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About Gladstone

Gladstone, is the port city of Queensland, Australia. Home to a population of 49,248 people. Gladstone is home to the fourth largest coal exporting terminal in the world. Nestled in the magnificent hills with lovely views over the harbour and the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Holidaymakers enjoy surfing, fishing and swimming here.

Cheap flights to Gladstone are now available for a limited period of time, so get ready to be captivated by this beautiful city. Gladstone is home to the Gladstone Airport (GLT), which is approximately 15-minute drive to the city centre. Gladstone Airport serves a multitude of airlines - including Qantas Airways. Popular international flights to Gladstone, Australia departure from Cape Town and Johannesburg. Flight duration from Johannesburg to Gladstone is approximately 22 hours and 5 minutes.

Why visit Gladstone

Gladstone Sightseeing

Sightseeing

Vibrantly young at heart, this charming city with its natural landscapes lures the traveller on a phenomenal escapade. Swim the Great Barrier Reef, or explore the glorious beauty of the Hinterland.

Marine Life

Marine Life

Contemporary customs, festivals and events play off in the Gladstone region. Passionate about water and marine activities, the city pulsates on a high H2O frequency.

Marinated Ribs With Chips

Cuisine

Gladstone people enjoy eating as much as they enjoy water sports. Marvellous dishes like marinated ribs, grilled lobster or prawns, and rump steak are a few things to try.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country Australia
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.100 Australian Dollar
Language English
Hub Airport Gladstone Airport (GLT)
Airline Qantas Airways
Time Zone GMT + 10:30 hours
Travel Adaptor Type A & B

Best time to visit Gladstone

Gladstone experiences a humid, subtropical climate. Temperatures see a high of 44 degrees Celsius. High Season (June – September) This season sees bright, sunny and mild temperatures, although some cold conditions may be felt in the southeast. This is a superb time to see migrating whales, and the visibility on the Great Barrier Reef is phenomenal. There are great City Market day events happening during this season. Check the local city calendar. Shoulder Season (April – May) & (October - November) Expect the best of the Gladstone climate. Warm, enjoyable temperatures and incredibly long beach days fill the atmosphere. It is a fantastic time for snorkelling and scuba diving - tides are low and wind is scarce. Accommodation prices are at their lowest, and crowds are few. Low Season (December – March) This is the wet season. It is typically hot and humid with pouring rain in the north. Waters from Agnes beach usually bring in jelly fish around November through May. Be careful of these. On the Gold Coast it is party season, and accommodation books out very quickly. Plan in advance if you’re thinking of visiting the area.

Weather & Climate in Gladstone

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low (°C) 22°C 22°C 22°C 20°C 17°C 14°C 13°C 14°C 17°C 19°C 21°C 22°C
High (°C) 31°C 31°C 30°C 28°C 26°C 23°C 23°C 24°C 26°C 28°C 30°C 31°C
Rainfall (mm) 143 143 83 46 61 39 35 32 27 62 74 129

Overview

The port town of Gladstone is located in Queensland, Australia. A modern east coast city, it is home to the fourth largest coal exporting terminal in the world. Gladstone is where most of central Queensland’s mineral and agricultural produce sails from. The city is nestled in hills, with lovely views over the harbour and the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef. Holidaymakers enjoy surfing, fishing and swimming here.

For fishing enthusiasts, there are an abundance of places to fish all year round in the Gladstone region and the Banana Shire. The city boasts rich natural landscapes and attractions. The Agnes Water Beach is a pure, unspoilt haven for many, and the tranquil waters are often enjoyed by spectators.

In the Southern Great Barrier Reef, there are natural, all tidal entrance lagoon. It boasts a phenomenal range of coral life and bombies, perfect for scuba diving and snorkelling. Visitors can expect to see over 1 million species of marine life whilst snorkelling.

Visa & Customs

South African Passport holders do need a visa to visit Gladstone, or anywhere else in Australia.

• Ensure your passport has a validity period of at least 6 months. • Ensure that your passport has 3 blank pages available for entry stamps. • The closest SA embassy to Gladstone is the South African Embassy in Brisbane: Level 38, Central Plaza I, Corner Queen and Creek Streets, Brisbane QLD 4000. Phone: + 61 7 3258 6677. Email: consul@freehills.com.

Health & Safety

All travellers should be up to date with routine vaccinations, as vaccinations are required. There are no real health risks associated with travelling to Gladstone, Australia.

• Always be vigilant as crime occurs in any country, and watch your personal belongings. • Make copies of bank and credit cards, and other important documentation in case they are lost or stolen. • Secure valuable, personal belongings within the hotel safe. • Avoid public or local demonstrations. • Obtain travel insurance. • Remain alert when walking around at night, and abide by the local government laws. • Vaccinations for Hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies are recommended, although the risk is low. • A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission. • Bring adequate supplies of medication with, in their original containers and clearly marked, if you are sick or have to take chronic medication. • Bring plenty of sunblock of a high sun protection factor, and try not to spend too much time in the sun.

Cost of Living

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Gladstone
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 100.00 R 100.00 R 175.74
Domestic Beer (0.5 Litre draught) R 25.00 R 25.00 R 70.29
Cappuccino (regular) R 22.33 R 22.39 R 41.22
Taxi 1 km (Normal Tariff) R 10.00 R 10.00 R 18.48
Pack of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 37.50 R 38.00 R 261.09

Where to stay?

There is a vast amount of accommodation to be found in Gladstone. Amongst them are destination holiday camps for backpackers, apartments, and bed and breakfasts.

On the discovery coast of central Queensland, there is a beach holiday club. The club is in a prime location, between Agnes Water Beach and Seventeen Seventy. It is a stone’s throw away from major shopping malls and restaurants. Every balcony is equipped with a barbecue. Swim in the ocean or in a swimming pool. There is another large barbeque area around the pool area.

High upon southern hill, and featuring scenic ocean harbour views, is this 24-hour motel. Choose to dine in the motel’s fully licensed restaurant, or simply have your meals delivered to your room. Contemporary interior design, with strong focus on space and quality, can be found here. Triple, or twin sharing rooms, family suites, and spa rooms are on offer.

Get Around

Getting to and around Gladstone is an absolute breeze.

Bus: A popular bus service company services the various coastal and country spots within the Gladstone Region.

Train: Queensland rail, the Tilt Train, manages regular services to Gladstone Region. For booking and information you can check with the Queensland Rail Travel.

Cruise Ship: Get to see beautiful Gladstone by using the popular cruise ship. Experience what the city has to offer by water.

Road: Gladstone is located on the Southern Great Barrier Reef. On the Queensland Central Coast, it is interconnected to major Australian highways. Queensland’s key coastal touring route, the Bruce Highway, affords many access points to seaside and country locations.

Main attractions in Gladstone

Aquatic centre

Aquatic centre

Fitz Roy Reef Lagoon

Fitz Roy Reef Lagoon

Gallery and Museum interior

Gallery and Museum interior

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