Backpacking Rockhampton

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    GET UP CLOSE TO CROCODILES AT KOORANA CROCODILE FARM: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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    NEARBY AT ROSSLYN BAY IS THE MAIN ACCESS POINT TO THE STUNNING GREAT KEPPEL ISLAND: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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    EXPLORE THE SPECTACULAR CAPRICORN CAVES: Photo courtesy Tourism Queensland
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Rockhampton Highlights

  • About 50 kilometres from Rockhampton at Roslyn Bay, is the main access point for Great Keppel and other nearby islands on the Great Barrier Reef

  • See the impressive Mount Jim Crow, a prominent feature towering over the landscape.

  • Visit Mount Etna Caves National Park, with its dense, decorated caves.

  • Head up to the top of Mount Archer for some spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges.

  • Go on a wild caving adventure tour in the Capricorn Caves.

  • See a crocodile that weighs over three quarters of a tonne at the Koorana Crocodile Farm.

About Rockhampton

Population 60,000

This classic Queensland country city is considered to be Australia's beef capital. It is situated approximately 40 kilometres from the coast and straddles the Fitzroy River and is the administrative and commercial centre of central Queensland.

The city is well laid out, with some excellent parks and gardens, a good art gallery and an Aboriginal Cultural Centre.


About 50 kilometres from Rockhampton at Roslyn Bay, is the main access point for Great Keppel and other nearby islands on the Great Barrier Reef.

Other attractions nearby, include Mount Jim Crow National Park, with the impressive Mount Jim Crow, a prominent feature towering over the landscape, Mount Etna Caves National Park, with its dense, decorated caves and Mount Archer National Park, which provides spectacular views of the city and the surrounding ranges.

There is the Capricorn Caves, which are a unique system of above-ground caves in a limestone ridge. They can be explored in a variety of ways, ranging from easy walking tracks to a more adventurous wild caving adventure tour.

There is also the Rockhampton Zoo, Koorana Crocodile Farm near Emu Park and the old gold-mining town of Mount Morgan, which all can be worth visiting.

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Rockhampton Tourist Information Centre

208 Quay Street
Rockhampton, Queensland
Phone 1800 805 865
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