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Cruises to Gladstone

Gladstone (Photo:Patrick Cooper/Shutterstock)

About Gladstone

As the gateway town to the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Queensland's Gladstone is a favourite with visitors who love the aquatic life. It's easy to visit the natural wonder of the reef from Gladstone, with fewer crowds and direct access from the shore enhancing the unforgettable experience. Most visitors rate this stop as the highlight of their cruise, whether they swim, snorkel or scuba dive.

Daytrips from Gladstone to Heron Island and Lady Musgrave Island give a tantalising taste of what makes Queensland's tropical islands so special, with castaway fantasies served up with plenty of local gourmet food and wine.

If you're staying close to the port, a range of dining and entertainment options is on offer around the foreshore precinct. Markets, which are set up whenever a ship visits, are much better than average, so shoppers should not miss this opportunity to pick up good quality souvenirs or enjoy the live music.

Gladstone has friendly Cruise Welcome Ambassadors to greet passengers and provide a handy guide full of maps and local information.

  • Why go to Gladstone?

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Why go to Gladstone?


Easy access to swimming, snorkelling and diving on the southern Great Barrier Reef


There's not much to see in the town except for the portside markets

Bottom Line:

This scenic but less frequented port is a favourite among visitors to the region

Gladstone Cruise Port Facilities?

Cruise ships dock at the Auckland Point Terminal facility at Auckland Inlet in Gladstone.

Good to Know?

The Feast on East Market is held on cruise days and showcases local art, food, clothing and handicrafts. Live music and free children's activities are also organised to enhance the lively ambience.

Getting Around?

By Foot: It is a 200-metre walk from the cruise terminal to the East Shores Precinct and a further 10 minutes into the town centre.

By Taxi: Taxis will be available at the cruise terminal.

By Bus: A shuttle service operates from the cruise terminal to the city centre.

By Car: Driving is on the left, and the area's roads are well maintained. Car rental agencies give good value for three to five people. Try Budget (18 Neil Street) or Network (125 Goondoon Street).

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Currency is the Australian dollar. Money can be exchanged at banks and bureaus, and ATMs are easily accessible all over the city. While credit cards are widely accepted in Gladstone, cash is often preferred at the local markets. There are limited banking facilities outside Gladstone, and some businesses do not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities. Check xe.com for the latest exchange rates.


English is spoken with a variety of Australian accents and often with lots of abbreviations and colloquial expressions.

Gladstone Cruise Reviews
The locals were SO welcoming and friendly. The township itself was pretty boring thoughRead More
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We were greeted by local volunteers all enthusiastic and extremely helpful. The markets set up was amazing as was the local music, it made the start to the day first class. The town is in transition from an industriaRead More
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Visited on a Sunday, just about everything closed. Markets were ok, few pubs open, one supermarket open to buy some extras not available on the ship.Read More
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Did our own thing. Great markets just beside the ship. Great parks and plenty of music and food. A great luttle stay.Read More
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