to Auckland Hill Lookout

The William Golding Memorial Lookout on top of Auckland Hill offers a fine view over Port Curtis and the Gladstone Marina as well as Curtis and Facing Islands. Nearby is the top of a cliff-face waterfall and a 111 step walk down to Auckland Inlet and the Eastshores Precinct

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Route Type One Way
Round Hill Lookout to Gladstone Port

In one of the city's industrial areas you'll find the Auckland Creek Environmental Zone which has birdlife, parklands, walking trails and a viewing point for a bat colony. If you want to know where a quarter of Queensland's electricity comes from pop over to the power station for a tour which is close by. Return to the port and your sightseeing tour of Gladstone is done.

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Spinnaker Park
Auckland Hill Lookout to City Centre

In the friendly city centre is the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum, one of the finest in provincial Queensland. Housed in the old Town Hall, the Gallery and Museum feature visiting and local collections. Entry is free.

Shopping is also available in the City Centre ranging from major chain stores through to specialty stores and boutiques.

Grab a bite to eat, there are ample dining options in the Gladstone City Centre!

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Round Bommie

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Round Bommie is a large granite monolith divers can explore off Rainbow Beach. This huge slab of rock rises out of the sand at 15 metres and reaches within 6 metres of the surface. It takes about 30 minutes to swim around Round Bommie, but with many ledges and holes to investigate divers are lucky to complete a circuit in an hour.

Tinnanbar

Great Sandy Strait, Fraser Coast Area
Discover one of Queensland's most beautiful and secluded beaches at the small seaside village of Tinnanbar in the Fraser Coast, with white sandy beach, clear turquoise water and stunning views to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.

Nursery Reef

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Nursery Reef is a shallow rocky reef off Rainbow Beach that is always full of surprises. The least dived site in the area, due to its shallow depth and exposed location, Nursery Reef is only 5 metres to 7 metres deep.

Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Secluded in the midst of picturesque Tin Can Inlet, experience a tranquil getaway to this area known for its eco-tourism surroundings. Tin Can Bay is a perfect place to unwind and relax. Originally known by the aborigines as Tuncanbar, this peaceful bayside town is well known for its recreational fishing and boating pleasures.

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
This is heavenly sub-tropical, coastal town situated on the Great Beach Drive that is an aquatic lovers playground. Rainbow Beach, is a major entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park and the southern gateway to world heritage listed Fraser Island.

Wolf Rock Dive Site

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Wolf Rock, located off the coast of Rainbow Beach near Gympie, is an action packed dive site with few equals. A dive for experienced divers only, due to the depth and strong currents, Wolf Rock comprises of five interconnecting pinnacles that rising from 35 metres.

Bird Watching - Tin Can Bay

Tin Can Bay, Gympie Area
Free Entry
The Cooloola Coast is part of the Great Sandy Strait, which is an internationally important wetland. It is an area of tidal swamps and intertidal sand and mud flats. The vegetation includes beds of seagrass, mangrove forests and saltmarsh wetlands.

Carlo Sand Blow

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Free Entry
Carlo Sand Blow is a unique "moonscape" sand mass covering over 15 hectares and overlooks the towering coloured sands and the coastline from Double Island Point to Inskip Peninsula and the southern tip of Fraser Island.
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