Gladstone aquaculture development area

Read the Gladstone aquaculture development area (ADA) overview. This location is suitable for Queensland southern fish species and prawns.

Location snapshot


  • Gladstone/Calliope River

Local government

  • Gladstone

ADA size

  • 579ha on 15 land parcels

Water access

  • Potential access (Calliope River, other creeks) for intake/discharge

Examples of potential aquaculture species

  • Marine prawns (black tiger and banana prawns)
  • Marine finfish (e.g. mulloway, estuary cod, sand whiting, dusky flathead, sea mullet species)

Note: Outdoor pond farming of barramundi is possible; however temperature conditions (south of Rockhampton) may be too cold to successfully farm barramundi, or other northern species.

Further information

  • Approximately 15km south-west of Gladstone CBD (10km south-west of Gladstone airport).
  • Adjacent to Bruce Highway (major highway) and Calliope River Road.
  • Seawater access possible in the Calliope River (fish habitat area—management B area).
  • Central section of site includes regulated vegetation (category C—high value regrowth vegetation) and should be avoided.
  • Sections of site includes regulated vegetation (category R—reef-regrowth watercourse vegetation) and borders regulated vegetation (category B—remnant vegetation).
  • Sections along Calliope River include wildlife habitat.
  • Mount Stowe State Forest located north of site.
  • Southern section includes easement for the dispersal of wastewater from the adjacent Homeground Villages workforce accommodation.
  • Part of site located within coastal management district—any coastal hazard risks may need to be mitigated.

View a map of the Gladstone/Calliope River ADA.