Gladstone is an Australian city located approximately 550 kilometres north of the capital of Brisbane. The city’s population is now just over 50,000. Gladstone experiences a tropical savannah climate is one of the southern most places in the country to experience this kind of climate.
Enthusiastic shoppers will enjoy a wide range of retail choices throughout the Gladstone Region, from shopping centres, smaller complexes, to boutique shops and markets. Centro Gladstone is the major shopping centre, situated at the bottom of the CBD, consisting of retail shops, food outlets, a supermarket, post office and medical centre.
There is also a great selection of dining and entertainment options in the heart of the city centre. On the sides of the hill, by the harbour, diners and socialisers can also enjoy great views of the Marina.
The Gladstone Region is home to a booming industrial base served by Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, handling more than 80 million tonnes of cargo annually. Major industry in Gladstone is supported by excellent engineering, construction and manufacturing divisions. It is the fifth largest coal export port in the world and the fourth largest port in the country.
Gladstone is home to some of the biggest corporation in the country such as: Queensland Alumina, one of the world’s largest alumina refineries; Rio Tinto Alcan Yarwun, a world-class refinery incorporating environmental design features and state-of-the-art technology; Cement Australia Gladstone, the largest cement plant in Australia; NRG Gladstone Power Station which is Queensland’s largest; Anglo Coal Australia Callide Mine, a leading domestic coal producer; and SunWater which is the state’s largest bulk water infrastructure developer and manager.
Gladstone City is also a gateway for many rural and coastal tourism locations such as Herron Island and Awoonga, a coveted freshwater fishing spot.
Gladstone is well served by the Bruce Highway and the Gladstone Airport, making it easily accessible by air, road and rail. The region is evolving rapidly and has a keen eye on future expansion. Its recent and projected population and employment growth is a foretelling of Gladstone’s future potential.
Local government promote the Gladstone region as a sustainable region of choice. It also plans to be recognised for its achievements in successfully integrating big industry, commerce, environmental protection and community.