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Connecting Rockhampton via Blackwater, Emerald, to Barcaldine, the Capricorn Highway follows the route along the Tropic of Capricorn, providing a journey of discovery and adventure.

This 567 km drive takes you from Rockhampton (the Beef Capital of Australia), westward through the mining community of Blackwater, Blackdown National Park (offering overnight camping, booking / permit required), Emerald (centre of the gem fields), then on to Barcaldine (the recognised birthplace of the Australian Labour Party and home to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre).

For fossickers, just west of Emerald are the gem fields, townships and localities in the  Gemfields Region include Willows, Bogantungan, Sapphire and Rubyvale, the latter two named after the precious stones to be found there.

Capricorn Highway Distance

Distance along the Capricorn Highway
• Following are some approximate distances by road along the Capricorn Highway:
• Rockhampton to Gracemere 13
• Gracemere to Westwood 40
• Westwood to Duaringa 62
• Duaringa to Dingo 36
• Dingo to Blackwater 48
• Blackwater to Emerald 75
• Emerald to Anakie 45
• Anakie to Willows/Bogantungan 43
• Willows to Alpha 83
• Alpha to Jericho 54
• Jericho to Grant 49
• Grant to Barcaldine 38
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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