Gladstone - it’s the state’s engine room; an industrial powerhouse of global significance that is well and truly at the forefront of the resources industry. But Gladstone is full of unexpected surprises.
The city offers an array of entertainment including the Regional Art Gallery & Museum, a huge range of premium restaurants and bars; and local history to boot with countless colonial buildings throughout the CBD. The Tondoon Botanic Gardens are also one of only a few in Australia with all native plant species, attracting more than 100,000 people annually. Accommodation is in abundance and you can have your pick of caravan parks, hotels, motels and luxury apartments.
Venturing up one of the prominent lookouts at Auckland Hill or Round Hill, both offer 360 degree panoramic views of the City, Harbour, Islands and the magnificent Mount Larcom, the landmark that drew Lieutenant Matthew Flinders into Gladstone Harbour.
Past the towering smokestacks of Gladstone’s booming industrial precinct, an equally impressive natural deep-water harbour hosts the annual Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race, marked every year by the Gladstone Harbour Festival. The Gladstone Marina pays homage to the city’s nautical history at the Maritime Museum and its surrounding East Shores Precinct and Marina Parklands, which continue to attract people to the city from around the globe. It’s from here at the marina, that local ferry services offer direct passage to tropical islands waiting patiently off the coast.
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