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City Spotlight: Moving to Gladstone, Queensland or Tannum Sands, Queensland

City Spotlight: Moving to Gladstone, Queensland or Tannum Sands, Queensland

Gladstone and Tannum Sands are two cities in the Gladstone Region of Queensland. They are located adjacent to each other with Tannum Sands just south of Gladstone. Both cities are right on the coast and residents can enjoy the proximity to the southern section of the Great Barrier Reef.


Gladstone Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) CC BY-SA 3.0,


Gladestone docks circa 1868 Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Item is held by John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland., Public Domain,


Providence Nugget found in Gladstone in 2004 Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,


Port Curtis Sailing Club Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,

About Gladstone


Old Gladstone Post Office Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,


Kullaroo House Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,


Santos House Former Commonwealth Bank Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,


Gladstone Regional Art Gallery and Museum is in the Old Town Hall Building Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,


Sunset from the Gladstone Marina Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Vicki Nunn – Own work, Public Domain,

Gladstone is a city located in the region that bares the same name. If you are moving to Gladstone, you will likely be enjoying the laid back lifestyle and Great Barrier Reef that draws the tourists here. The other primary industries here are mining related. The Port of Gladstone is the 5th largest multi-commodity port in Australia and the 4th largest coal exporting terminal in the entire world. Gladstone Harbour lies within the protected World Heritage Area of the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the tourism brought by living adjacent to the reef, fishing is a big industry and the seafood industry in Gladstone is also a large factor in the jobs residents have.

About Tannum Sands


Beach at Tannum Sands Photo Credit: (Wikipedia) By Kerry Raymond – Own work, CC BY 3.0,


Lake Awoonga Photo Credit: (Wikpedia) By Ginge1420 (talk) – Own work (Original text: I (Ginge1420 (talk)) created this work entirely by myself.), Public Domain,

Tannum Sands is a coastal town situated on the Boyne River. You might also look into moving to Boyne Island, Tannum Sands’ twin town on the other side of the Boyne River. It’s a mix of residential and tourists. The beaches are patrolled and fishing is quite popular. In fact, it’s home to Australia’s largest family fishing event called the Boyne Tannum Hookup. It is help on the Queen’s Birthday which falls on the first Monday of October in Queensland. The fishing event takes place over the long weekend. In addition to fishing and other beach and ocean activities on the Great Barrier Reef, Tannum is known for being a sporting community with soccer, rugby, Australian Rules Football, Cricket, Touch football, Netball, Tennis, Surf Life Saving Swimming, and Hockey teams competing throughout the year. The lifestyle here is laid back and relaxed and because of that, the town has grown in popularity. Residents will enjoy the Millennium Esplanade, an area where you have shelters, barbecues, and walking paths along the beaches.

Hiring a Moving Truck in Gladstone and Tannum Sands


Gladstone Region Map Photo Credit: Google Maps


Rockhampton Car Rental Map Photo Credit:

The closest truck hire location to the Gladstone Region is Rockhampton. It is 109 km north of Gladstone situated on the Fitzroy River. Gladstone is 550 km north of Brisbane. There are two car hire locations in Rockhampton; you can hire a car in Rockhampton City or visit the car rental location at the Rockhampton Airport. Also close by is the Yeppoon, where you can hire a car in the coastal city of Yeppoon. Hiring a moving truck or moving van on your own helps make your move budget friendly and convenient. There are always special offers and deals available that make hiring your own moving truck affordable and easy. Budget Australia offers different size trucks and vans and also helps with moving tips, moving supplies, and the friendly expertise of our staff. When moving to this area, you can familiarise yourself with things to do with a little help from our sister site Budget Australia Rent a Car’s Travel Tips Blog posts from this region:

Top 5 Port Cities on the Great Barrier Reef

Mackay’s Endless Holiday Possibilities

Sandy Beaches, Blue Waters, and Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

The Great Barrier Reef National Marine Park

Excursions for Your Great Barrier Reef Holiday

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Kids

Escape to a Tropical Paradise in the Whitsunday Islands

Rockin’ Holiday in Rockhampton

Gladstone Region Climate


Gladstone Region Climate Chart Photo Credit: Wikipedia

The Gladstone Region has a humid subtropical climate. It is one of the furthest north cities in Australia to have this classification. During the summers, average high temperatures range between 29°C and 31°C. Average low temperatures in the winter range between 13°C and 14°C. There is an average of 880 mm of precipitation each year.

Tips for Moving to Gladstone, Queensland, Tannum Sands, Queensland or any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Mackay, Rockhampton, and Bundaberg.

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, Tweed Heads,  Coffs Harbour, Wentworth, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales  and Wodonga, Victoria, or Wagga Wagga.

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria, Mildura Victoria, or Mooroopna or Shepparton, Victoria

City Spotlight: Canberra, ACT

City Spotlight: Perth, Western Australia, Bunbury, Western Australia

City Spotlight: Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Darwin, Northern Territory

City Spotlight Alice Spring, Northern Territory

City Spotlight: Hobart, Tasmania, City Spotlight Launceston, Tasmania

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