Located on Queensland's picturesque coastline just 95km south of Rockhampton and 500km north of the state's capital Brisbane, Gladstone is set between the Calliope and Boyne Rivers. These waterways meet at Gladstone Harbour where the uninhabited islands of Curtis and Facing Islands protect the harbour. The main city is set on the picturesque harbour and the region is also home to a total of 14 islands, with Boyne Island and the beautiful beaches of Tannum Sands within a short drive.
There are plenty of natural activities and attractions in Gladstone including the outdoor playground of Lake Awoonga as well as the beautiful Botanical Gardens, Gecko Valley Winery and the Gladstone Marina, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef and surrounding islands.
There is a fantastic range of accommodation available in Gladstone to suit all travellers and budgets. The marina offers departures to the Great Barrier Reef and Wilson and Heron Island's, with flexible accommodation options that allow you to transition from Gladstone to the islands. Wilson Island offers ecofriendly accommodation for a lucky 12 people while Heron Island offers accommodation ranging from budget friendly to deluxe beachside suites.
With a land area of 128 square kilometres, Gladstone has a population of 30,000. Continuing to expand in population and popularity, Gladstone is home to 14 outer islands as well as the major tourist destinations of Wilson and Heron Islands. Gladstone's growth was due to the 1963 establishment of the largest Alumina refinery in the world.