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City Spotlight: Rockhampton, Queensland

Rockhampton is one of Queensland’s major port cities for the Great Barrier Reef and is known as the beef capital of Australia. “Rocky”, as it is known to the locals, is located in central Queensland in the Capricorn Coast Region. The city is situated on the Fitzroy River and is about 600 km north of the capital of Brisbane. It isn’t quite a coastal city; it is actually quite inland for a port city. The Fitzroy River splits the city into a north side and south side that are connected by 3 bridges. One bridge is for trains and the other two are for vehicles and people. Over 80,000 people live in Rockhampton.

Rockhampton From Mt Archer

Rockhampton from Mt. Archer Photo Credit: By ZayZayEM at the English language Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0

Rockhampton From Mt Archer - Night

City of Rockhampton at night view from Mt. Archer Photo Credit: By Kriscmay – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Rockhampton History and Culture

Rockhampton City

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Rockhampton Post Office 1895

Rockhampton Post Office c. 1895 Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Rockhampton Night Life

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Gold Diggers - Queensland

Aborigines and gold differs near Rockhampton c. 1860s. Painting in National Library of Australia. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

It was founded in 1853 and the city now has a rich history and is filled with cultural activities. Many heritage buildings still line the historic streets of the city like the post offices, cathedrals and some historic homes. The Rockhampton Heritage Village is a museum where you can take a step back in time and learn all about the past. European settler history is not the only one in the area, learn about the ancient Aboriginal history of the region at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. The Ancient Tribal Sites are outside the city on about 30 acres of natural bushland.

Living in Rockhampton Today


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Rockhampton - FItzroy River

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Mount Archer - National Park

Eucalypt Woodland in Mt. Archer National Park Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Living in Rockhampton today means a mix of the old world and the new. The Gracemere Saleyards is the biggest stud-selling venue in the entire Southern Hemisphere. You will find something for everyone and it is a great place to live. There is a weekly rodeo in the back of the Great Western Hotel. You will be in a city but always close to an abundance of nature. As you will read below, there is much to do in the city and surrounds that attract tourists here and make tourism one of the largest industries. It is amazing to be able to live in the city but be so close to Mount Archer National Park, Capricorn Caves, and of course, the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll read about more things to do below.

Rockhampton Industry

Rockhampton Bull Statue

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Since Rockhampton is known as the ‘Beef Capital of Australia’, of course, beef and the grazing industry dominate the city. The Aurizon rail freight company is one of the city’s largest employers. Rockhampton is the meeting point of the rail line with major coalfields to the west and the coal port of Gladstone to the south. Tourism is an ever growing industry here with the Great Barrier Reef so close, the outlying islands nearby, and so much to do in the city limits as well. Other employment sectors in Rockhampton include retail and wholesale, agriculture, and education.

Climate for Rockhampton

Rockhampton Climate

Rockhampton Climate Chart Photo Credit: Wikipedia


Rockhampton has a humid subtropical climate. Because of how it is situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, it is in between the North West monsoonal influence and the cold fronts from the Southern Ocean. Rockhampton is susceptible to cyclones and experiences a wet summer season and dry winter season. During the summers, average high temperatures range between 29°C and 31°C. Average low temperatures in the winter range between 9°C and 10°C.

Hiring a Moving Truck in Rockhampton

Rockhampton Map

Rockhampton Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Rockhampton Truck Hire Map

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Rockhampton has two truck rental locations. You can hire a rental truck at the Rockhampton Airport location  or you can rent a moving van from the Rockhampton city Budget Trucks location. Other nearby truck rental locations are in the cities of Yeppoon, Gladstone, Bundaberg, and Hervey Bay. Plan ahead when you are moving and visit our website to book early. Make sure to take advantage of the moving truck rental specials we run on a regular basis.

10 Things to Do in Rockhampton

Rockhampton - Kershaw Gardens

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Koorana Crocodile Farm

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Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves Entrance Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Rockhampton gives you close access to beautiful spots in the Great Barrier Reef such as Keppel Bay Islands National Park, Curtis Island National Park, and popular dive spots. On the mainland, you can enjoy beef from the ‘Beef Capital of Australia’ in the many restaurants and cafes, sail on the Fitzroy River, take an educational Aboriginal culture tour and these 10 other local ideas:

  1. Visit Mt. Archer National Park
  2. Safely check out over 3,000 crocodiles at Koorana Crocodile Farm
  3. Explore Mt. Etna Caves National Park
  4. Go “down under” in the Capricorn Caves
  5. Archer Park Rail Museum
  6. Kershaw Gardens
  7. Rockhampton Art Gallery
  8. Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
  9. Tour the outlying islands to the south of Rockhampton
  10. Find all 6 of the Rockhampton Bull Statues

To learn more about things to do in Rockhampton, read about it on our Budget Travel Tips Blog: Rockin’ Holiday in Rockhampton. We also featured Rockhampton in our blog about the Legendary Pacific Coast Road Trip from Sydney to Brisbane, Quirky Places to Stay in Queensland, and  Great Barrier Reef 5 Top Port Cities and Things to Do on the Great Barrier Reef.  Since Rockhampton is on the Great Barrier Reef, you can also learn more about the region from these blogs:

Great Barrier Reef National Park

Great Barrier Reef Excursions

Great Barrier Reef Island Getaways

Great Barrier Reef with Kids and Great Barrier Reef with Kids Part Two

The Whitsunday Islands

Sandy Beaches, Blue Waters, and Whale Watching in Hervey Bay

Mackay’s Endless Holiday Possibilities

Tips for Moving to any City in Australia

These are some general moving tips and advice if you are moving to any city in Australia. The important thing is to plan ahead, get organised, and don’t wait for the last minute when you are moving.

  • Make sure your passport is valid and up-to-date. Obtain a visa if you are going to need one.
  • Get an international free email address so that you will be able to keep in touch. Checkout Gmail, Yahoo, or Hotmail.
  • Connect with a relocation agent to help you find a job and a place to live.
  • Start going through your clothing and other belongings to see what you can sell or giveaway before it’s time to pack.
  • If you are moving from another country, check the compatibility of your appliances. Australia uses voltage 220-240 volts.
  • Start to inventory the items you are taking and see if you have receipts for those items.
  • Start getting quotes for renting a moving truck or hiring a moving company and decide which one is best for you.
  • Ask about the cost marine insurance. This is based on the value of the things you are taking.
  • Take pictures of everything you are moving, especially the more expensive items to keep a record for insurance purposes.
  • Make a checklist and a calendar and stick to them.

Here are some other city spotlights we have covered for other cities in Australia:

City spotlights in Queensland: Brisbane, Toowoomba, Cairns, Townsville, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, and Mackay

City spotlights in New South Wales: Sydney, Wollongong, Maitland, Newcastle, Tweed Heads,  and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales  and Wodonga, Victoria

City spotlights in Victoria: Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and the Twin Cities of Albury, New South Wales and Wodonga, Victoria

City Spotlight: Canberra, ACT

City Spotlight: Perth, Western Australia

City Spotlight: Adelaide, South Australia

City Spotlight: Darwin, Northern Territory

City Spotlight Alice Spring, Northern Territory

City Spotlight: Hobart, Tasmania, City Spotlight Launceston, Tasmania

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