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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Greater Whitsunday Farmers Markets

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 February 2018
The Greater Whitsunday Farmers’ Market is the showcase of local, fresh produce and value added products from within Mackay, Isaac and Whitsunday Region. Every Wednesday morning from 7am to 11am in Mackay's vibrant city heart on the beautiful Bluewater Quay.

Bigger Better Stronger - Seizing Opportunity

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$220 - 240
2 March 2018
What if you had the tools and knowledge to make decisions and seize opportunity? The annual Bigger Better Stronger conference for 2018 is focusing on how Mackay region business owners can harness confidence and grow their business.

Flickerfest 2018 Mackay Tour

Ooralea, Mackay Area
From AU$10 - 15
2 – 3 March 2018
Film and Arts Mackay is hosting the 2018 Flickerfest Tour. Flickerfest, celebrating 27 years bringing you the best shorts from Australia and around the world, ‘Now That’s A Short Film!’ This is a one-off chance to see these amazing short films before they continue their journey around the world;

Bangarra - Our Land People Stories - Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$22 - 42
3 March 2018
After a triumphant national tour in 2016, Bangarra take their triple bill Our Land People Stories to regional Australia in 2018. This season features three personal and profound works. Nyapanyapa, by Bangarra’s Artistic Director Stephen Page, is inspired by the beautifully textured paintings of Yirrkala artist Nyapanyapa Yunupingu.

River Street Twilight Market

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 9 March 2018
A community market right by the river and under the stars for all to enjoy and meet local producers, value adders, creators and bakers along with many support business operators from the region. Each month on the second Friday, visitors to River Street Twilight Market can experience the soul of the region through fresh local food whilst taking in the surrounds of the beautiful Bluewater Quay and the Mackay City Centre that provides a perfect space for families, couples and singles to relax and explore.

Queen's Baton Relay Mackay

North Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
20 March 2018
Residents from Mackay can begin planning their Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) experience with the street-level detail and community celebrations now available to explore online. The baton will weave its way through North Mackay and the journey includes a special ride up the Pioneer River.

Menopause The Musical - Woman on Fire

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$6 - 6
24 March 2018
Set in a department store, four women with seemingly nothing in common but a black lace bra on sale, come to find they have more to share than ever imagined. The cast makes fun of their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges.

Velos in the Valley

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
7 – 8 April 2018
Come and join them on an cycling adventure through the Pioneer Valley, Mackay Queensland. Their route will take you from the Mackay Marina to Finch Hatton cruising their country roads, cane fields and bush.

Mackay Italian Street Party

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
14 April 2018
The Mackay and District Italian Association is excited to be bringing you the second Mackay Italian Street Party. They have booked a very exciting headline act Tom Burlinson and his seven-piece band performing their “Now We’re Swinging” Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin style show and will have a few of the favourites from last year including Dominico Taborelli and his band, authentic Italian folk dances and much more.

James Blundell in Campfire – The Morning Session

Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$13.50 - 15
20 April 2018
NARPACA and James Blundell join forces to present “Campfire – The Morning Session”, a celebration of the 25 years James has been entertaining Australia. From humble beginnings, the James Blundell story achieved today’s highs with a constant touring program – taking the songs to the people in clubs, hotels, casinos and festivals in every corner of our great country.
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