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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Castaways Beach

Castaways Beach, Noosa Area
You’ll find delightful Castaways Beach nestled between Sunrise and Peregian Beach, just 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport. Relaxed, local vibe. Castaways has a stack of picturesque walking trails and is home to a koalas and kangaroos and the surf break is favoured by local surfers for its easy access and consistent, good quality waves.

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach, Noosa Area
Just five minutes from one of the most famous streets in Australia, Noosa’s trendy Hastings Street, lies the holiday-makers haven of Sunrise Beach. Sunrise Beach is the perfect destination for a family holiday, getaway with friends or a romantic weekend.

Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach, Noosa Area
About 13 kilometres south of Noosa Heads, Peregian Beach is one of a string of lovely beaches between Noosa and Coolum. Just over the sand hills at the southern end of the beach you'll find Peregian Environmental Park, an area of wallum heath which bursts into a colourful profusion of wildflowers in spring.

Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Combine natural beauty with award-winning restaurants and a sleepy-town atmosphere and you'll get an idea of what Noosa has to offer. Listed as an official Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO, Noosa is home to a range of pristine natural environments - from waterways full of birdlife to rocky headlands where you can watch whales swim past.

Alexandria Bay

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
You’ll find this dramatic sweep of golden sand and sparkling surf between Hells Gates and Devils Kitchen in Noosa National Park. It’s a three kilometre scenic hike to reach “A-Bay” (as the locals call it) and the beach’s isolation made it (until recently) a hotspot for those who enjoyed getting back to nature wearing nothing more than sunscreen.

Marcus Beach

Marcus Beach, Noosa Area
Noosa’s eastern beaches, while not patrolled by surf life savers, are popular with locals and visitors alike for a more relaxed beach experience. These great beaches are found between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches.

Sunshine Reef

Sunshine Coast Area
Sunshine Reef is a wonderful dive site off Sunshine Beach, just south of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This rocky reef is deeper than other reefs in the Noosa area, so more suited to experienced divers, as depths vary from 25 metres to 33 metres.

Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Noosa North Shore, Noosa Area
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In Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park, you can experience the majesty of nature's sculpture in sand. Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water.

Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach, Noosa Area
Head to the style, ease and laid-back atmosphere that makes Sunshine Beach such a popular choice for visitors to Noosa. Once known as Golden Beach, Sunshine Beach is renowned for its sand, surf and the ambience of stylish boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Hell's Gates

Sunshine Coast Area
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The dramatically named Hell’s Gates is a high bluff with spectacular views of the coastline north to Double Island Point and south over Alexandria Bay. Visit this area during July to November to view migrating whales.
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