Central Queensland Holidays
Central Queensland is a region that stretches from the cattle country north of Rockhampton to the sugar fields south of Bundaberg. It offers access to the central and southern Barrier Reef islands of Great Keppel, Heron, Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot.
The inland terrain is mostly low ranges and sparsely timbered grasslands, well suited to a flourishing cattle industry. The other major business activity in the region is coal mining.
Holiday activities in this area involve cruising and sailing, sport fishing, diving and snorkeling, loggerhead turtle rookery at Mon Repos (early Nov to late Feb) and golf courses. It is also the home of the famous Bundaberg (Bundy) rum which is produced in Bundaberg.
Places of Interest - Central Queensland
Rockhampton - major town of central Queensland and is known as the Beef Capital of Australia. The city serves as a jumping off point for destinations in the area. There is a Dreamtime aboriginal culture centre and a crocodile breeding farm at Koorana. It is major transit centre for road and rail services throughout Queensland.
Gladstone - Queensland's premier port facility a very busy export centre. The town services the nearby coastal centres of Tannum Sands and Seventeen Seventy which was a landing point of Capt James Cook in his historic voyage of 1770. Lake Awoonga is popular for fishing and birdlife. Nearby Boyne Island is the site of a large alumina smelter and offers an impressive boat marina.
Bundaberg - the heart of the southern sugar country and famous for its rum and nearby Hervey Bay, centre of Australia's whale watching industry. The Mon Repos turtle rookery is nearby. The town has memorial to the aviator Bert Hinkler, one of its favoutite sons. For a trip back in time, there is Schmeiders Cooperage and Craft centre.
The Inland Area - a place of imposing sandstone cliffs and aboriginal art in the Carnavon Range, a gemstone park at Mt Hay, the largest known sapphire fields in Australia at Emerald, Sapphire and Rubyvale. There is a gold mining museum at Mt Morgan, the imporessive Olsens Caverns and hiking trails through Kroombit National Park.
The Burnett Circle - an enjoyable tour that takes in Childers, the Cania Gorge at Monto, the Mt Walsh and Auburn River National Parks plus historic complexes at Gayndah and Eidsvold.