Southern Entrance to the Flinders Ranges
Gladstone is a medium size town at the southern end of the Flinders Ranges on the Horrocks Highway, 209 kms north of Adelaide and north of Clare.
The town serves the local farming community with wheat cropping and other crops grown with sheep and cattle. Huge silos dominate the southern end of town.
Gladstone was named after William Ewart Gladstone, one of Britain’s most notable prime ministers.
Prominent buildings reflect the prosperity of days past when the town was an important railway junction as well as agricultural centre. The Gladstone Gaol operated for almost 100 years and is now an interesting place to visit.
The town offers excellent facilities to visitors and parks have shelters with free bbqs. Parking for caravans is opposite the main street.
Gladstone historic walk is of interest with signboards in front of heritage sites.
Over eighty trains pass through Gladstone a week – they include the Indian Pacific, the Ghan, ore trains, grain trains, the Steelies and the Intermodals loaded with shipping containers, some double decker. You’ll see the Sheedy Express and other trains. Note the Welcome to Gladstone sign features railway lines.
Call into the Southern Flinders Discovery Centre in Gladston’s main street for your Train Spotters’ Guide, Historical Walk brochure and other info. Ph 08 8662 2226