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Located just south of the Tropic of Capricorn, Gladstone offers a diverse and affordable lifestyle set within a friendly community and enviable climate. Home to the world's largest alumina refinery and Australia's largest aluminium smelter, the area derives its economic strength from major industry. Known worldwide for its large-scale metal and mineral processing capabilities, the region's infrastructure and industrial land has been purposefully developed to facilitate long-term investment and further economic growth. With more than $14 billion worth of ongoing investment in manufacturing and processing proposed for the next five years, and proximity to international markets via the largest multipurpose port in Queensland, the Gladstone region is set to experience a major population and economic boom. Gladstone is currently the #2 fastest-growing area in Queensland*. Besides mining and related services, the city's other major industries include:

  • tourism
  • engineering and manufacturing
  • agriculture
  • forestry and fishing
  • transport and freight services

As a recreational and cultural base, life in Gladstone is enhanced by the surrounding islands, beaches, national parks and scenic hinterland areas.

Source: Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation 2009
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Gladstone LGA
An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef

ImageGladstone at a glance

  • 62,319*
  • 6 hour drive or 50 minute flight north of Brisbane
  • 1 domestic airport
  • 1 international seaport
  • 2 hospitals
  • 1 tertiary education facility
  • 5 major shopping centres
Key Events:
  • Harbour Festival (March)
  • Brisbane to Gladstone Yacht Race (March)
  • Gladstone Annual Show (August)
  • Multicultural Festival (August)
  • Gladstone Seafood Festival (September)
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