Located halfway up Queensland's coast, Rockhampton is located on the Fitzroy River and enjoys plenty of sunshine thanks to its position on the tropic of Capricorn which divides the sub-tropics and tropics. The main city is just 40km from the mouth of the Fitzroy River and is 600km north of Brisbane, the state capital.
Once renowned as the beef capital of the world, this 'cow town' is now a popular tourist destination with its fantastic climate making outdoor activities and tourist attractions ideal year round. The post-colonial origins of Rockhampton are still reflected in its city streets today, however modern development has now spread throughout the town.
There are a number of attractions to explore in Rockhampton including the Fitzroy River, Great Western Hotel and heritage village of the city centre and south as well as the Koorana Crocodile Farm, Capricorn Caves, Mt Archer and the Dreamtime Cultural Centre in the north.
Some of the region's most popular attractions include the national parks of neighbouring Great Keppel Island, the Fitzroy riverfront attraction of the Riverbank Parklands and the picturesque Capricorn Coast, a coastal stretched between Emu Park and Yeppoon.
Outdoor activities are also a popular way to spend your time in Rockhampton with a number of beaches located nearby, reef cruises to Great Keppel Island, joy flights over the coastline, tours of the historic Mount Morgan heritage gold mine and fishing in the Fitzroy River.
Leaving the stereotype of the stock-rearing country town behind, but not completely, Rockhampton and its surrounding areas feature a blend of stylish modern buildings practically side by side with traditional Queenslander style buildings with their iconic wide verandas and colonial style sandstone buildings.
Designed with Rockhampton's warm tropical weather in mind, the range of Rockhampton accommodation ranges from basic backpacker accommodation, to caravan parks, the authentic experience of a pub hotel as well as more of the creature comforts in hotels and motels.