Rockhampton

Rockhampton is a modern throwback to the heydays of Queensland’s colonial past, offering all your cosmopolitan conveniences in a contemporary riverside setting.

There are plenty of places to keep the kids occupied including the beautiful Botanic Gardens and Zoo, which is proudly home to more than 70 species of native and exotic animals including dingoes, wombats, koalas and the wildly popular chimpanzees.
 
And when the sun sets on the mighty Fitzroy River, premium dining can be found along the heritage-listed streets, with some of the best steak houses, restaurants, pubs, clubs and cocktail bars found anywhere in regional Queensland. 

 

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Rockhampton is the heart of the Fitzroy Basin, Australia’s second largest river system, and bordered by the brooding Berserker Ranges, ultimately delivering the best of both worlds for outdoor and adventure buffs. Mt Archer National Park offers a hearty combination of hiking and mountain bike trails overlooking the city, and the limestone caves of the north offer boundless ecotourism and adventure opportunities. The Fitzroy River is a popular playground for water skiers and fishermen chasing the elusive barramundi and is the site of many colourful festivals and events, celebrations of live music, delicious food and local culture.

 

The Southern Great Barrier Reef prides itself on quintessential Queensland heritage and you simply can’t experience the Rockhampton of today, without an appreciation of days’ past. Once upon a time, Rockhampton was Australia’s northernmost city and even touted as the future state capital, thanks largely to the region’s thriving resource and beef industries, which continue today. In fact you need only look out the window when driving into town for proof of our pastoral pedigree, with six iconic bull statues standing proud throughout the city, and an undercover rodeo arena with live bull rides every Friday night to boot. With direct flights from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, as well as first class road and rail connectivity, there’s really no point reading about it… it’s time to experience the Beef Capital for yourself!

 

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