Rockhampton is a historically rich city, most famous for being the Beef Capital of Australia. Situated on the Tropic of Capricorn, the major regional port sees the central Queensland coast meet the Outback, an interaction that encourages a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna.
Home to flourishing botanical gardens, Mt Archer National Park, gem fields and ancient Aboriginal tribal sites, and close to coastal locations such as Yeppoon, Emu Park, Great Keppel Island and the Great Barrier Reef, Rockhampton is a great base from which to experience regional Queensland.
Rockhampton features exciting and diverse dining scene, which references cuisines and cultures from all over the globe. Asian and Italian cooking styles and dishes are particularly well represented at a number if the city's top ranking eateries.
Surrounded by a diverse array of natural landscapes Rockhampton and nearby areas present an array of great opportunities to dine with a view. Enjoy sweeping vistas of the picturesque Fitzroy River or coastal outlooks in a number of casual or fine-dining settings.
Reputed as the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton's most exciting foodie experiences are its spectacular beef-specialist restaurants.
Rockhampton is a thriving regional centre home to the Central Coast’s best shopping. Opportunities to indulge in retail therapy can be found at a number of complexes, on shopping streets and in neighbouring coastal communities.
Australia’s Beef Capital enjoys four main shopping centres: Stockland Rockhampton, City Centre Plaza, Allenstown Plaza and Gracemere Shopping World. Stockland Rockhampton is one of Central Queensland’s largest shopping centres, with over 170 specialty stores and services showcasing everything from fashion, food, homewares, electrical goods and banking. City Centre Plaza is Rockhampton’s second largest shopping centre with more than 35 specialty stores, and supermarket facilities. Allenstown Plaza brims with a great mix of stores and family-friendly facilities in one convenient location. While Gracemere Shopping World is the city’s newest shopping complex, a one-stop shopping spot, offering everything from fashion to food and service providers to supermarkets.
Nearby the beach-side town of Yeppoon also hosts its own shopping centre, Yeppoon Central – where 30 speciality stores sit alongside Big W, Woolworths and McDonalds.
Rockhampton’s main shopping streets are focused downtown in the city centre, in the trendy neighbourhood of Allenstown, and on main thoroughfares leading into the city. Running through the centre of town and connecting to the Bruce Highway, Yaamba Road is dotted with a number of big name retailers, while Musgrave Street in Berserker (on the fringe of the city centre) is home a number of well-known service providers and food chains. Bolsolver, East and George streets are the city centre’s more frequented streets, hosting a wide variety of big name retailers alongside local boutiques, whereas Gladstone Road, Canning and Fitzroy streets are Allenstown’s go-tos for a variety of shopping experiences.