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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Gregory Downs

Gregory Downs, Burke Area
The old Gregory Downs Hotel holds court as the centre of town society. Originally built to serve passengers on the coach run from Burketown, the hotel is in the historic village of Gregory Downs which accesses the perennially-flowing Gregory River.

Kajabbi

Three Rivers, Cloncurry Area
Kajabbi is a tiny, sleepy settlement in north west Queensland. It is located 118 kilometres north east of Mount Isa and 100 kilometres north west of Cloncurry. Whilst only a small settlement, Kajabbi stands in an area that is steeped in history.

Camooweal Caves National Park

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
Free Entry
Wide expanses of Mitchell grass plains and spinifex woodland are protected in this park on the Barkly Tableland, a peaceful stopover for weary travellers and ideal for seasonal birdwatching. The park features caves and sinkholes that were formed when water percolated through 500 million year-old layers of soluble dolomite creating caverns linked by vertical shafts up to 75 metres deep.

Camooweal

Camooweal, Mount Isa Area
Camooweal is located on the Queensland-Northern Territory border, 330 kilometres south of Burketown, 188 kilometres from Mount Isa and 440 kilometres from the Stuart Highway in the Northern Territory. Camooweal proudly declares itself 'Gateway to the Northern Territory/Queensland'.

Duchess

Duchess, Cloncurry Area
In earlier days Duchess was an important railway and mining town which has declined since the advent of road transport. Today, relive the glory days over a drink or two at the local Duchess Hotel where the beer and stories flow.

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Lawn Hill, Burke Area
Free Entry
Boodjamulla is one of Queensland's most exceptional parks, boasting spectacular gorge scenery, diverse wildlife, exhilarating walking and canoeing, and fossils deposits dating back 25 million years. Here, Lawn Hill Gorge carves a serpentine ribbon of green through the dry savannah landscape, creating an oasis in the outback.

McKinlay

Mckinlay, McKinlay Area
Located 104 kilometres south east of Cloncurry, McKinlay was named after the McKinlay River which was discovered and named by the explorer John McKinlay. McKinlay had arrived in New South Wales in 1836 and by 1861 had become such an adept bushman that he was chosen to lead the South Australian Burke Relief Expedition to search for the missing Burke and Wills.

Mount Isa

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
Affectionately known as the 'oasis of the outback', Mount Isa is a gleaming mirage on the horizon for travellers from all directions. Nestled among the ochre-red Selwyn Ranges, on the banks of the Leichhardt River, Mount Isa is a bustling melting pot of culture and industry and also home to the world's third largest rodeo.

Dajarra

Dajarra, Cloncurry Area
Believe it or not Dajarra was once the largest trucking depot in the world. Dajarra is now a quiet, laid back town in the far north of Outback Queensland. The older people of the area who remember Dajarra's heyday say that the area trucked more cattle than Texas in the United States of America.

Riversleigh World Heritage Site, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Mount Isa, Mount Isa Area
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The Australian Fossil Mammal Sites at Riversleigh and Naracoorte were inscribed in the World Heritage List in 1994 for their outstanding representation of the evolution of Australian mammals and the quality of their fossils, which are preserved in limestone.
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