Central Queensland

Central Queensland Area Information

Central Queensland, also known as Capricornia, is an area encompassing Rockhampton, the Capricorn Coast, the Central Highlands and Emerald, Mackay and Gladstone. This area encompasses 21.2% of the total area of Queensland. The Rockhampton/Yeppoon Region has an average daily temperature range of 14.6° C to 28.5° C and on average receives 628mm of rainfall each year.

Area Growth & Statistical Information


This region is of economic importance to Queensland as it identifies with and contributes to the economy through the areas of tourism, construction, resources and agriculture. For detailed area information view the Queensland Government Statistician – click here.

The main industries consist of Primary Industry, Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing, Mining, Oil and Gas. The area includes the Bowen Basin, a major coal producing region. Rockhampton is the business hub of the Capricorn Region and lies approximately 600 kilometres north of Brisbane and services a combined population of approximately 150,000, providing Queensland with its sixth largest city. “Rocky” sits astride Queensland’s largest river, the Fitzroy, and is known as the beef capital of Australia with, on average, a regional cattle population of up to three and a half million head per season.

Central Queensland is an important grain growing region producing almost one quarter of all Queensland cereal grain with large tracts of broad acre cropping as well as deciduous fruits, citrus and grapes. Crops grown along the coast include pineapples, paw-paws, bananas, custard apples, and other fruit and vegetables for the local and southern markets. The region also has large pine forests, producing timber for local mills.

Tourism is an important and diverse industry sector which is set to be boosted with a $600 million investment over a 12 year planned development into the revitalisation of Great Keppel Island. The island is accessible from Rosslyn Bay near Yeppoon and is situated 15km off the Capricorn Coast. Upon completion the Island will offer a hotel, villas, apartments, and an 18 hole golf course being designed by Greg Norman.

Area Lifestyle & Leisure

Off the Capricorn Coast lies a group of 18 islands. These idyllic islands are part of the southern Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, which stretches from just north of Baffle Creek (north of Bundaberg) to Cape York. Many islands are surrounded by pockets of reef close to beautiful white sandy beaches. To discover more about Yeppoon and the surrounding towns click here.

This region has 62 parks to visit and there is plenty for residents and visitors to explore with leisure activities including; camping, hiking, fishing, 4 wheel drives, horse trials, and bird watching. Find challenges and thrills, tranquility and relaxation, the unique and the exotic, all in Queensland’s national parks. To find out more about a specific park or forest browse the find a park or forest web page.

Visit Great Keppel Island Beaches, they are stunning and fringed with reefs in close proximity for snorkelling.

To the west of this region you can visit dinosaur sites in Winton, Central West Queensland, then visit the Central Highlands which encompass the Sapphire fields of Anakie, Sapphire, Rubyvale, The Willows, along with the stunningly beautiful Carnarvon Gorge with its dramatic landscapes, ecological diversity, significant cultural locations, and permanent water supply.

Closer to home you can explore the above-ground Capricorn Caves, remanent of a tumultuous period in the geological story of the Earth and further shaped by natural forces, or soak up the sun on one of the many beaches along the Central Queensland coast line.

Demographics; Populations & Residential Sales

Demographic predictions for population growth to June 2031, in the region are projected to be 596,201 persons, an increase of 53.49 per cent from the population consensus of 30 June 2012, or stated another way, a 2.1 per cent average growth rate per annum over the next 20 years. In comparison, the population for Queensland is projected to increase by an average annual growth rate of 1.8 per cent over the same period. The majority of the Rockhampton Region age group (67.6 per cent) fall into the working-age between 15 to 64 years. The Rockhampton Region in March quarter 2013 had a relatively low unemployment of 4.2 per cent. In comparison, Queensland had a smoothed unemployment rate of 5.8 per cent. Mining is the largest industry of employment for Rockhampton Region usual residents, with 11.2 per cent of the employed labour force. Other industries with relatively large numbers of employed persons included Construction 9.6 per cent and Retail Trade 9.5 per cent.

In the twelve month period to 31 December 2012, a total of 9,021 residential sales were concluded in the region. At the time of the 2011 Census, Rockhampton Region had 125,454 occupied private dwellings. Of these private dwellings, 109,561 were separate houses, 4,524 were semi-detached and 8,199 were apartments. Separate houses represented 87.3 per cent of total occupied private dwellings in the region, compared with 78.5 per cent for Queensland. The total number of residential dwelling sales in Rockhampton Region made up 9.5 per cent of total residential dwelling sales in Queensland.