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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 and area approx 240 km2 (93 mi2). Gladstone is approx 100 km (62 mi) southeast of Rockhampton and 550 km (340 mi) 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 harbour waterway. The port offers direct access to Great Barrier Reef's southern islands (located to the northeast) Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island.
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 tourist attraction with many walking paths, shelters, BBQs, long stretches of beach.
Port's cruise shipping business started in 2016. In 2018 were handled 5 ship calls, in 2019 - 14. It is estimated that each cruise ship visit generates ~USD 400,000 (AUD 500,000) for Gladstone's economy. This is based upon an average cruise tourist daily spending USD 200 (AUD 250) and visiting vessel with passenger capacity 2000. 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).
In 2018, the port operator Gladstone Ports Corporation started an expansion project (in the East Shores Precinct) with scheduled completion in April 2020. By this project will be built a new cruise terminal, water park, waterfront boardwalk (with playgrounds), floating pontoon (serving passenger ferry transfers, doubles as tour boats dock).
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 USD 29,5 million into the East Shores development project, which also includes the building of cruise terminal facilities, a floating pontoon (serving passenger ferry transfers, doubles as dock for tour boats), water park, waterfront boardwalk (with playgrounds and a viewing platform).
The project is scheduled for completion in April 2020.
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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