|CAPRICORN REGION - QUEENSLAND|
Botanic Gardens in Rockhampton
Overlooking Yeppoon on the coast
Railway station at Emerald
Main towns in this Region
The Capricorn Region takes its name from the Tropic of Capricorn which passes through Rockhampton,
the major city of the area, located on the Fitzroy River. It is near several main islands of the Great Barrier
Reef and is a large beef and sugar producing area. |
There are three distinct regions. The Capricorn Coast, north and south of Yeppoon, with offshore islands offering pristine beaches, tours, cruises, and resort accommodation along the Great Barrier Reef. Inland towns and communities offering charm and scenery, and steeped in history, with national parks, rainforests and bushwalking.
Across the region are wildlife sanctuaries, a marina, a crocodile farm, botanic gardens and much more to see and explore.
Early settlement of the region was slow until the discovery of gold in 1882 at Mount Morgan, about 20 kilometres south of Rockhampton. A Municipal Borough was proclaimed there on 22 May 1890, and a bridge across the Fitzroy River was built in 1882, further expanding the size of the town.
Rockhampton is a popular stopover on the long drive between Brisbane and Cairns and has much to offer the traveller, with 5 star resorts, motels, hotels and caravan parks. There is always something to suit your needs or budget. See the individual town information below for more details.
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