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Central Queensland

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Central Queensland is the coastal area north of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia.

Cities[edit]

Map of Central Queensland

Listed north to south

  • 1 Townsville - unofficial capital of North Queensland with about 160,000 people (including Thuringowa)
  • 2 Ayr
  • 3 Bowen
  • 4 Charters Towers - this town on the frontier between coast and country has a colourful history in gold mining and agriculture.
  • 5 Airlie Beach
  • 6 Proserpine
  • 7 Mackay - the 'sugar capital' is full of Australian history and boasts a beautiful tropical botanic gardens.
  • 8 Yeppoon
  • 9 Rockhampton - the commercial centre of the region, promoting itself as the "beef capital of Australia"
  • 10 Gladstone - this port town allows visitors to experience hundreds of years of industrial history through museums and tours.
  • 11 Town of 1770 - this town on the frontier between coast and country has a colourful history in gold mining and agriculture. The nearby resort of Agnes Water contains the most northerly surfing beach on Australia's east coast.
  • 12 Bundaberg – sugarcane, rum and ginger beer
  • 13 Gin Gin – the longest unsupported tunnel in the Southern Hemisphere
  • 14 Childers – many historic colonial buildings
  • 15 Hervey Bay – whale and dolphin watching and the gateway to Fraser Island
  • 16 Maryborough
  • 17 Rainbow Beach – picturesque coastal town hosting some of Queensland's best activities
  • 18 Kilkivan

Other destinations[edit]

Understand[edit]

Get in[edit]

Central Queensland is served with flights from most major centres in Australia through its coastal airports. Cairns and Gold Coast airports also serve some international destinations.

Highway 1 enters Central Queensland from Brisbane to the south and continues north to Cairns.

Get around[edit]

A drive from top to bottom of this region will take 13 hours from Townsville to Rainbow Beach. There isn't much of a passenger train network, and without a car you be reliant on buses and planes.

See[edit]

  • Whales, at Hervey Bay, the local centre for watching these majestic creatures.
  • The 'singing ship' memorial to Captain James Cook at Yeppoon.

Do[edit]

  • Fossick for gems near the appropriately-named towns of Emerald, Rubyvale and Sapphire.
  • Explore the trails of the pristine Carnarvon National Park.
  • Take a railway tour at the former gold-mining town of Mount Morgan.
  • Prospect for gold at the Prophet Gold Mine in Kilkivan.

Eat[edit]

  • Amazing pies at Joccheim's Bakery in Bowen, in the footsteps of Australia actors Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman.

Drink[edit]

  • Bundaberg rum in Bundaberg.
  • Whatever the locals are drinking at the pub in Gin Gin, 45 minutes out of Bundaberg.

Stay safe[edit]

  • Watch out for snakes when venturing into Central Queensland's pristine nature.

Go next[edit]

To the North:

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