Gladstone State Development Area

The Gladstone State Development Area (GSDA), situated in Central Queensland, presents a distinctive opportunity for industrial growth. Covering 26,934 hectares, this designated land area is tailor-made for large-scale, expansive industrial development. Boasting exceptional connectivity to critical infrastructure the Gladstone SDA is an ideal investment choice.


  • Land that is tailor-made for industrial development 20km west of Gladstone and 80km south of Rockhampton.
  • Excellent access to infrastructure corridors, rail, gas, power, and the Port of Gladstone.
  • Fast-tracked development through an efficient, streamlined land application and contract process.
  • Land suited to large-scale, large-footprint industrial.
  • Established, heavy-industry precinct.
  • Close proximity to inter-related labour, materials and services.
  • Land suited to manufacturing, transport and logistics, resource processing, mining equipment technology services (METS), energy and renewables, resource recovery, aerospace and defence, ancillary activities, and more.
  • Join the likes of Rio Tinto, Fortescue Future Industries Pty Ltd, Orica, Acciona, H2U, AlphaHPA and Cement Australia.
Gladstone SDA Aerial View of Aldoga


9,700 hectares of land located at


Gladstone SDA Aerial View of Yarwun


1,300 hectares of land located at





When you buy from EDQ, not only will you access some of the best industrial land in the state at market price, you’ll also enjoy a range of benefits designed to help get your project off the ground and make the purchasing process less stressful.

The process of buying land from the State Government is a little different to purchasing land from the private sector. Follow our interactive buying process below to learn more about buying land from EDQ.

1 - Enquiry Phase
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3 - Contract Phase
4 - Project Construction Phase

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“ACCIONA Energia has selected Gladstone SDA for development of a large-scale solar farm due to a strong solar resource and proximity to major industrial energy consumers. Economic Development Queensland has been very supportive of our project, provided site specific information required for planning and environmental approvals, and introduced us to potential electricity off-takers. The team at EDQ are very professional, focused on delivering commercial outcomes, and truly passionate about economic growth in Queensland.”


“The Green Energy Manufacturing Centre (GEM) will become an epicentre for Queensland’s green hydrogen ambitions, building on Gladstone’s skilled workforce and great foresight in industrial master-planning including a world class port.

“The world is moving on from fossil fuels and the green industrial revolution is underway. Fortescue Future Industries’ game changing electrolyser facility in Gladstone is putting Queensland at the centre of this revolution, which is creating an entirely new industry and thousands of multi-generational jobs for Australians.”

– Dr Andrew “Twiggy” Forest AO, Founder and Executive Chairman

Alpha HPA

“Alpha HPA chose the Gladstone State Development Area as the primary location for us to develop our HPA first project because of the proximity to industrial services in the Gladstone region but also because our key business partner, Orica is located there who is a key supplier of reagents to our process.  Economic Development Queensland have been fantastic to deal with both in the initial land option agreement and then the final purchase of the land.  They accommodated a number of modifications to the agreement that supported our project and its progression and the people at EDQ are highly motivated to make things happen for Alpha HPA.”

– Rob Williamson, Chief Operations Officer Alpha HPA

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“EDQ is a trusted and valuable partner and stakeholder for Rio Tinto Yarwun’s Residue Management Area (RMA) operations. The engagement with the EDQ team has been of highest quality, timely, considered, and professional. Ease of access to EDQ team has been the highlight for us. We have worked with EDQ on multiple initiatives that have resulted in mutually beneficial outcomes not only for us, but for the Gladstone region.

 The location of our RMA operations provides significant advantages for Rio Tinto Yarwun, and having EDQ as our neighbour helps us achieve the strategic vision for the facility. We look forward to many more years of this strong, valued and shared partnership with our trusted neighbour. Thank you EDQ.”


“H2U is developing H2-Hub™ Gladstone a world-first industrial-scale export-oriented green hydrogen and ammonia project to be established at Yarwun, in the Gladstone SDA.

 Gladstone with its deep-water, multi-commodity industrial port precinct and the Gladstone SDA offers a unique springboard to establish and scale export-class green hydrogen and green ammonia operations.

 The availability of suitably zoned land, the SDA planning framework, and a commercially-focused land tenure process managed by Economic Development Queensland contribute to Gladstone competitive advantage. Working with EDQ we have been able to select a strategically-located development site, and been able to benefit for the wealth of management and planning work they carry out across the EDQ Gladstone SDA estate”.

– Dr Attilio Pigneri, Founder and CEO

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“The Northen Oil Refinery is the largest and most advanced waste oil refinery in Australia. While Gladstone was amongst a short list of potential locations, the availability of SDA land and the manner in which EDQ facilitated negotiations proved the tipping point for Southern Oil to invest around $85M AUD at Yarwun.  We subsequently found environmental, development and other regulatory approvals fair, and granted far quicker than we had anticipated.   The Department of State Development have been a pleasure to do business with.”

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