Central Queensland

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Central Queensland is a region of Queensland in Australia.



  • Rockhampton - the commercial centre of the region. Promotes itself as the "beef capital of Australia".
  • Rainbow Beach - picturesque coastal town hosting some of Queensland's best activities.
  • Mackay - the 'sugar capital' is full of Australian history and boasts a beautiful tropical botanic gardens.
  • Charters Towers - this town on the frontier between coast and country has a colourful history in gold mining and agriculture.
  • Town of 1770 - this town on the frontier between coast and country has a colourful history in gold mining and agriculture.
  • Gladstone - this port town allows visitors to experience hundreds of years of industrial history through museums and tours. The nearby resort of Agnes Water contains the most northerly surfing beach on Australia's east coast.

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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]



  • 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.


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


  • 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.

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