'Beef Capital of Australia'
Also known as Rocky, this city of over 100,000 residents in
the greater Rocky area sits astride the famous Fitzroy River
and the Tropic of Capricorn only 40 km inland from the
Capricorn coast and the Pacific Ocean. The Bezerker Ranges
and Mt Archer provide a magnificent backdrop to this
historic Queensland city.
The Rockhampton Regional Council area is bordered by the Isaac Regional Council
area and Banana Shire in the south, and the Central Highlands Regional Council
area in the west. The main urban area are Rockhampton and Yeppoon to the
Settled in 1855 Rockhampton was named by Queensland first Land
Commissioner Mr W Wiseman, who apparently was inspired by the rocks in the
Fitzroy River. Gold was also discovered nearby which brought new residents trade
and industry into the area. Rocky was proclaimed a city in 1902.
attractions in the region include a number of national parks and state forests,
Great Barrier Reef, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, Cammoo Caves, Capricorn Caves,
Johannsens Caves, numerous beaches and islands including Great Keppel Island.
items of interest include the imposing colonial buildings
along the river and throughout the city centre, the Military
Museum, Big River Jazz Festival, Beef Expo, Barra Bounty,
Railway Museum, Chinese Festival, Glenmore Homestead and
many of the more usual holiday pursuits such as skydiving,
bull rides, go karting, art and craft galleries, shopping
Today Rockhampton is the centre of a beef
industry, pineapple and fruit growing, forestry and mining. Tourism is also
another important industry.
In addition to our listed online travel guide information,
contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.