Yaralla Sports Club Inc. (formerly Queensland Alumina Sports Club) was formed in 1966 to organise sporting and sports related social activities for a growing number of Queensland Alumina Ltd (QAL) employees and their families. The site occupied by the Club was originally a hostel for single construction workers at QAL.
In 1969, QAL made several buildings available for use as interim Club rooms. In subsequent years, with the assistance of QAL, the Club developed significant sporting facilities to provide sporting activities on the hostel site. These sporting facilities are still highly regarded as some of the best in Central Queensland.
In 1992 with the Club having a wide community membership base, QAL believed it was appropriate to grant the Club House independence. Accordingly, the Club became incorporated in its own right as a sporting facility and was renamed Yaralla Sports Club Inc. The Club has a current membership base of approximately 35,000 members with twelve active sports Sub-Committees involving a wide range of activities such as Lawn Bowls, Cricket, Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Softball, Netball, Soccer and Deep Sea Fishing.
In 2001 the Club commenced the first of six stages of an ambitious development program spanning 12 years. The renovations have seen the Club evolve into a first class dining, entertainment and gaming facility. Today Yaralla offers three restaurants, a coffee shop, sports bar, a bottle shop, five function spaces, a gaming room featuring 108 machines, a canteen for Sub Clubs, a stunning outdoor smoking courtyard, a fitness centre, a 4-star Mercure Hotel and 297 sealed car parking spaces.
To date $28 million has been reinvested back into the Club to ensure its members have access to the best facilities available in Central Queensland.
Yaralla Sports Club currently employs approximately 120 people from the Gladstone area. Since 2011 the Club has also become a training ground for school based trainees and apprentices with the establishment of the Central Queensland Tourism and Hospitality Academy. The Academy provides students with the opportunity to earn certification in Hospitality, Kitchen Operations, Commercial Cookery, Fitness, Training and Assessing, and Management. Through its programs, students of the Academy receive a great head start in their careers by the time they complete their schooling. Since its inception 183 students have received training through the Academy.