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Rockhampton Queensland

A charming town with lovable climate located under the Tropics of Capricorn. Famously known as the Beef Capital of Australia.


At a Glance

Rockhampton was initially founded for grazing purposes. This heritage was not lost as the town proudly displays several big ‘bull’ statues around the town and upholding its title as the Beef Capital of Australia. Weekly rodeos are also held in the arena, giving it a little wild west vibes. Be sure to not miss out on delicious steaks when visiting Rockhampton!

Near the town lies several attractions that one can visit. The Mount Archer National Park offers a great overarching view over the Rockhampton region as well as the coast with a great variety of native plants and wildflowers. The adventurous can also venture and explore the Capricorn Caves, with magnificent limestone pillars and piers.


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Where is Rockhampton?

 

Rockhampton is 636 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Rockhampton is a town that lies on the Fitzroy River, just to the north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The Berserker Range lies to the east of Rockhampton, and the Athelstane Range to the west. The town has captivating historical architecture including heritage post offices, historic streetscapes, majestic cathedrals and quaint homes. The Mount Archer National Park offers a spectacular range of native flora. The best way to get to Rockhampton from Brisbane is by flying.


 

Things to see in Rockhampton

 

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll. They have Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. Some specimens are over 100 years old. The ideal venue for a family picnic, a garden lover’s sanctuary, a fun playground for the kids, or the perfect place for some tranquil ‘me time’, the Botanic Gardens is the tropical paradise for you.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

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Rockhampton Zoo

You’ll discover more than 70 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits. Check out the cheeky chimps, watch the waddling wombats, hear the howling dingoes or simply get up close and personal with the koalas – there’s something for everyone.

Rockhampton Zoo

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Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves is the premier nature based attraction in Central Queensland which has been included wheelchair and amazing Cathedral Chamber. Here you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge and even spot little insectivorous bats in certain seasons. These magnificent caves are located north of Rockhampton and are winners of many major tourism and environment awards, they are also eco-tourism accredited. For the adventurous, there are wild caving explorations or abseiling.

Capricorn Caves

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Keppel Bay Island National Park

Secluded beaches, crystal-clear waters, plunging cliffs and diverse plant communities are some of the attractions of Keppel Bay Islands National Park and Keppel Bay Islands National Park (Scientific). The islands are the traditional home of the Kanomi-Woppaburra people. Secluded beaches, sheltered bays, plunging cliffs and diverse plant communities are just some of the attractions on offer. Sea turtles breed and feed around the islands.

Keppel Bay Island National Park

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What's the weather like?

 

Rockhampton is in possession of a humid subtropical climate. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, it was in a position where it is unaffected by monsoons in the north and cold fronts from the south. Rockhampton experiences sunshine for a third of the year and is susceptible to summer thunderstorms. Rockhampton also lies on the cyclone risk zone and has suffered from several destructive cyclones in the past century. In Summer (December to February), the average maximum temperature is 31°C with an average minimum of 22°C. In Winter (June to August), the average maximum temperature is 23°C with an average minimum of 10°C.

 

Get to know Rockhampton's history

 

The area around Rockhampton was traditionally inhabited by the Darumbal people prior to European arrival. This area was scouted by several explorers that were seeking good grazing land in the 1800s. As grazing lands and water sources were abundant in the region, being near to the Fitzroy River, it grew quickly. An attempted venture of gold mining in 1859 nearby has boosted the population of the town.

Today, Rockhampton is known for its agriculture, most notably of bovine nature. It has styled itself the Beef Capital of Australia, a tribute of its origin as a suitable grazing land.