Auckland Hill lookout ready for festive season visitors

Gladstone has another multi-million dollar attraction to add to its portfolio with Stage 1 of the Auckland Hill Redevelopment now open to the public, just in time for the festive season.

The new Auckland Hill lookout includes three viewing platforms across the site as well as four outdoor entertaining spaces equipped with electric barbeques and water bubblers.

The public will be able to access the new area via the stairway from Gladstone Ports Corporation’s (GPC) award-winning East Shores precinct until the road is re-opened when Stage 2 construction is completed.

It’s all part of the redevelopment of Gladstone’s iconic Auckland Hill with Stage 2 on track for completion in mid-2024.

The project received $5 million in funding from the Australian Government under the Regional Recovery Partnerships program and a further $5 million funding contribution from GPC, provided on behalf of the Queensland Government.

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Quotes attributable to Assistant Minister for Regional Development Anthony Chisholm:

“We’re proud to collaborate with the GPC and the State and Local governments to redevelop this iconic Gladstone tourist attraction, reinforcing our commitment to supporting the region’s tourism industry.

“The new precinct improves the visitor experience at Auckland Hill while also improving the accessibility to ensure more people can enjoy the beautiful lookout.

“I’m proud to be part of a government making region-shaping projects like this a reality, and I look forward to heading up Auckland Hill myself to take in the excellent views that this city has to offer.”

Quotes attributable to Deputy Premier, Treasurer and State Minister for Trade and Investment, Cameron Dick:

“The opening of Stage 1 represented a significant positive economic opportunity for Gladstone in terms of tourism, liveability, social enterprise, and port interface and job creation.

“When Queensland’s regions thrive, our economy thrives too. That’s why the Queensland Government on behalf of GPC has contributed $5 million towards bringing this project to life including stage 1.

“We’re excited to see businesses benefit and tourism boosted from the Auckland Hill Redevelopment Project.

“The view from Auckland Hill is important as it plays a pivotal role for the community by helping them better understand the Gladstone Port and how inter-connected they are to one of Australia’s most significant assets.”

Quotes attributable to State Minister for Regional Development, Manufacturing and Minister for Water, Glenn Butcher:

“Everyone will benefit from the re-development of Auckland Hill and I’m thrilled to see my advocacy efforts come to fruition and to witness the transformation of Auckland Hill into a vibrant and bustling hub for both locals and tourists alike.

“This project will not only improve the overall quality of life for the community but also promote the unique beauty and attractions of the Gladstone harbour. Furthermore, this project will create employment opportunities for the local community and have a positive impact on the Gladstone economy.

“Additionally, with the increased foot traffic to Auckland Hill, local businesses can benefit from the added customers and visitors. First it was East Shores and now we’re onto Auckland Hill. Together, we are working towards creating a thriving community that showcases the best of what Gladstone has to offer.”

Quotes attributable to GPC Chief Executive Officer, Craig Haymes:

“The funding for the redeveloped lookout will not only create a popular tourism location to attract more visitors to the region, but will build pride in our community with the high-quality social infrastructure we have to offer while acknowledging our local First Nations people.

“I’m proud to be here today, cutting the ribbon on such an iconic re-development which will pave the way for future opportunities in our region and add to GPC’s astounding legacy as more than just a port.”