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The Rockhampton region is located on the beautiful Capricorn Coast and is the economic and services hub for the entire Central Queensland region. The city boasts many of the benefits of metropolitan living, in an environment and climate that suits a relaxed, outdoor lifestyle. Home to a thriving commercial and business centre, Rockhampton is surrounded by significant mining and rural industries. A strong and diversified economy has given a broad spectrum of investors the confidence to capitalise on the tremendous opportunities unfolding in the Rockhampton region. This investment, from both Australia and overseas, has resulted in almost $11 billion in development recently completed or currently planned for the region. The major industries and opportunities across the region relate to the following:

  • agriculture
  • mining
  • tourism
  • retail trade
  • fishing

An attractive location to live, work and invest, Rockhampton is one of Queensland's top 15 largest-growing areas*. The prosperous city offers above-average incomes, favourable living costs, numerous cultural and recreational options, and also provides locals and tourists with easy access to many spectacular natural attractions.

Source: Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation 2009
* Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011; Rockhampton LGA
A beach pictured on a sunny day near Rockhampton

ImageRockhampton at a glance

  • 116,722*
  • 7 hour drive or 1 hour flight north of Brisbane
  • 1 domestic airport
  • 3 hospitals
  • 2 tertiary education facilities
  • 5 major shopping precincts
Key Events:
  • The Big Croc Hatch (March)
  • BEEF Week Australia (May)
  • Rockhampton Annual Show (June)
  • QREX Qld. Resources Expo (July)
  • Rocky Barra Bounty (October)
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