Not many cities can spruik affordable living, urban advantages, river and mountain views, a cruisy thirty-minute car-ride to the coast or a crazily convenient 5 minute commutes to work! Find the work, life, play balance you’ve been searching for in the Rockhampton Region.
Sport, Recreation, Parks and gardens
you can’t ask for much more!
Walk, run, ride or drive yourself to memories and experiences in our open spaces, hidden treasures and scenic views. Spot the people catching a barramundi in the Fitzroy River as you jog along Quay Street, test your calf muscles by cycling up Mount Archer or unwind with an afternoon walk along Frenchville Road.
A exercise class is also not far away in Rockhampton Region. With gyms and fitness centres and personal trainers running customised workouts changing on the daily, you’re fitness needs will be met. Box, crossfit, step, pilate, combat, spin, zumba and yoga your way to optimal health here.
Don’t do gym? No worries, there’s always a jersey out there for you in hockey, soccer, touch football, rugby league, union, swimming and netball with fixtures and competitions for young and old. From kindy sports to archery the region has the clubs and associations to fulfil your sporting desires.
You can make a splash at the pool, waterpark or dams, or hop in a boat and cruise down the Fitzroy to find your own secret hot spot. It’s easy to enjoy the best that Rockhampton’s backyard has to offer when it’s so close to your doorstop.
Family fun and adventure is also just around the corner. Plan a picnic at the Botanic Gardens and visit the chimps at the zoo while you’re there, make your Instagram friends jealous while you relax at No. 7 Dam in Mount Morgan, watch the kids rip it up at the Gracemere skate park or take a day trip driving through the dirt roads of Bouldercombe to spot the cattle.
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What’s on in the Region
The region will have you singing, dancing, performing and producing works of art in no time. Long running dance studios like Manderson’s Dance Centre, Vicky Davis and Capricorn Studio of Dance offer jazz, contemporary, ballet, tap, ballroom Latin and American classes for young and old. Step it up a level and enjoy local and international musicals, comedy, dance and performances at the Pilbeam Theatre in Rockhampton. Then you’re really only a stone’s throw away from the Rockhampton Art Gallery and the Walter Reid Cultural Centre (where all the local artists and art enthusiasts hang out!).
Big ticket events’, touring entertainment and local talent keeps the community busy throughout the year Get a taste of atmosphere at the Rockhampton River Festival, catch a big one at the Rocky Barra Bounty, feel the power of the engines race through your veins at the Speedway, have fun with the whole family at the Heritage Festival or stroll-around at one of the many local markets.
Food glorious food
Make no mi(steak) … There’s more to Rockhampton than just restaurants with beef! There are plenty of opportunities to become a regular at one of the CBD cafes and restaurants with a full range dining experiences to choose from. Otherwise break out and find your local haunt – with Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese hidden in pockets of suburbia. But….it would be a crime to not secretly enjoy an eye fillet, while watching eight thrilling seconds of bull riding action at one of the only hotels in Australia that has rodeo arena. There’s enough pie to go round in the region!
Confessions of a shopaholic
Find yourself picking up just what you’ve been looking for without the hassle of paid parking, long walks and crowded malls!
Convenience and availability is on offer!
Stockland Rockhampton on Yaamba Road is the largest shopping centre in the region with 14 major retailers including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Harris Scarfe and Kmart, over 195 specialty stores, a six screen cinema complex, off site restaurants and an expansive food court area including an alfresco dining terrace. The CBD and Suburbs like Allenstown harbour some sensational boutique shopping options with designer fashion, homeware, collectables and antiques up for grabs. Red Hill Homemakers Centre houses a heap of major national outlets and with a newly established IKEA Depot stationed in Rockhampton offering a click and collect service there are ample opportunities to furnish and maintain an enviable lifestyle. And it doesn’t matter where you live, you won’t be far from a Woolworths, Coles, IGA, Spar or grocery shop to pick up some milk for the cup of tea in the morning.
History Hunger pains
Would you get goosebumps to hear that there are ghosts in the old hospital at the Rockhampton Heritage Village or cry by the step of the Archer Park Rail Museum reading the stories of war time love and tragedy? The region’s history is scattered and intriguing, just like sapphires in the earth! Between yarns about the Mount Morgan’s gold mine, tales of trade and customs in Rockhampton City to dreamtime stories of the Darumbal people you will surely get cur the hunger of your history ache.
Your health in safe hands
With over 25 medical centres offering a mix of bulk billing and private practitioners throughout the Rockhampton Region as well as a 24 hour house call doctor service, you can be assured of the best general practice care for you and your family.
Both public and private hospitals offers a comprehensive range of specialist treatments from cardiac services to Gastroenterology, Paediatrics to Orthopaedic and anything Obstetrics and Gynaecology. A vast selection of Allied health services are also available in our area offering professional treatment in Physiotherapy, Podiatry, Speech Pathology, Psychiatry, Dietetics and more. With the choice of both public and private practitioners you will be sure to find someone to partner with for optimal health and wellbeing.
Book a flight – YOLO
And for those times when you get FOMO, the Rockhampton’s Airport facilitates flights from Qantas, Virgin and Jetgo with daily flights to and from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns. And to earn those dollars for your trip know that Rockhampton Region is perfectly positioned as being a drive-in, drive-out base for accessing employment opportunities in the Bowen Basin and Central Highlands.
With an airport to bring together family and friends, perfect weather with more than 300 days of sunlight each year and a balanced package of affordable and enjoyable living opportunities, we might have just found just the place for you.