Gladstone is a port city located in Queensland, Australia. Together with Tannum Sands and Boyne Island, the city has an urban population of around 50,000. Its urban area covers approx 240 km2 (93 ml2). Gladstone is approx 100 km (62 ml) south-east of Rockhampton and 550 km (340 ml) by road north of Brisbane. Located between Calliope and Boyne Rivers, the city is home to Queensland's biggest multi-commodity shipping port.
Gladstone Port consists of several wharves and terminal facilities, of which Boyne Wharf is used by Boyne Island aluminium smelter. The harbour's western part was expanded, primarily to allow increasing exports of LNG (liquified natural gas). Major exports include alumina, aluminium, coal, cement products, Ammonium Nitrate and Sodium Cyanide. Each year 50 million tons of coal passes through Port Gladstone, making up 70% of its total exports.
Gladstone Harbour lies within the Great Barrier Reef area and has historically supported seafood industry. Local seafood industry's losses have been estimated at AUD 36 million per year. However, the city's primary industries are mining-related. Port of Gladstone is the largest multi-commodity cargo port in Queensland and the 5th largest in Australia. It is also the world's 4th largest coal exporting terminal.
Gladstone is a popular tourist travel destination, with large cruise ships regularly docking at its port. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands grow in popularity due to their relaxed lifestyle and beautiful beaches. The Millennium Esplanade is a great attraction with many walking paths, shelters, barbecues and long stretches of beach.
It is estimated that each cruise ship visit generates around USD 400,000 (AUD 500,000) for the Gladstone's economy. This is based upon an average cruise tourist daily spending of USD 200 (AUD 250) and visiting vessel with passenger capacity 2,000.
Gladstone cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Gladstone dock at Auckland Lookout (aka Auckland Point) located northeast of the city.
- The port offers direct access to the Great Barrier Reef's southern islands (located to the northeast) Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
- Gladstone has Queensland's largest shipping port (multi-commodity cargo). Gladstone harbour is Australia's largest natural harbor waterway.
The Gladstone cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Gladstone, Queensland Australia.
If you lose the Gladstone location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Gladstone cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Gladstone, Queensland Australia. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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