Rockhampton lies along the Fitzroy River, just 30 minutes from the Capricorn Coast. It serves as a base of operations for many of the government, community and business organisations in Central Queensland. Rockhampton is also home to a thriving beef industry to which it owes much of its fortunes.
It is regularly accessed by residents of Emerald, Blackwater, Longreach, Yeppoon, Gracemere and Gladstone. Rockhampton also acts as an overnight stop for tourists exploring the region.