Regions of Queensland: what’s new in Central Queensland

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Central Queensland’s major regional centre is Rockhampton, also known as the ‘beef capital of Australia.’ Australia’s national beef expo is held once every three years in Rockhampton and will be held from 6 to 12 May 2018. Rockhampton acts as a business gateway for the mining and agricultural industries, while the Gladstone region is a thriving industrial base served by one of Australia’s busiest ports. The other service centres include Emerald and Yeppoon.

Latest in industry, business, tourism and projects 

For more information about other major projects in the region, see the Department of State Development. The Rockhampton Regional Council also has major projects listed on its website.

Key industries 

  • Beef
  • Food and agribusiness
  • Transport and logistics
  • Minerals and mining
  • Resources and energy
  • Education and training.

For more information about investment and business, please see TIQ Central Queensland investment opportunities and the Rockhampton brochure. You can also check out Capricorn Enterprise and Advance Rockhampton.

Settlement information  

Arriving in a new city and region can be daunting, so take advantage of the information that is out there to make the process of settling in easier.           


It is advisable to buy a car to get around, depending on where you are living.

Rockhampton – The Capricorn Sunbus and Young’s Bus Service run the bus services in Rockhampton. Rockhampton has a regional airport which services Central Queensland with flights to Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville, Cairns, and the Gold Coast. The Tilt Train also runs between Brisbane and Rockhampton.

Gladstone – Buslink operates the bus services. Gladstone’s regional airport has flights to and from Brisbane.

Yeppoon – Young Bus Service also operates bus services for the Yeppoon Town. They also have bus services from Rockhampton to Yeppoon.

Emerald – Mackay Transit provides services from Emerald to Mackay. Also, the Spirit of Outback tourist train operates between Emerald to Bundaberg and Brisbane.


The Queensland state government has an online search available for the public and private schools in Central Queensland. CQ University is the main university and VET provider in the area, with Central Queensland campuses in Emerald, Gladstone, Yeppoon and Rockhampton.

New Arrival Support

Check out the Rockhampton Regional Council’s website and Live Rockhampton for more information about living and working in Rockhampton. Multicultural Development Australia also has an office in Rockhampton and they assist with migrant settlement.

Other council websites for the Central Queensland area include, Gladstone Regional Council which has a new resident program, the Central Highlands Regional Council which covers Emerald, and Livingstone Shire Council which covers Yeppoon.

Major events and festivals

Cultural and major events happening in and around Central Queensland, include:  

To find out more about what’s happening in the area, check out Capricorn Holidays, Rockhampton Regional Council Events & Activities, Gladstone Regional Council Events and Morning Bulletin websites.

Other useful links

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