Gladstone is 550km north of Brisbane, on the coast, and 100km south east of Rockhampton. The town, named after former British Prime Minister William Gladstone, was originally a convict settlement but is now home to about 30,000 people.
A recently rebuilt airport connects the town to the rest of the world, but stunning coastline, harbour and beautiful islands might have you wondering why you would ever want to leave. It experiences temperature highs of about 31C in summer and 23C in winter. Not surprisingly, popular activities in the area include fishing and surfing.
The town owes its success to a succession of industries – agriculture, the port,
meatworks, alumina refining (it’s still home to one of the world’s largest refineries).
Now it’s becoming a booming oil and gas hub. In 2010 a major LNG and coal seam gas project began operation on nearby Curtis Island. Referred to as Australia Pacific LNG’s Gladstone project, it’s a joint project of Australia’s Origin energy and America’s ConocoPhillips.
The town has art galleries and museums, an entertainment centre and even botanic gardens. It has schools and high schools, as well as technical colleges and university campuses. Each year there are several festivals, a surfing competition and
a horseracing cup day, which are all very popular on the local calendar.
The Gladstone Regional Council has a community profile webpage as well as plenty of information about the region on the Gladstone website.
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