Rockhampton

Rockhampton, where the hats, boots and utes are big…but the bulls are even bigger.

With over 2.5 million cattle within a 250km radius of Rockhampton, it's called Australia's Beef Capital for a reason. This sprawling country town is the administrative and commercial centre of central  Queensland, its wide streets and fine Victorian-era buildings, take a stroll down Quay St reflecting the region's prosperous 19th-century heyday of gold and copper mining and beef-cattle industry.

Straddling the tropic of Capricorn, Rocky can be aptly scorching. It's 40km inland and lacks coastal sea breezes; summers are often unbearably humid. The town has a smattering of attractions but is best seen as a gateway to the coastal gems of Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island. To really appreciate being in Australia's Beef Capital, a visit to the Great Western Hotel is a must. This iconic hotel right in town holds weekly rodeos in the arena located at the back of the pub. Experience the thrill of watching professional bull riders while you tuck into a juicy steak! 

Rockhampton owes much of its past and present fortunes to the beef industry and the "big bulls" statues that are scattered around town are a tribute to the city's Beef Capital of Australia title. You can experience livestock sales for yourself at Gracemere Saleyards, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, which handle the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere.

Trains that take you there

Arrive on-time, Arrive refreshed, 24 Services a week. The Tilt Train travels from Brisbane to Bundaberg and Rockhampton, with RailBus Coach Connections to Hervey Bay.
RouteRoute:Brisbane to Rockhampton
DurationDuration:7 hrs 30 mins
Connecting Queensland the new way. The Spirit of Queensland travels from Brisbane to Cairns five times a week, with RailBus Coach Connections to Hervey Bay and Airlie Beach.
RouteRoute:Brisbane to Cairns
DurationDuration:24 hrs
The heart and soul of Queensland's Outback. The Spirit of the Outback travels from Brisbane to Longreach twice a week, with RailBus Coach Connections to Winton.
RouteRoute: Brisbane to Longreach
DurationDuration: 26 hrs
  
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  <p>You're guaranteed to get a great steak in Rockhampton because it  happens to be the Beef Capital of Australia. For a true spectacle, be sure to  check out the weekly rodeo at the back of the pub at the Great Western Hotel.</p>
  <p>Nature lovers will enjoy exploring Mount Archer National Park with  its spectacular range of native plants and wildflowers. The mountain itself is  604 metres above sea level and offers glorious views of Rockhampton and the  coast. The Capricorn Caves, are a series of magnificent limestone caves that  are definitely worth a visit. For aboriginal history, head to the Dreamtime  Cultural Centre, set in some 30 acres of natural bushland on Ancient Tribal  Sites.</p>
  <p>Pack a picnic rug and enjoy a lazy afternoon in the Rockhampton  Botanic Gardens. Over 130 years old, the site was recently heritage listed. The  Rockhampton Zoo is located within the botanic gardens and is another  interesting place to take the family during your holiday.</p>
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