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Rockhampton Holidays Overview
Rockhampton is located on the coast of Queensland about 633 km north of Brisbane. This is a city filled with beautiful historic buildings that are full of character and it is often described as the city where the outback meets the reef.
Rockhampton is considered to be the beef capital of Australia and was founded in 1855. The discovery of gold in Canoona, Mount Morgan, Bouldercombe, and Mount Wheeler accelerated the growth of the city. This city is resource rich and survives from mining, grazing, farming, and meat processing. The city is so proud of its beef heritage that there are 6 bull statues to be found around the city in recognition of the main breeds of cattle in the region.
There are many attractions for the tourist to enjoy while staying in Rockhampton. Some of these are Mt Archer National Park, the weekly rodeos at the Great Western Hotel, the Gracemere saleyards, the Rockhampton Heritage Village, the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, and the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens.
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Big River Jazz is a 3 day programme held each September. Friday night runs till late and features jazz performed in various venues such as bars and restaurants, around the city. On Saturday, there is an outdoor concert set on the banks of the Fitzroy River with great food and wine. Many styles of jazz are performed at this concert which runs for hours. The jazz festival winds up on the Sunday at the Heritage Village markets.
The Rocky Barra Bounty is held annually on the Fitzroy River on the last Thursday, Friday and Saturday in October. This is considered to be a 5 star fishing event. There is a tag and release barramundi fishing competition and over 70 teams register each year. The competition kicks off on the Thursday evening with a compulsory information night, and then the serious business of fishing starts on the Friday and into the Saturday. Saturday night is the awards dinner.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights There are roughly 35 flights daily in and out of Rockhampton airport. Passengers can fly to Brisbane and Sydney on an extremely regular basis from 6am to 8 pm at night. Airlines providing a service to Rockhampton include Quantas Link, Jetstar, and Virgin BLue.
Embassy. The nearest Australian embassy is located in Brisbane.