Visiting the Beef Capital of Australia is not complete without a trip to the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange. These saleyards handle the largest quantity of export beef cattle in Queensland. Sales are held regularly and nothing will quite prepare you for the sea of cattle on show! Take in the sights and sounds (and smells I’m sure) with a sneak peek into the industry that put our region on the map worldwide.

Gain insight into our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage with a trip to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Witness the diverse beating cultural heart of our city through one of the guided tours on offer at the centre. The Torres Strait Islander’s Complex includes huts, the giant dugong and plants particular to the region, with the the Aboriginal Traditional area complete with a replica burial site, rock art, gunyahs and traditional ceremonial sites of the Darambal people. The combination of these two distinct cultures within the one complex provides the Dreamtime Cultural Centre with a very unique appeal.

For a taste of gold old fashion country entertainment and southern hospitality head to The Great Western Hotel for a live rodeo! At over 130 years old the hotel building has stood the test of time, and with little imagination you can envisage a row of horses tied up out the front waiting for their owners to be ready for home time instead of the 4WDs that line the street now. Head outback to the 2000 seat arena and join the other spectators cheering and holding their breath as they watch each rider hold desperately to the single rope for those drawn out 7 seconds.

For modern Australian history buffs, visit the historic Mount Morgan Township. The town offers an ideal opportunity to delve into the area’s early successes and discover its fascinating past! Through impressive attractions, museums and tours of the town relive its importance in shaping Australia’s gold mining history.

Book a TMC tour – described on Trip Advisor as one of the best tours in Australia!

Local Tip

Follow on the history lesson with a visit to the Heritage Village. Step back in time at this friendly township museum which showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district 1850 – 1950. Every second month, The Rockhampton Heritage Village Markets bring the village to life with over 120 stall holders and displays.  As you wander around you are offered the opportunity to try a range of transport options including horses and ponies, a horse and cart, a vintage double decker bus, vintage fire engine and several other vintage vehicles.  There is a range of amazing heritage exhibitions to see including a hall of clocks, a room full of old dolls, a timber cutters camp with some great examples of early tools, a blacksmith shop, homesteads and cottages, lots of vintage machinery and some great engines.