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Gateway to the southern parts of the world famous Great Barrier Reef, Rockhampton is one of Queensland's oldest cities and renowned for its immense natural beauty. There are few places on earth which boast a thriving city centre with heritage buildings, beautiful parks and access to the world's largest coral reef.
One of Queensland's most accessible tourist hubs, getting to Rockhampton is easy. Rockhampton Airport lies to the west of the city and is served by direct flights from Sydney, Brisbane and Townsville. Many visitors also arrive via the sealed road which travels north from Brisbane through to Cairns.
Rockhampton accommodation ranges from comfortable motels to international chain hotels, and can suit a range of different budgets, tastes and preferences.
One of the Queensland's oldest cities, established in 1855, Rockhampton was the site of several gold discoveries during the late 1800s and its city streets tell many stories of northern Australia's history.
For a taste of the region's origins, visit Rockhampton Heritage Village, a friendly township which showcases the city's colourful history and beautiful heritage architecture dating back to 1850.
Rockhampton Zoo is another one of the city's main attractions, located just next to the Botanic Gardens. Home to a huge range of Australian wildlife, expect to encounter kangaroos, koalas, wallabies, wombats and many species of Australian birdlife.
The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, recently heritage listed, are widely considered the best provincial gardens in Australia and it's easy to see why. You'll be charmed by the Japanese gardens and fascinating species of palms, cycads and ferns clustered throughout the beautifully arranged and perfectly manicured grounds.
To gain a better cultural understanding of the region and its deep historical significance, 7km from the city is the Dreamtime Cultural Centre with a display of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island heritage in the area. Featuring sandstone displays which trace back the archaeology and mythology of the indigenous population, this is one of Queensland's most important heritage centres.
Another point of interest is the nearby Mount Etna Caves National Park, containing some of the most cavernous limestone formations and pristine rainforest areas in Australia. The limestone area is known for the large populations of bats which call the caves home.
Step foot in one of Queensland's most historic cities. Book yourself Rockhampton accommodation and stay right on the doorstep of the remarkable Great Barrier Reef.