Rockhampton - Location Report

QUINTESSENTIAL ROCKHAMPTON

Welcome to Rockhampton (‘Rocky’ to its mates), where the hats, boots and utes are big…but the bulls are even bigger. With over 2.5 million cattle within a 250km radius of Rockhampton, it’s called Australia’s Beef Capital for a reason. This sprawling country town is the administrative and commercial centre of central Queensland, its wide streets and fine Victorian-era buildings (take a stroll down Quay St) reflecting the region’s prosperous 19th-century heyday of gold and copper mining and beef-cattle industry.
— Lonely Planet

INTRODUCING 'ROCKY'

Rockhampton, on the Tropic of Capricorn in Queensland, is a town of about 80,000 people with a historic and elegant feel.  It is only a one hour flight from Brisbane and the airport is a 5 minute cab ride away, making the journey there quick and easy.

IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BEEF

Did you know Rockhampton is the Beef Capital of Australia (there are over 2 million cattle within a 250km radius!) and they hold a 'Beef Week' every three years?  The town comes alive with social events, music and celebrity chefs who demonstrate all the different ways you can cook with beef.

VISIT A ZOO IN YOUR LUNCH BREAK (FOR FREE!)

Where else could you walk 5 minutes from your workplace and find yourself wandering around a zoo?  Nestled within the Botanic Gardens, the Rockhampton Zoo is a great place to get up-close to koalas, emus and kangaroos.  Go mid-week and you won't have to compete with any crowds.  Free entry, but a gold coin donation is welcomed.

 A resident at Rockhampton Zoo

A resident at Rockhampton Zoo

WHERE TO STAY & WHERE TO EAT

Two bright, modern and central choices would be:

Lots of food options for you to try.  In the Empire Apartment Hotel building is a Ribs & Rumps (no prizes for guessing what's on the menu), an Italian called Pacino's, plus a Coffee Club. Nearby on William Street is the Ginger Mule, a tapas & cocktail bar that is famous for its steak.

 Fitzroy River - Rockhampton

Fitzroy River - Rockhampton

LAUNCH PAD TO EXPLORE

Rockhampton is great as a launch pad to explore further afield. 30 minutes away is Yeppoon, a quirky coastal village. Grab a coffee from Cruisin' By and soak in the views of the Keppel Islands in the distance.  More time on your hands?  Catch a boat over to Great Keppel Island and stay for a night or two.  Surrounded by clear, pristine water you will be spoiled for choice with 17 white beaches to discover.

GETTING THERE

Flights - Qantas and Virgin connect Rockhampton with Brisbane and other cities. 

 

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