Rockhampton, or Rocky as the locals call it, is a city that was established in 1858. The current population is approximately 69.000. It is one of the largest cities between Brisbane and Cairns, located about 630 kilometers north of Brisbane and about 42 kilometers inland.
The city is seperated in two parts by the Fitzroy River which was originally used for shipping supplies to the city. The Fitzroy River Barrage now acts as an important water supply to the city. There are some nice old buildings left in the city, the oldest being the Supreme Court House which was built in 1888.
Rockhampton has it's own airport for internal flights in Australia. Once a year divisions of the Singapore army fly into Rockhampton (the runway s long enough for larger planes) for their training in Shoalwater Bay.
Rockhampton is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn and is known as the Beef Capital of Australia as just outside the town there is the largest beef cattle sale yards in the southern hemishpere.
Monuments of cows give awat that the locals are proud to be a beef capital.
With the Summer temperatures averaging 30-35 degrees with high humidity levels, the evening temperature is mostly between 20-25 degrees. Winter days will average between about 20-25 degress while the nights will be between 10-15.
In winter you can find colorful flowers and trees in bloom in the streets.