The Port of Gladstone is located 525 kilometres north of Brisbane. It is a naturally deepwater harbour and has protected waters, sheltered by harbour islands. The port is a convenient point for the shipment of Central Queensland resources, being a short 10 to 12 days sailing time to the Asia Pacific region. Rail networks link the port to the coal mining, agricultural and pastoral areas of the Callide/Dawson Valleys, Central Highlands and Bowen Basin. The port also services important regional mineral and timber resources.
The Port of Gladstone is managed by the Central Queensland Port Authority (CQPA), formed in 2004 after the combination of the Gladstone and Rockhampton Port Authority. The CQPA operates:
The RG Tanna Coal Terminal used primarily for coal loading
Barney Point Terminal used for coal, magnesite and cottonseed cargo
Auckland Point No.1 and No.2 Wharves used for dry bulk cargo such as woodchip and grain.
In addition to these terminals, the South Tree Wharves are owned and operated by bauxite and alumina producer Queensland Alumina Limited, Auckland Point No.4 Wharf is owned by Cement Australia Limited, and there are several additional terminals for liquid bulk cargo.