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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

What would a trip to Capricorn be without visiting Rockhampton, the beef capital of Australia? The cattle country spirit manifests each weekend in a rodeo ring of bull riding. 'Rocky' also gives easy access to seaside Yeppoon, and the Keppel Islands. 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.

Activites and Experiences at Rockhampton

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre. Set in some 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal Sites. Open Monday to Friday 1000 to 1530. Guided tours available from 1030.
  • Abseiling
  • Motorcycling
  • Birdwatching Mount Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city and showcases a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna. Take a leisurely walk along one of Mount Archer’s many walking tracks. Frazer Park is the top plateau of Mount Archer and is approximately 604 metres above sea level. It is a steep five kilometre drive to the summit and there are three lookouts located along the way providing extensive views of the city and surrounding countryside. Frazer Park has excellent barbecues and picnic tables. Amenity blocks with disabled facilities are also available.
  • Bushwalking Mt Archer National Park has many walking tracks with views from several lookouts.
  • Camping There are several caravan parks in Rockhampton where camping is available.
  • Caving Capricorn Caves is just 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton. These magnificent limestone caves are open daily with guided tours and wild caving adventure tours also available.
  • City Sightseeing Take a city sightseeing bus tour.
  • Rock Climbing Visit Rocky Climbing Centre at the Walter Reid Building on the corner of East Street and Derby Street. Open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 1600 to 2100 and Saturday and Sunday 1100 to 1700.
  • Driving Get your self drive itinerary from the Regional Tourism Information centre on Gladstone Road.
  • Farm/Station activity The Capricorn Region is Australia’s largest producer of beef. Cattle stations and host Farms deliver the authentic ‘outback’ experience. There are a variety of farm stays within the Rockhampton area where you can experience campdrafts and mustering, milking the cows, collecting eggs, campout under the stars or simply relax and soak up Australian country life. Farm hosts can also offer four wheel drive experiences, campoven cooking, bushwalking, bush craft and didgeridoo making. Each cattle station in the Capricorn Region is unique and a place where you will make friends that will last a lifetime.
  • Fishing – Estuary The Fitzroy River flows through the centre of Rockhampton is one of the best places to catch a barramundi. Other species of fish in the Fitzroy include blue threadfin, king threadfin and gold spot estuary cod. The Rocky Barra Bounty held annually on the Fitzroy River in October has become a leading tag and release fishing event.
  • Exercising There are a variety of gym and fitness centres available in Rockhampton.
  • Flora Visit the recently heritage-listed 130 year old Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. Open daily 0600 to 1800 accessible from Spencer and Ann Streets. The Rockhampton Kershaw Gardens represent an Australian natural bush environment, dedicated to native plants. Open daily, access via Charles Street, High Street, Dowling Street and the Bruce Highway at Knight Street.
  • Gambling Poker machines, keno available at hotels in Rockhampton.
  • Game Playing
  • Golfing Rockhampton Golf Course is 18 hole course situated next to the Botanic Gardens.
  • Horseriding Horseriding is available at some of our farmstays or trail rides available from behind the Oaks Service Station on the Rockhampton/Yeppoon road.
  • Jet Boating Jet boating and skiing on the Fitzroy River in the heart of town.
  • Kayaking The picturesque Fitzroy River is the perfect place to kayak.
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Photography
  • Meditating/Relaxing
  • Scenic Flight Scenic flights available from Rockhampton airport, treat yourself to a birdseye view of Rockhampton or take a coastline tour over the Capricorn Coast and over the Keppel Islands.
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skiing – Water The Fitzroy River right in the heart of Rockhampton is a great place to go water skiing.
  • Sports Viewing
  • Tennis Tennis courts available for hire in Rockhampton.
  • Bush Tucker Visit the Kershaw Gardens dedicated to Australian Native Flora and take a guided bush tucker tour.
  • Animal Viewing The Rockhampton Zoo nestled between the Botanic Gardens and Murray Lagoon is a perfect place for families to see native Australian fauna. The zoo is open daily from 0800 to 1700 and entry is free. Feeding times for the koalas and lorikeets is 1500 each day.
  • Walking There are plenty of places to take a walk in and around Rockhampton. Take a leisurely walk along the riverside or one of our many beautiful gardens or parks.
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Convention Centre
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Rail Terminal
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres Capricorn Tourism on Gladstone Road or Rockhampton Tourist and Business Information on Quay Street in Customs House.
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, Australia’s largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre. Set in some 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal Sites. Open Monday to Friday 1000 to 1530. Guided tours available from 1030.
  • Adventure
  • The Arts The Rockhampton Art Gallery collection includes an extensive range of Australian and Queensland works from such renown artists as Sir Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Sir Russell Drysdale. The Gallery also boasts some of the best examples of artwork from the Central Queensland area. The Gallery has regular touring and local exhibitions and is located at 62 Victoria Parade.
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Caravan and Camping There are several caravan parks available in Rockhampton.
  • Rural/Country Experience the country in the city at a traditional Queensland hotel. The Great Western Hotel hold weekly rodeos at the back of the pub.
  • Cultural
  • Eco Tourism Capricorn Caves Eco Adventure Lodge set on 83 acres of Australian Bush offers a diverse range of exciting outdoor adventure and nature based activities.
  • Educational
  • Farm/Station The Capricorn Region is Australia’s largest producer of beef. Cattle stations and host Farms deliver the authentic ‘outback’ experience. There are a variety of farm stays within the Rockhampton area where you can experience campdrafts and mustering, milking the cows, collecting eggs, campout under the stars or simply relax and soak up Australian country life. Farm hosts can also offer four wheel drive experiences, camp oven cooking, bushwalking, bush craft and didgeridoo making. Each cattle station in the Capricorn Region is unique and a place where you will make friends that will last a lifetime.
  • Fishing The Fitzroy River flows through the centre of Rockhampton and is one of the best places to catch a barramundi. Other species of fish in the Fitzroy include blue threadfin, king threadfin and gold spot estuary cod. The Rocky Barra Bounty held annually on the Fitzroy River in October has become a leading tag and release fishing event.
  • Flora and Fauna Visit the recently heritage-listed 130 year old Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. While at the Botanic Gardens visit the free zoo which has many native animals to view. Open daily 0600 to 1800 accessible from Spencer and Ann Streets. The Rockhampton Kershaw Gardens represent an Australian natural bush environment, dedicated to native plants. Open daily, access via Charles Street, High Street, Dowling Street and the Bruce Highway at Knight Street.
  • Food and Wine
  • Historic/Heritage The majesty of Rockhampton’s historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for decades. The National Trust and the Heritage Commission have listed many of these buildings. See these historical buildings at our own leisure during a self guided walk. The ‘Heritage Walk Booklet’ is available from the Rockhampton Tourist Information Centre located in the historic Customs House. The heritage listed Archer Park Station and Steam Tram museum is open Tuesday to Sunday 1000 to 1600. Take a ride of the Purrey Steam Tram (operating every Sunday) believed to be the only operational one of its kind in the world. The Rockhampton Heritage Village is an active township museum where visitors can experience the rich and colourful history of the Rockhampton District. Situated just past the Yeppoon turn off on the Bruce Highway, the Heritage Village offers guided tours for visitors and school groups from Monday to Friday. Bookings are essential.
  • Homestay The Capricorn Region is Australia’s largest producer of beef. Cattle stations and host Farms deliver the authentic ‘outback’ experience. There are a variety of farm stays within the Rockhampton area where you can experience campdrafts and mustering, milking the cows, collecting eggs, campout under the stars or simply relax and soak up Australian country life. Farm hosts can also offer four wheel drive experiences, camp oven cooking, bushwalking, bush craft and didgeridoo making. Each cattle station in the Capricorn Region is unique and a place where you will make friends that will last a lifetime.
  • National Park Mount Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city and showcases a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna. Take a leisurely walk along one of Mount Archer’s many walking tracks. Frazer Park is the top plateau of Mount Archer and is approximately 604 metres above sea level. It is a steep five kilometre drive to the summit and there are three lookouts located along the way providing extensive views of the city and surrounding countryside. Frazer Park has excellent barbecues and picnic tables. Amenity blocks with disabled facilities are also available.
  • Nature based
  • Nightlife There are several nightclubs, and pubs with nightly entertainment.
  • Off road
  • Outback
  • Pub Stay Enjoy a stay in one of our classic Queensland Pubs.
  • Rail The Tilt Train departs daily from Brisbane.
  • Relaxation
  • Soft Adventure
  • Shopping
  • Wilderness
  • Wildflower
  • Wildlife The Rockhampton Zoo nestled between the Botanic Gardens and Murray Lagoon is a perfect place for families to see native Australian fauna. The zoo is open daily from 0800 to 1700 and entry is free. Feeding times for the koalas and lorikeets is 1500 each day.
  • RTN, QH and National Distributors (TQ)
  • Capricorn Tourism

Nearest Airport: Rockhampton Airport

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