CQUniversity Gladstone

The Gladstone area is a region of diversity - tourism, community and industry co-exist in harmony, retaining an agreeable lifestyle and environment balance. Home to over 62,000 people and best known for its strong industrial base, the Gladstone Region is one of the best-kept secrets in Queensland.

Since merging with CQ TAFE on 1 July 2014, CQUniversity has become a more comprehensive university. As a result, CQUniversity now offers over 300 education and training options ranging from short courses, certificate and diplomas,  to undergraduate, postgraduate and research higher degrees.

Researchers from CQUniversity contribute to this community by providing developmental research for industry and monitoring the environmental health of the Gladstone area, including the waters of Gladstone harbour and the Rodds Bay dugong sanctuary.

Students can choose to study at two convenient Gladstone locations – CQUniversity Gladstone City and CQUniversity Gladstone Marina.

For information on accommodation and schooling options in this region please see the local links provided right under the useful information.

About Gladstone

South along Highway 1, 132 kilometres from Rockhampton, is the deepwater port and industrial centre of Gladstone. CQUniversity Gladstone, located beside the Gladstone harbour, is home to the University's Engineering and Environmental Management Complex devoted to research and training, and which provides a venue for conferences and residential schools.

Gladstone, a rapidly growing city of about 27 000 people is about six and a half hours by road from Brisbane on National Highway 1.

Gladstone is remarkable for having managed the successful coexistence of the industry that fuels dynamic economic growth, and tourism based on the beaches, islands and reef of the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef area of which it is a part.

The city is the main departure point for some of the best-known dive sites in the southern Barrier Reef, including Heron Island. The city is a short drive from the Discovery Coast, the home of the most northern surfing beaches on the east coast of Australia.


Gladstone's climate is moderate with warm wet summers and cool dry winters.


The Gladstone region takes in the local government areas of Gladstone, Miriam Vale, Calliope and Banana and has a total estimated population of 62,660.

The City of Gladstone contains a land area of 128 square kilometres and in addition to the mainland area, features a number of islands.


The Gladstone region is a diverse community that is successful in its industrial, tourism, agriculture, forestry and fisheries ventures.

Gladstone's major industry includes the world's largest Alumina refinery, Queensland Aluminia Limited and Australia's largest aluminium smelter, Boyne Smelters Limited.

The Gladstone Region has been identified as a proven strategic location for future growth and is a key area of National and State economic development.


Most students in Gladstone require private transportation. The city is on the main air, bus and rail routes along the Queensland coast. The city is served by Qantas, Queensland Rail and Greyhound Buses.


There is no campus residential accommodation at CQUniversity Gladstone.


The Gladstone region has an active sporting community and CQUniversity students are invited to join local teams or to start their own. Indoor and outdoor activities are plentiful and include everything from archery, basketball, bowling, dancing, boxing, BMX, football, tennis, soccer, volleyball, fishing, rowing and yachting.