Rockhampton is known as the Beef Capital of Australia and is located on the Tropic of Capricorn on the coast of Central Queensland. Rockhampton is ideally located to act as the gateway to the Queensland Coast and the Queensland Outback.
Rockhampton was founded in 1853 and retains many wonderful examples of historical architecture that continue to surprise and delight visitors of this beautiful city.
Rockhampton has many fine buildings such as Customs House, the Post Office, Cathedrals and more that contribute to this impressive display of historical architecture. Quay Street which faces the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton has been listed as an historic streetscape, which is unique in Australia.
Mt Archer National Park in the northern suburbs of Rockhampton provides panoramic views of the city, and showcases a diverse and splendid range of native Australian flora and fauna. Frazer Park at the summit of Mt Archer is just over 600 meters above sea level.
Rockhampton Heritage Village is an active township museum where visitors can experience Rockhampton's rich and colourful history. You can also visit the aboriginal Dreamtime Cultural Centre, set in around 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal Sites. Capricorn Caverns is a fantastic attraction of magnificent limestone caves and is just 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton on Highway One.
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens have been heritage listed and are regarded as being among the best provincial gardens in Australia. The Rockhampton Gardens are 130 years old and also contain the Rockhampton Zoo which is home to a diverse range of animals.
Six bull statues representing the main cattle breeds of the area are situated throughout Rockhampton and stand as a testament to Rockhampton's status as the Beef Capital of Australia. On the outskirts of Rockhampton, the Gracemere Saleyards handle the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere. The saleyards are open to the public and offer an intriguing insight into this aspect of the cattle industry in Queensland.
The Great Western Hotel runs weekly rodeos at the back of the pub and is another great way to get a taste of country life in the city.
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