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Rockhampton & Region - Cities, Towns and Localities
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Other towns, villages and localities in the Rockhampton region include:
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Rockhampton Customs House'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 north-east.

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.

Major 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.

Other 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 and more.

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.

Information Centre Rockhampton Tourist & Business Information
Customs House, 208 Quay Street
Freecall: 1800 805 865 (within Australia)
Ph: 07 4922 5339

Heritage Village Information Centre
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Bruce Highway
Ph: 07 4936 1026

Capricorn Tourism Visitor Information Centre
Tropic of Capricorn Spire
Gladstone Road
Freecall: 1800 676 701 (within Australia)

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Rockhampton Attractions

Archer Park Station & Steam Tram MuseumArcher Park Station & Steam Tram Museum
• Cnr Denison and Cambridge St • Ph: 07 4922 2774 • Email
• The museum covers the history of rail-based transportation in Rockhampton and is set in the 100 year-old Archer Park rail station. The main attraction at the museum is the fully restored Purrey Steam Tram which still operates each weekend. The station also features the Digital Soundscape system that provides audio interpretation for the entire site and works in conjunction with conventional text and object-based exhibitions to create a unique visitor experience.
Blackdown Tableland National Park
• 2 1/2 hours west of Rockhampton rises a sandstone plateau 600 m above the surrounding country. Magnificent views, cliffs, deep gorges, aboriginal art, few camping facilities. No water or visitor centre.
Capricorn Caves
• Olsen’s Caves Road • Ph: 07 4934 2883 • Email
• (Formerly Olsens Caves) The spectacular Capricorn Caves are a unique system of above-ground caves in a limestone ridge situated 23km north of Rockhampton. Today, they are the largest privately owned show caves in Australia. Tours are available to suit disabled persons through to wild adventure caving.
Kershaw Gardens
• Charles Street • Ph: 07 4922 1654
• Native Australian Garden dedicated to preserving native flora.
Kroombit Tops National Park
• Another unusual item of interest that can be seen in the park is the remains of the "Beautiful Betsy" an American B-24D Liberator aeroplane No 42-40387 which disappeared in February of 1945 she disappeared somewhere between Darwin and Brisbane on a routine supply run for military personnel based in Darwin.
Mt Archer National Park
• Providing an imposing backdrop to the city of Rockhampton is Mt Archer, part of the Beserker and Flat Top mountain ranges stretching to the north and east of Rockhampton. The mountains base starts in the northern suburbs of the city.
Mount Etna Caves National Park
• An important park near Rockhampton the Mt Etna Caves are home to a huge colony of Bent Wing Bats approximately 400,000 in total. The area is littered with over 100 limestone caves, many with bat colonies in them.
Mount Hay Tourist Park
• Mt. Hay Gemstone Tourist Park Wycarbah • Ph: 07 4934 7183 • Email
• Aradon Mount Hay offers a huge range of gemstone, gemstone products, pewter products and gemstone cutting/polishing services to both Australian and International customers.
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
• Ph: 07 4936 8254
• One of the best in regional Australia, covering 96 acres the gardens were first established in 1869 and specialise in several areas, including Cycads and Hugo Lassen Fernery,  a Japanese Garden will also delight you.

• Rockhampton Suburbs and Localities

Other towns, villages and localities in the Rockhampton region include:
• Adelaide Park • Allenstown • Alton Downs • Bajool • Baree • Barlows Hill • Barmaryee
• Berserker • Bondoola • Boulder Creek • Bouldercombe • Bungundarra • Bushley • Byfield
• Canal Creek • Canoona • Causeway Lake • Cawarral • Cobraball • Cooee Bay • Coorooman
• Coowonga • Dalma • Depot Hill • Emu Park • Etna Creek • Fairy Bower • Farnborough
• Fletcher Creek • Frenchville • Garnant • Glendale • Glenlee • Glenroy • Gogango • Gracemere
• Greenlake • Hamilton Creek • Hidden Valley • Horse Creek • Inverness • Ironpot • Jardine
• Joskeleigh • Kabra • Kalapa • Kawana • Keppel Sands • Kinka Beach • Koongal • Kunwarara
• Lake Mary • Lakes Creek • Lammermoor • Leydens Hill • Limestone • Limestone Creek
• Marlborough • Marmor • Maryvale • Meikleville Hill • Midgee • Milman • Moongan • Morinish
• Morinish South • Mount Archer • Mount Chalmers • Mount Gardiner • Mount Morgan • Mulambin
• Mulara • Nankin • Nerimbera • Nine Mile • Nine Mile Creek • Norman Gardens • Oakey Creek
• Ogmore • Pacific Heights • Park Avenue • Parkhurst • Pink Lily • Port Alma • Port Curtis
• Ridgelands • Rockyview • Rosslyn • Rossmoya • Sandringham • Shoalwater • South Yaamba
• Stanwell • Stockyard • Struck Oil • Tanby • Taranganba • Taroomball • The Caves • The Common
• The Keppels • The Mine • The Range • Thompson Point • Trotter Creek • Tungamull
• Walmul • Walterhall • Wandal • Wattlebank • Weerriba • West Rockhampton • Westwood
• Woodbury • Wura • Wycarbah • Yaamba • Zilzie

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Rockhampton Distance

Distance to Rockhampton
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Rockhampton:
• Brisbane 632.6
• Gladstone 107.2
• Gold Coast 714.6
• Hervey Bay 390.9
• Mackay 335.5
• Maroochydore 548.4
• Maryborough 383.6
• Noosa Heads 529.1
• Townsville 723.6
• Yeppoon 41.2
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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