An important regional city that has retained much of its Australian small-town character, Rockhampton grew on the wealth of gold rushes and cattle empires.
Visit historical precincts such as Rockhampton Heritage Village and see some beautifully preserved architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Grand old pubs like the Heritage and Great Western Hotels also keeps the character of the city alive and make a charming stopover for a steak lunch and ice cold beer. Rockhampton is the Beef Capital of Australia and that's no idle boast; there are more than two million beef cattle located within a 250km radius.
A short 38 kilometre drive South of Rockhampton is Mount Morgan, an old mining town nestled on the Dee River. The town is an excellent example of Queensland's 19th century colonial history and boasts many artefacts and relics from the gold rush days. Visit the Mount Morgan Museum, the Railway Station and the fascinating old cemetery, and take a walk past the beautiful public buildings that grace the main street.