Gladstone is the cultural heart of the Macleay Valley. A charming riverside village that encompasses a rich history, heritage architecture, galleries, boutiques, local food producers and plenty of creative locals. Gladstone is located just 25-minutes from the Pacific Highway Macleay Valley Way turnoff and only 15 minutes inland from Hat Head. Take the weekend to wander through this quaint town and enjoy the river views, delicious food and interesting artwork Gladstone is abounding with.
What to see
Self-Guided Heritage Walk – Kinchela St, Gladstone
Step back in time with the Gladstone 19-stop heritage walk. Park your car in Kinchela Street near Gladstone’s Police Station and access the council’s heritage walk information sheet which outlines each building and its brief history. If you are a history-buff, there’s plenty of facts you’ll love reading about on this walk, such as ‘Blackwater’ being the original name for Gladstone.
Access the Council’s heritage walk information sheet at www.kempsey.nsw.gov.au/heritage/pubs/walks-in-history-gladstone.pdf
Macleay Valley Community Art Gallery (MVCAG) – 5 Kinchela St, Gladstone
Immerse yourself in art at the MVCAG, where you’ll find everchanging exhibitions from talented local artists based in the Macleay. The volunteer run gallery promotes the growth and development of visual arts in the region and is open Thursday to Sunday 10:30am to 4pm. See which artists are exhibiting via their website.
mvcartgallery.org | (02) 6567 5092 | @mvcag
Gladstone Quality Markets – Kinchela St, Gladstone
On the third Sunday of every month along the banks of the Macleay River, locals and out-of-towners discover an abundance of quality produce and works from regional artisans. Food wise, we are talking hand-picked fruit and vegetables, gourmet preserves, jams and locally made baked goods. You’ll find a range of organic products such as handmade soaps and body products. Ceramics, photography and paintings from local artists are also on show.
Please note: Dates are subject to change due to Covid-19, check the Facebook page prior.
0425 205 737 | @GladstoneQualityMarket
Where to eat and shop
The Gladstone Hub – 19 Kinchela St, Gladstone
The Hub, as locals know it, is a unique space that draws large crowds regularly. It is a network of creative businesses and offers several stores and services from the one place, providing a market style atmosphere. The Hub sources beautifully crafted and handmade products to health foods and fair-trade shopping. You’ll find the works of a local photographer, artist and jewellery designer. Plus, other services from holistic providers including sound healing and yoga are available.
thegladstonehub.com.au | P: 0418 674 989 | @thegladstonehub
Steam and Cedar – 19 Kinchela St, Gladstone
This little place can be easy to miss, but that makes it all the more special! Steam and Cedar is where you come for artisan coffee and delicious freshly baked treats; located within The Gladstone Hub. Everything is made fresh on site and their innovative menu is worth coming back for. If you’re in town on a hot summer’s day, you’ve got to try their homemade dairy and coconut ice creams.
Heritage Hotel – 21 Kinchela St, Gladstone
Every country town needs a great pub and the Heritage Hotel does not disappoint. Despite its historic façade, the inside has a modern setting overlooking the beautiful Macleay River. Outside you’ll find their dog-friendly beer garden that is full to the brim with locals on weekends. Stop into their Darkwater Brassierie, get yourself an icy cold beer and enjoy the live music.
(02) 6567 4444 | @theheritagehotelofgladstone
The Studio Gladstone – 23 Kinchela St, Gladstone
If you are passionate about supporting local clothing brands, you will love to browse The Studio Gladstone. It is the boutique for local label, Mokea, which has a stunning range of coastal inspired women’s clothing, specialising in natural fibres that wear so comfortably in this tropical climate. The Studio Gladstone also showcases other accessory, art, homewares and giftware brands throughout the year.
(02) 6567 4877 | @thestudioGladstone
Un4gettable 4evermore – Shop 1, 12 Kinchela St, Gladstone
Walking into this store feels like a mix between Byron and the Hamptons. You’ll find so many unique homewares, gifts, accessories and more. Come and take a look to find the perfect gift or treat for yourself.
(02) 6567 4999 | @un4gettable4evermore
Where to stay
The Old Bank Boutique Accommodation and Licensed Restaurant
Built in 1910, the Old Bank is a heritage listed building that has been tenderly restored by owners Alan and Tania Cummins. The Old Bank is the quintessential spot to stay in one of the most historically rich river towns in NSW. They have everything prepared for the ultimate escape to the country including boutique accommodation and restaurant offering a lavish high-tea experience and most importantly, vintage car hire. Basque in the beautiful garden surroundings and enjoy their delicious local produce, freshly roasted coffee, freshly baked goods and more. The Old Bank is available for weddings and events.
theoldbankgladstone.com.au | P: (02) 6567 4800 | @theoldbankgladstone