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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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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Christmas Markets GC

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
15 – 17 December 2017
Take a stroll under twinkling fairy lights at the Christmas Markets GC for a relaxed shopping experience. Find unique gifts and handcrafted items for your loved ones from over 100 stalls and indulge in some gourmet Christmas treats from one of their specialty food trucks.

Based Comedy at Oxenford Tavern

Oxenford, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 15 December 2017
Every Friday night at Oxenford Tavern, Based Comedy is bringing the very best comedians from around Australia and around the world to entertain you - all for free! Shows start at 7:30pm with top headliners and hilarious support acts!

NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
Weekly from 15 – 16 December 2017
A festival every weekend. NightQuarter, located on the Gold Coast, is an eclectic night market transforming what once was an empty block opposite the Helensvale train station. Enter beneath the shipping container archway and be transported to another world of market stalls, street food, live music and shipping container boutiques.

NightQuarter Christmas Carols

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
16 December 2017
Dreaming of cronuts for Christmas? Merry makers of all ages are invited to NightQuarter’s Christmas Carols on the 16th of December! The Paddock will come alive with carols, and don’t miss dancing with Rudolph and singing with Santa!

River City Aces Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
From AU$3 - 3
16 December 2017
River City Aces is an exciting eight piece band, focussed on performing music from the 1940’s in the style of Jump Blues, Rhythm and Blues, and Swing. Don’t miss them when they take the stage for their Christmas celebrations this December!

Christmas Chill at Links

Hope Island, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
17 December 2017
They invite you, your family and friends to 'chill out' at Links Hope Island for a very special Christmas Carols Event. Relax on the clubhouse lawns and take in the beautiful sunset enjoying Carols by Candlelight performances from crooner Rhydian Lewis, Coomera Anglican College Vocal Group, Elly Hart and Gas Grooves who will be bringing the funk.

Shannons Rod and Custom Show

Jacobs Well, Gold Coast Area
From AU$5 - 15
17 December 2017
Shannons Rod and Custom Show will feature premier, state of the art hot rods, classics, customs and street machines. Shannons Insurance has become the Naming Right sponsor of this show from 2017. This hot rod show is now in it's tenth year and has developed into the best one day show of it’s type with high-end elite cars competing for bespoke trophies and large prize money in the order of AUD10,000 for 2017.

Comedy at Mano's Tedder Ave

Main Beach, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Monthly from 19 December 2017
Comedy at Mano's | Tuesday August 15 | 7.30pm Once a month at Mano's Tedder Ave, resident MC Lindsay Webb hosts a hilarious night of comedy on Tedder Ave, Main Beach! Every third Tuesday they'll be bringing you some of the best comedians from around the country - all for free!

Based Comedy at the Cecil Hotel

Southport, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 December 2017
Free entry! Join them at 7.30pm every Tuesday night as some of the best stand up comedians from around the country take to the stage to entertain you. Hosted by Based Comedy with some of the best amateur and professional comedians in Australia.

Electrik Lemonade Live at NightQuarter

Helensvale, Gold Coast Area
Free Entry
22 December 2017
Electrik Lemonade is a band of funklords that play a repertoire of original funk, blues, hip hop, soul and dance music that could only be fathered by the likes of Captain Planet. Each member brings their own slice of Earth, Fire, Wind, Water and Lovin’ in the live show, culminating in a whirlwind of explosive energy that comes with a tidal warning as the crowd uncontrollably burst into a wave of dance and good vibes.
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