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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Wycarbah

Wycarbah, Rockhampton Area
Without its main attraction, Wycarbah, to the south-west of Rockhampton, would be bypassed by most. This little town is located about 25 minute drive from Gracemere. However, as a result of an ancient lava flow, a great collection of rather ordinary looking rocks (on the outside) have congregated at a place nearby called Mt Hay.

Marlborough

Marlborough, Livingstone Area
Marlborough is situated 102 kilometres north of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway (Highway 1) and is the site of the chrysoprase mine. There is motel and caravan park style accommodation and the Marlborough Historical Museum to visit.

Dingo

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
Nestled in hundreds of hectares of grazing country, Dingo is a convenient access point for exploring the Blackdown Tableland National Park as well as home to the annual World Dingo Trap Throwing Competition and Picnic Races in July.

Gracemere

Gracemere, Rockhampton Area
Gracemere is located nine kilometres west of Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia. The town is home to the largest saleyards in the Southern Hemisphere and is the heart of the Capricorn cattle industry.

Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Rockhampton's charming historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for many decades. Founded in 1853, the city is home to heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes.

Blackwater

Blackwater, Central Highlands Area
Best known as the Coal Capital of Queensland, Blackwater is home to the Blackwater International Coal Centre where you can learn everything there is to know about coal. With over 20 exhibits and displays, the centre tells the story of the region's coal mining industry - past, present and future.

Capricorn Region

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
The Tropic of Capricorn is a unique address and the Capricorn Region is home to many unique places, experiences and people. There are a multitude of things that you'll never find anywhere else. The diversity of the region promises a varied and exciting holiday experience.

Blackdown Tableland National Park

Dingo, Central Highlands Area
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Discover ancient Aboriginal art, deep gorges and scenic waterfalls in Blackdown Tableland National Park, traditional home of the Ghungalu Aboriginal people. Explore several walking tracks through the park and encounter the unusual plant communities that thrive in the cooler, elevated climate.

Bluff

Bluff, Central Highlands Area
Bluff is located in the Central Highlands, 94 kilometres east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway. A must see for rail enthusiasts, Bluff is the major interchange station for coal trains. Many trains are over two kilometres long.
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