city in Queensland, Australia

Rockhampton is a city in Queensland, Australia. In June 2018, 78,592 people lived there. It is built on the banks of the Fitzroy River about 30 km from the coast. It is called the "Beef Capital of Australia."[2] The town was first settled in 1855, and grew when gold was found in the Fitzroy River in 1858, and later at Mount Morgan.[3][4] The town is the service centre for a large number of cattle stations (large farms). There are two abattoirs for exporting beef from Rockhampton. There are also large coal mines to the west of Rockhampton, and a magnesium mine.[4]

Historic Quay street
Rockhampton Supreme Court
Fitzroy Bridge in fog
Customs House
Rockhampton Museum of Art
New CBD under development
(From left to right)
Criterion Hotel with view down historic Quay street
Rockhampton Supreme Court, Fitzroy Bridge in fog
Customs House, Rockhampton Museum of Art,
New CBD under development
Rockhampton is located in Queensland
Coordinates23°22′41″S 150°30′49″E / 23.3781°S 150.5136°E / -23.3781; 150.5136 (Rockhampton (city centre))
Population79,967 (2021)[1] (22nd)
 • Density137.9/km2 (357/sq mi)
Postcode(s)4700, 4701, 4702
Elevation11.3 m (37 ft)
Area580 km2 (223.9 sq mi)[1] (2011 urban)
Time zoneAEST (UTC+10)
LGA(s)Rockhampton Region
RegionCentral Queensland
State electorate(s)
Federal division(s)Capricornia
Mean max temp Mean min temp Annual rainfall
28.3 °C
83 °F
16.6 °C
62 °F
795.0 mm
31.3 in

Rockhampton was flooded during the 2010-2011 Queensland floods and was completely cut off.[5] Road, rail and the airport were covered in water.

References change

  1. 1.0 1.1 "2011 Census Community Profiles: Rockhampton". ABS Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Archived from the original on 12 April 2018. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  2. "Capricorn Region". Retrieved 23 January 2011.[permanent dead link]
  3. "Alexander Sinclair Shiels, Mayor of Mackay 1872". Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "The City of Rockhampton". Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.
  5. "Floods completely cut off Rockhampton". Archived from the original on 6 January 2011. Retrieved 23 January 2011.