Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia is located on the Tropic of Capricorn and is the gateway to the Coast and the Outback.
Founded in 1853, the majesty of Rockhampton’s historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for decades. Many fine public and private buildings, including the Customs House, old Post Office, Cathedrals, banks, business houses and homes, are constant reminders of the city with an exciting background. The listing of Quay Street facing the river as an historic streetscape that is unique in Australia.
Rising out of Rockhampton’s north-eastern suburbs, Mt Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city, and showcases a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna. Frazer Park at the summit of Mt Archer is approximately 604 meters above sea level.
Six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area are situated throughout Rockhampton in recognition of Rockhampton’s Beef Capital of Australia title. Gracemere Saleyards, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, handle the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere. Public are welcome.
Experience the country in the city at the Great Western Hotel, which holds weekly rodeos at the back of the pub.
Rockhampton Heritage Village is an active township museum where visitors can experience Rockhampton’s rich and colourful history. You could also visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, set in some 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal Sites. Just 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton on Highway One is Capricorn Caverns, magnificent limestone caves.
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. Recently heritage-listed, the Rockhampton Gardens are 130 years old. Located within the Botanic Gardens, the Rockhampton Zoo is home to a diverse range of animals.
Beefy Rockhampton city
Rockhampton proudly declares itself the ‘Beef Cattle Capital of Australia’.
And you won’t easily forget the city’s wealth is largely based on the cattle industry. At both ends of town visitors are greeted by large sculptures of the region’s prized bull breeds on the median strip with another reminder atop the local shopping complex.
Around Rockhampton, more than three million cattle roam among the gum trees, and at local pubs, steak sandwiches and barbecued snags are a local speciality.
In the centre of town, the famous Great Western Hotel offers bull riding in its own backyard bullring. The huge 3000-seat undercover rodeo draws champion riders from all over Australia and plays host to national competitions and rodeos almost every weekend.
Visitors to the region can also enjoy an authentic taste of outback life on any number of cattle stations and host farms. Rodeos, camp drafts and mustering are all a part of life in the Capricorn region.
For slightly more sedate pursuits, just 40 kilometres east of Rocky is Yeppoon, a peaceful holiday resort surrounded by attractive beaches and great swimming. It’s also an easy access point for the Keppel Islands, another unspoiled paradise. Great Keppel Island, just north of the Tropic of Capricorn is the largest of the Keppel islands. Mostly natural bushland it boasts 28 kilometres of beaches, small secluded bays and a wealth of activities for the active – from sailing, diving and surfing to horse riding and bushwalking.
Nearest Airport: Rockhampton Airport
- Off Road Driving
- Bird Watching
- Bush Walking
- City Sightseeing
- Rock Climbing
- Horse Riding
- Scenic Flight
- Skiing - Water
- National Park
- Fishing - Estuary
- Jet Boating
Accommodation In Rockhampton
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- Aylward’s Wintersun Motel
- Best Western Regency On Albert
- Best Western Tropical Wanderer Resort
- Brae Bothy Bed and Breakfast
- Bridge Motor Inn
- Castle Court Motor Inn
- Cattle City Motor Inn
- Central Park Motel
- City-Ville Luxury Apartments
- Coffee House Luxury Apartments
- Comfort Inn Rockhampton
- Country Club for Accommodation
- David Motel, The
- Dreamtime Lodge
- Fitzroy Motor Inn
- Glenmore Palms Motel
- Golden Fountain Motel
- Henderson Park Farmstay
- Leichhardt Hotel
- Motel 98
- Motel Lodge
- Quality Inn Centre Point
- Riverside Tourist Park
- Rockhampton Plaza Hotel
- Southside Holiday Village
- True Blue Motor Inn
Tours In Rockhampton
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