The Fitzroy region covers an area of nearly 300, 000 square kilometres, nearly 10 per cent of the total area of Queensland, and supports a population of approximately 187, 916 people. The major centres of this region are Rockhampton and Gladstone, but the region extends further inland to encapsulate the hinterland areas that are located west. This region's landscape varies from rugged ranges and alluvial plains in the north to hilly terrain with lowlands and plains in the south. Add to Description →
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Rockhampton, or ‘Rocky’ as locals like to fondly call it, is a small city, located in Central Queensland, within the region of Fitzroy, Australia. Located approximately 42 kilometres inland from the Capricorn coast on the Bruce Highway, this city is often referred to as the “Beef Capital of Australia?, holding a Beef Expo triennially. The beef industry is Rockhampton's major contributor to its economy; however the tourism industry has also begun to grow, tourists often enjoying a stop over in the Beef Capital before moving south to Brisbane.
Tourist attractions within the town of Rockhampton include the Rockhampton Art Gallery collection, which consists of Australian artwork from the 1940s to the 1970s; the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, home to many tropical flora and fauna and the Kershaw Gardens, which mostly specializes in showcasing Australian native plants.
The other major centre of the Fitzroy region is the town of Gladstone. Gladstone is an industrial port city, located on the coast of Queensland, Australia, with a population of approximately 28, 500. Gladstone is a quiet town, offering tourists a place to relax with its many parklands, family barbeque areas and picnic areas. Barney Point, Spinnaker Park, and Lake Awoonga have large recreation areas for families and tourists alike. Boyne Island and Tannum Sands have also grown in popularity in recent years, attracting people because of its beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle.
The town of Gladstone has also been dubbed the "Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef"?, as it has access to Heron Island and other islands from the marina, which can be best viewed through aerial photographs. These islands have also helped with Gladstone's economy, with its local industry being mainly industrial-based. Commerce is mostly through large-scale industrial plants including alumina refineries, aluminum smelting, heavy chemicals and shale oil.