Gladstone Port Marina
Reviewed Aug 2015
Well if you have navigated the fairway into Gladstone then take the time to stop and visit the Gladstone Marina precinct. We called in on our passage north and to do the famous 'Narrows' thats a story in itself and well worth the effort. Gladstone is a major shipping and industry port. The marine infrastructure is massive and when transiting though the Port you 'must' contact the Gladstone harbour authority and advise of your travel if your boat is over ten metres. Big fines apply if you fail to do this. The marina itself is not immediately obvious when entering the area and you will require a chart or other information to locatethe marina. From entry from the main southern channel it takes a good hour and a half to two hours to make you way to the marina.
The entry to the marina is located behind a man made breakwall with the entrance not being immediately obvious. just east of the main coal loader. An old Naval Patrol boat on permanent display opposite the entrance is an excellent identification point for the entrance. Be mindful of large ferries and barges leaving the marina harbour which is quite large and cannot be seen from behind the breakwall and very limited manoeuvring area. Good depths apply and access to the marina can be had at all tides. The marina was being dredged when we were there and should offer berths to the deepest of keel boats.
Once again contact with the marina office prior to arrival should ensure a secure berth in cruising season. We found the staff ever helpful and full of information. Cafe's and shops are a short ten minute walk away. Fuel and gas can be obtained nearby. Gas (LPG) can be obtained from a nearby boating sales shop and fuel can be obtained at a static wharf next to the marina. I would recommend a high tide to refuel as I did not sight a floating fuel wharf.
Power and water are available at each pen at very reasonable rates. Lots to see and do and good provisioning is available a short cab ride away. An airport services Gladstone so it is possible to leave the boat to fly home if nesecary. An excellent welcoming package is supplied by the staff on paying your fees with all the information you will require. If you plan on transmitting the narrows ensure you check your tides as this is paramount to successfully transiting the area. When re-entereing the port form the marina you 'must' notify the Gladstone Port Authority of your movements once again or face possible heavy fines. There is a very large amount of marine traffic associated not only with the ship movements but with moving the workforce to work on Curtis Island.
The Laundry and toilet facilities are very modern and clean.