Located on the doorstep of the southern Great Barrier Reef, Gladstone sees waterways, beaches and islands meet up, to provide an inspiring playground for locals and holiday makers.
Dynamic and modern, the city has a thriving business and trade industry and plays home to many industrial giants. A focal point on the central Queensland coast, Gladstone also acts as great base from which to explore the Discovery Coast – including the historic seaside towns of Agnes Water and 1770, the coral cays of Lady Musgrave Island, the natural habitats of Heron Island, and the long sandy beaches of Tannum Sands.
Gladstone’s dining is concentrated around two main streets: Goondoon Street and Tank Street. Goondoon Street runs from the CBD to Auckland Inlet, and offers a diverse range of restaurants, cafes, bars and eateries. Located at the bottom of Goondoon Street, Gladstone Yacht Club prides itself in its family-friendly atmosphere, relaxed bistro and a la carte menu, and sweeping water views. Just up the road, Scotties Bar and Restaurant specialises in fine dining in indoor and outdoor settings. Dine inside in air-conditioned comfort or alfresco on the terrace at The Brass Bell, where local steaks and seafood direct from the trawlers are served daily. Tank Street – running horizontally through the city’s CBD – is Gladstone’s go-to for Asian cuisines. JJ's Malaysian Restaurant, Phimphan's Thai Restaurant, Ming Court Chinese Restaurant, and Chinatown Restaurant… Tank Street has it all.
Unlike Gladstone, the small coastal towns of Tannum Sands and Boyne Island aren’t stacked for choice when it comes to dining. Most of the area’s eateries are focused around the local hotel scene, with a few café exceptions. The Beach Bar and Grill, at the Tannum Sands Hotel Motel, offers an array of tasty pub meals such as burgers, steaks, pizzas, seafood, pastas and meals for the kids. Breezes Café is a local Boyne Island favourite with an emphasis on Mediterranean dishes and outdoor dining. While Galleon Steak and Pizza House is Tatnnum Sands’ local pizzareia, serving up fast Italian food.
An increasingly popular tourist town, Agnes Waters has a growing dining scene. Agnes Water Tavern enjoys a relaxed pub-style bistro and a variety of day-specific specials. Bustards Restaurant promotes fresh, local and modern Australian cuisine. While Yok Attack is the town’s go-to for great Thai dishes.
Immaculately maintained, The Gladstone Marina has a number of retail stores. Take a stroll along the boardwalk to indulge in the region’s premium waterfront shopping precinct.
As Gladstone's largest air-conditioned shopping centre, Stockland Shopping Centre provides day-to-day shopping needs, along with more than 45 specialty stores and leading major retailers. Gladstone Park Shopping Centre also offers fashion, food, bank and grocery services.
Local markets are a great way to uncover the true essence of the region’s retail scene. Beach. Arts. Music – held on the first Saturday of the month at the Tannum Sands on Millenium esplanade – features food, art and creation stalls and live entertainment. The Discovery Coast Markets – held on the second Sunday of the month at the SES Grounds between Agnes Water and 1770 – brim with arts and crafts, bric-a-brac and fresh produce. The Gladstone PCYC Markets – held on the second Sunday of the month – also feature an array of fresh produces, bric-a-brac, furniture, gardening and clothing stalls. While The Rotary Club of Gladstone Midday Markets – held on the third Sunday of the month – offer food, handmade goods and bric-a-brac.