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Gladstone is a port city in Queensland, Australia. Together with Tannum Sands and Boyne Island, the city has urban population around 50,000. Its urban area covers approx 240 km2 (93 ml2). Gladstone is approx 100 km (62 ml) southeast of Rockhampton and 550 km (340 ml) by road north of Brisbane. Located between Calliope and Boyne rivers, Gladstone has Queensland's biggest cargo shipping port.
The seaport is managed by Gladstone Ports Corporation and consists of several wharves and terminal facilities, of which Boyne Wharf is used by Boyne Island aluminium smelter. Harbour's western part was expanded, primarily to allow increasing exports of LNG (liquified natural gas). Major exports include alumina, aluminium, coal, cement products, chemicals (Ammonium Nitrate, Sodium Cyanide). Over 50 million tons of coal passes through Port Gladstone annually, making up 70% of its total export shipping.
Gladstone Harbour is within Great Barrier Reef and historically supports QLD's seafood industry, with reported annual losses around AUD 36 million. City's primary industries are mining-related. Port Gladstone is Queensland's largest multi-commodity cargo port and Australia's 5th largest. It is also ranked world's 4th largest coal export terminal. Gladstone harbour is Australia's largest natural harbor waterway.
As cruise port, Gladstone is the gateway to Boyne Island and Tannum Sands - popular for their relaxed lifestyle and beautiful beaches. Millennium Esplanade (waterfront promenade) is another attraction with many walking paths, shelters, BBQs, long stretches of beach.
It is estimated that each cruise ship visit generates around USD 400,000 (AUD 500,000) for 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. Among the largest cruise companies visiting the port are the aaa-owned brands Holland America, Carnival and P&O Australia. From Gladstone are offered custom-made cruise shore excursions, including Port Curtis harbour cruises and Quoin Island Retreat (Turtle Rehabilitation Centre).
The port offers direct access to Great Barrier Reef's southern islands (located to the northeast) Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
Gladstone cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Gladstone dock at Auckland Lookout (aka Auckland Point) located northeast of the city. In 2018, the port invested around AUD 30 million into the East Shores development project, which also includes building of cruise terminal facilities and a floating pontoon serving passenger ferry transfers and as dock for tour boats.
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.
|20 September, 2019|