Rich in natural beauty, Rockhampton sits astride the Fitzroy River, just above the Tropic of Capricorn. The city is renowned for its great community spirit and excellent tropical climate that supports an all year outdoor lifestyle. The city is the nexus between north and south, a stepping stone to the islands and the Great Barrier Reef and a gateway to the vastness of the Outback.
The tropical paradise of Great Keppel Island and the breathtakingly beautiful Capricorn Coast are less than an hour away. The many friendly towns that stretch all the way to the Outback, together with the Sapphire gem fields, the lush Byfield rainforest and the majestic Carnarvon Gorge are all accessible from Rockhampton.
Rockhampton ties together many of the threads of Queensland's lifestyle, heritage and culture. It is built on the wealth of gold rushes and cattle empires. With a population of approximately 70 000, the City enjoys a relaxed lifestyle, with warm winters and warm to hot summers. Rockhampton provides a window into our heritage, both European and Indigenous and offers a taste of the real Australia.