Rockhampton, population 57 800, is a coastal Queensland town situated on the Tropic of Capricorn in Darumbal country. Being the beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton is also the capital of the surrounding agricultural district. The central business district, particularly Quay Street and East Street, make one of Australias most elegant streetscapes. The concentration of old buildings, tree-lined streets and the Fitzroy River all combine to make Rockhampton a unique place.
Attractions in the region range from the informative to the adventurous, from the mainland to the deep sea.
Atractions in and around Rockhampton include the Rocky Markets, the Mount Archer Lookout, the botanic gardens and zoo, Olsen’s Caverns, Byfield, Cooper Downs Cattle Station, Blackwater BHP Coal Mine and the Rockhampton Art Gallery.
If your idea of a holiday is white beaches, warm sunshine and cold drinks the beaches in this region are ideal.
The award-winning Dreamtime Aboriginal Cultural Centre is only five minutes north of Rockhampton by car. A meandering trail highlights the different medicinal and edible plants of the area.
Koorana Crocodile Farm is a half hour drive east of Rockhampton where you can watch powerful estuarine crocodiles shoot vertically out of the water to catch their food.