Car Hire from Gladstone Airport
The Gladstone region of Queensland, Australia is a largely undiscovered tourist haven, full of beautiful beaches, quaint towns and sprawling countryside. With a rental car from Gladstone Airport, you’ll find it easy to reach stunning coastline which offers tours to the Great Barrier Reef, the rural inland of Banana Shire and lots of incredible natural attractions.
Where to hire a car at Gladstone Airport
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty all provide car hire services from Gladstone Airport. All car hire desks are located inside the airport’s small terminal building.
Petrol Stations near Gladstone Airport
You may be required to refuel your hire car close to the airport before returning it. There’s a BP petrol station located just a minute’s drive from the airport terminal. It’s located on Aerodrome Road, close to its connection with route 60.
Driving around Gladstone Airport
Gladstone Airport sits close to route 60, which runs north to the centre of Gladstone city and south west towards Moura and Rolleston. The route 60 south also provides easy connections to the A1, a main route travelling north towards Rockhampton and Mackay and south through Maryborough towards the Sunshine Coast.
To drive in Australia, you’ll need both the paper and photo-card parts of your driving license and should carry both your driving license and passport with you when driving. Remember that in Australia, they drive on the left like they do in the UK.
Drivers are urged to keep left on multi-lane roads unless they are overtaking, turning right or avoiding an obstruction. Drivers who drive in the right hand lane without good reason can face fines.
Getting to your destination
Gladstone Airport is a great starting point for your Queensland adventure. Here are just a few of the destinations you’ll find it easy to drive to:
Gladstone is a compact city, sitting on Queensland’s coastline. The city has a lively esplanade, a modern marina and pretty botanic gardens. It’s a great base to explore more of the coastline, with activities like boating, fishing and surfing widely available. Gladstone also has an extensive cycle route, which provides another way to explore the city.
It takes around 10 minutes to drive to Gladstone city from Gladstone Airport. Drivers can take route 60 north into the centre. Gladstone city is small and easy to navigate. There are plenty of car parking spaces around the city with pay and display and timed stay meters. Most parking spaces are clearly signposted. However, watch out for single yellow lines. These are no parking areas and there aren’t always signs to clarify.
Moura gives visitors a taste of rural Queensland. It’s part of the Dawson Valley, an area famous for its coal mining and cotton processing. The town hosts a number of festivals throughout the year including the Muddy Water Fishing Competition and the Coal and Country Festival. Visitors can also enjoy the town’s 18-hole golf course and its Olympic size swimming pool.
Moura is around two hours’ drive from Gladstone Airport. It’s a straightforward route, taking route 60 south and west from the airport. It’s a small town laid out over a simple grid system and with very little traffic so getting around by car is easy.
Agnes Water sits on the coast, south of Gladstone. It’s a surfer’s paradise and the first beach in a long line of beautiful, unspoilt sandy stretches that go all the way to Bundaberg. The town of Agnes Water offers a range of beachside activities including deep sea fishing, adventure tours and Great Barrier Reef tours. There is a great selection of shops, restaurants and bars and the Agnes Water Museum to learn more about the local area’s history.
Agnes Water is an hour and a half’s drive from Gladstone Airport. Drivers should take route 60 south from the airport and then cut across on smaller roads to reach route 58 heading south. This road becomes the A1, the main thoroughfare down Queensland’s eastern edge. The small town is easy to navigate by car but it’s so small that it’s worth parking up and exploring on foot.