The Port of Gladstone is Queensland’s largest multi-commodity and a jewel in the Gladstone Region’s crown. Ideally situated within a natural deep-water harbour the port is also a strategic gateway to global markets. The Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) oversees operations of cargo handling facilities that export resources from Central Queensland and the import of raw materials. GPC also owns and operates the RG Tanna Coal Terminal – the 4th largest coal export terminal in the World. Over 97 million tonnes of import and export cargo came through the Port of Gladstone in 2013/14.
The Gladstone Airport is one of three strategic airports in Central Queensland. Aviation services primarily include business and leisure travellers and freight operations with main carriers Qantaslink and Virgin Australia. Direct flights to Queensland’s capital, Brisbane is one hour south with connecting services to other regional centres including Cairns, Mackay, Rockhampton, and Townsville. The Gladstone Airport is located approximately 6km from the city centre.
The Gladstone Region plays a big part in the export coal rail network, specifically the Blackwater and Moura rail systems, privately owned and operated by Aurizon Limited. The Blackwater and Moura systems form the Capricornia Coal Chain transporting coal for export through the Port of Gladstone (RG Tanna, Barney Point and Wiggin Island Coal Export Terminals) as well as servicing a number of domestic users within region including the Gladstone Power Station, Cement Australia, Rio Tinto Alcan and Queensland Alumina Limited.
Passenger rail travel to and from the Gladstone Region is operated by Queensland Rail Travel through the Spirit of Queensland, Tilt Train and Spirit of the Outback rail services.