Gladstone is located some 550km north of Bribane and just south of Rockhampton, located about 100 kilometres to the north. This thriving Central Queensland city has all the creature comforts, accommodation, shopping and facilities needed to explore this region further at your leisure.
The port of Curtis, which Gladstone is centered on was first found by Matthew Flinders in 1802 on his early voyage to circumnavigate and chart Australia. Now a busy harbour, 20% of what Queensland exports is sent from here.
Despite its busy-ness, Gladstone has kept the balance between the needs of industry and the environment. There are nice beaches here, good for both swimming and surfing and plenty of opportunities to go fishing on the many waterways and open sea.
Gladstone Tourist Information Centre, Phone: + 61 7 4972 9000.
Off the coast, on the Australia Great Barrier Reef, Lady Musgrave Island, Heron Island, Wilson Island and Lady Elliot Island are within easy reach.
The towns of Agnes Waters and 1770, just to the east, are known for their charm and beauty. The Australia Great Barrier Reef begins here, off the coast of the Gladstone Region.
Also north, at Sarina, you can see the raw sugar cane made into molasses and then crystal sugar. The Sarina Sugar Shed, located near the Sarina Tourist Art & Craft Visitor Information Centre on the Bruce Highway (A1). They also shows you how rum is made, you can even try a sample or two.
For more information, contact the Sarina Tourist Art & Craft Visitor Information Centre - Phone +061 7 49 562251.
To the West, see about The Northern Territory.
To the East, the Queensland coast north of Townsville to Cairns and beyond is a region of stunning natural beauty, encompassing two World Heritage areas, the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics. Capricorn Coast and the Cairns and Far North Queensland.
Accommodation available in Queensland includes international hotels, budget motels, luxury resorts, family orientated caravan parks, camping, bed and breakfasts and farm stays.
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