If you love island hopping, boating, fishing and adventure, Gladstone is the place for you, 100km from Rockhampton and 550km from Brisbane.
It's easy to get off the beaten track here and enjoy pristine national parks, rough and ready 4WD trails and bushwalking galore.
But you'll be equally at home as a water-lover, with Gladstone's easy access to the Southern Great Barrier Reef and picturesque islands such as Heron, Wilson and Lady Musgrave.
The Port of Gladstone is the fifth largest multi-commodity port in Australia and the world's fourth largest coal exporting terminal. Gladstone Harbour is within the World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef and has historically supported a thriving seafood industry.
Shopping, medical and educational facilities are first-rate.