Rockhampton owes much of its past and present to the beef industry. The Big Bull statues that are scattered around town are a tribute to the city’s Beef Capital of Australia title. You can experience livestock sales for yourself at Gracemere Saleyards, on the outskirts of Rockhampton, which handle the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere.
Following the banks of the Fitzroy, the significant sandstone buildings are a visual testament to the heritage and tradition which have influenced Rockhampton’s development. Many fine public and private buildings, including the Customs House, old Post Office, Cathedrals, banks, business houses and homes, are constant reminders of the city with an exciting background. Gain further insight into Rockhampton’s historical roots and to head to the Rockhampton Heritage Village where the rich and colourful history of the district between 1850 and 1950 is showcased in a friendly, township museum.