3.3 out of 10

Gladstone City

Ranked 11th best suburb in Fitzroy
-23.8429027180585 151.246361156802
Great for
  • Internet Access
  • Parking
  • Peace & Quiet
  • Safe & Sound
  • Schools
Not great for
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Shopping Options
  • Cost of Living
  • Eating Out
Who lives here?
  • Families with kids
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
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Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Great to raise a family"

Gladstone on the Central Qld coast has a beautiful harbour with fishing and boating being some of its attractions.It is a great place to raise a family and with the abundance of industry also offers great work opportunities. We chose to raise our four boys here with the last of them begining an apprenticeship this year. As a family we are never short of something to do. All sport is well catered for and we have been involved in swimming, touchfootball, soccer, hockey, surf lifesaving, cricket, motor cross riding, 4 wheel driving and the list goes on. You are living in an Industrial town and you have to be prepared for the good and the bad of this. We would not live anywhere else, all four boys have great jobs. Gladstone has a wide range of living alternatives with the seaside towns of Boyne Island & Tannum Sands offering beach living or if you prefer the country feel the town of Calliope and surrounds offers township or acreage living all within a short drive of the city. Nightlife for the younger age group is probably limited. Shopping is OK but not great. Sporting facilities are good and improving all the time. Residential investment gives good returns. Only a 1 hour flight to Brisbane. Gladstone has been good to us.
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4/5
2yrs+
Editors Choice

"Gladstone - Great rest stop close to the water."

Gladstone is on the Central Coast of Queensland south of Yeppoon. From Gladstone it is a hop skip and jump to the many islands dotting the Great Barrier Reef. Tours are run daily. Enjoy the clean beaches or partake in some fishing. Fishing charters are readily available to suit most anglers. Gladstone offers many sporting clubs and associations and has a good sized entertainment centre as well plenty of shopping facilities. There is no end to the accommodation options at Gladstone, from backpacker hostels to motels, cabins and resorts and purchasing a property in Gladstone is still with reach whilst rentals are quite affordable.
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1/5
Oct 20, 2020

"Gladstone the worst city in Queensland?"

Moved to Gladstone City over five weeks a go with high hopes of a new life, good neighbours and affordable rent. From the 1st week in the townhouse in Auckland Street I was not able to get much sleep. Rowdy and noisy mothers on both sides of me with small kids. The house opposite kept playing loud music and having parties through the early hours of the morning. Nearly put myself into hospital and I went to the Rydges hotel a number of times to get some rest. I rented from a very bad real estate agency in Goondoon Street Gladstone. This was not Raine and Horne. I told the agency I rented from many times of the noisy bogan neighbours but they didn't care. Cruel and insensitive! I called the police many times. I'm finally getting out of here tomorrow and moving back to Brisbane on Thursday. Gladstone is a town of small mentalities, suppressive peoples and mental illness. Where the police go speeding down Auckland Street everyday racing to the next offense. Stay far away from Gladstone City. The place just isn't worth it.
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leew22
leew22 This sounds really awful. I have heard some pretty bad things about Gladstone and the realestate agents there although realestate agents are pretty much the same no matter where you go however some are worse than others if that's even possible. I was considering moving there with several other people and investing in some property however after reading this review and a few other ones, I have decided not to go anywhere near Gladstone. I have heard that Raine and Horne are a "better" type of realestate agent however Gladstone sounds just awful.
Thanks for this review. Lee Watkins.
Oct 20, 2020
David Harrison
David Harrison Hello Lee I'm glad I could help. My stay in Gladstone Central Queensland has been extremely traumatic and I was living in extreme fear. I've never had a living situation as bad as this in my whole life. I have had to sell all my furnitures and whitegoods to get out of this town and have lost everything. Its left me in grief. I have also placed a review warning on the worlds largest international government Site 'Weixin' not to come to Gladstone City Central Queensland.
Oct 21, 2020
ginad11
ginad11 Hi there, I have been here for 2 years, hands down the worst place Ive ever lived in Australia! Traumatic!
So much domestic violence etc.
Im getting out of here soon as I have a rental!
Jan 12, 2021
leew22
leew22 I've heard some terrible things about and particularly the realestate agents there. The bad news concerning Gladstone just keeps growing.
Jan 12, 2021
W Winarto
W Winarto OMG this is sound terrible, I am just getting ready to put my house on the market to move to Gladstone ... I was planning just to buy without even inspect the house because of the Covid19, but now I have lots of concerns...thank you for sharing.
Jan 13, 2021
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2/5
2yrs+

"Gladstone"

Well where to I start. The people were friendly when we got here. The more we are here the more I want to leave. Was in units where music was always loud no respect. Move into nice house. First week the neighbours music was so loud. They were so drunk in the end it turned into a brawl. Just want to leave this horrid place. Don't move here
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ronc3
ronc3 What area did you live in please, want to avoid them.
2yrs+
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2/5
2yrs+

"FIFO town - suitable for workers, not for families"

A town with mostly men / tradies doing the fly-in fly-out work. Increasing traffic, increasing rents / housing prices becoming more unaffordable than bigger regional centres and suburbian capital cities. Aggressive rental agents push up rents every 6 months by 20% making living here unaffordable for a average single income family.
Gladstone is OK if you are a cashed up blu collar worker taking advantage of the BOOM, but good luck if you're looking for affordable accomodation. Grocery prices are also increasing beyond the average so cost of living hse been going up.

There are lots of pubs who cater for the male workers. Not much else in town if you're looking for any reasonable restaurants, entertainment or culture.
Pros
  • plenty of work - if you're a blue collar worker
Cons
  • cost of living and accomodation
  • noise and air pollution increasing
  • no culture, entertainment or shopping
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Rianni
Rianni I was interested to read your comment as my husband so desperately wants to move to Gladstone for work, living around industrial area I guess, he said its a beautiful town and I would love it.
My concern however is our 3 children, 2 of which have behavioural/learning disorders and need a very good paediatrician and doctor as we review them and medication every 3 months. I also see a psychologist as does my eldest daughter and it seems to me that these medical things are not so available at their best up there. We are living in Tweed Heads, border of NSW/QLD with the beach 4 mins away....I have lived here all. My life and don't want to leave but the work for him is just not here really. He can go away to work but we really don't want that either.
I have heard plenty that Gladstone, just like the mines is not for a family man and I'm able to now show him your recent comments. Thanks for being honest.
2yrs+
W Winarto
W Winarto Very interesting reviews ... I just want to know when was your review taken please as I am interested to move up that way (dated 11\11\19)
Nov 10, 2019
janef13
janef13 I live in Gladstone town. I have done for five years now. In South Gladstone near Barney Point Beach which is apparently the dodgy area. I lived in London for 10 years, Brisbane for 8 and Ipswich and Quilpie too. My honest opinion is this town is what you make of it. Its not expensive any more cause the mining boom is done and dusted and its mostly just decent hard-working folk living a simple life. Like anywhere in the world, you get Riff Raff. But if youre willing to look past a couple of cosmetic things (I actually love QAL at night and in London Battersea Power Station was my fave building) then you realise its a pretty nice place to live. With regards to air pollution. Thats a fallacy. Its actually extremely clean air up here because industry get fined a motza if they mess up. You can download an app and see Gladstones air quality in relation to the rest of the world. Ive never seen it get bad enough thats its worse than Brisbane. It certainly isnt as bad as the air quality on the London Tube! Give it a try. You might hate it, but I love it and am proud to call Gladstone home.
Sep 29, 2020
Casey Hauenschild
Casey Hauenschild Clean air? R U blind by any chance?
Apr 03, 2021
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"You must earn good money to live here."

Gladstone has changed little in twenty years and desperately needs an infrastructure injection. The local council has a small town mentality and is out of it's depth when it comes to improving the lifestyle of the area. Despite the industry that is present and the high employment and wages there is nothing to do in the town, shopping is akin to some outback town with a corner store and there is an over-supply of males and a shortage of females. The realestate agents are impolite, borish, ignorant and exploitive. Most retail outlets of any kind, restaurants included, have poorly trained staff who seem more concerned with their social lives than providing service. In short, the only reason to live here is if you work here, the only thing to shop for here is food (anything else requires a trip to somewhere else) otherwise choose to live somewhere else.
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Still good bargains available"

I have lived in Gladstone for 11 years & watched it grow. It is an excellent area for familes with wonderful sporting facilities and excellent private and state schools. Shopping is ok, but Rocky is an hour's drive if one wants a big shopping trip. Gladstone is very pretty with an attractive harbour, it has many attractive homes, lots of views and hills, it also has a feeling of prosperity, is clean and modern, not like some depressed towns I have seen. There is a wonderful entertainment centre which provides some cultural life as well as an excellent art gallery currently hosting a major exhibition, there are also many restaurants to chose from. The botanic gardens are lovely to visit and there is also a modern library which is well used. There are many scenic and interesting places to visit around Gladstone, and it is an excellent spot for boaties and fishermen, not far from Heron Island. Altogether Gladstone is great for most people. I live on top of one of the hills and have wonderful views and sea breezes.
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1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 1/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 1/5
  • Gym & Fitness 1/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"A great place to live if you just want a boring old life, town probably be dead B4 you"

Well what can I tell you about Blackbutt, except it is a terrible little town a getting smaller by the day as more stores close down. Been here 2 long myself so we are outa here if we can ever sell the house.
LOL
2/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 1/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"3 eyed fish"

The pity about Gladstone is that it's got the potential to be a great city. But it just doesn't live up to it. Maybe it's the footy obsessed townsfolk who all look agahst at the thought of attending a cultural event. Maybe it's the generations of families that have all married into each other and need some fresh blood. Or just maybe, it's the horrendous industry that looms large over the city and fills the place with toxins and smog. It has a lovely marina area, some good sailing opportunities and a lookout of silos. Forgive me, childhood home, but Gladstone just reminds me of the Simpsons' episode about the 3 eyed fish
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searching
searching Good review, sounds about right, I am trying to think of something positive......... still thinking, ah yes good public swimming pool and library facilities.
2yrs+
SarahT1
SarahT1 Dont be daunted by the massive industry in Gladstone..we were so very worried about it re effecting our kids health...we have done extensive research and it turns out Gladstones air pollution is well within the safe limits. If you love fishing and snorkelling in your spare time...Its absolute paradise..heron island 2 hours boat trip!
2yrs+
W Winarto
W Winarto 3 Eyed Fish hahaha
Jan 13, 2021
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