Life in Rockhampton
Life in Rockhampton
Welcome to Rockhampton. We know you are going to love living in Rockhampton and have a great time if you are passing through.
Is Rockhampton a good place to live?
Yes, Rockhampton is a great place to live or visit. Below our guide to Rockhampton will give you all the information you need to make moving here easier or make your trip a more informed and enjoyable one.
Visas required to live in Rockhampton
If you happen to be a citizen from a country other than Australia and are looking to move to Rockhampton, you are going to need a visa to do so. Australia has many visas on offer that could allow you to live and work in Rockhampton. Due to there being many different visas, each with it’s own rights and obligations, it is best to take our Free Visa Assessment so we can provide accurate advice on the visa options available to you in your specific circumstances.
If you are moving to Rockhampton and want to find a job in Rockhampton we have a guide specifically on how to find and apply for jobs in Rockhampton for new arrivals. Always make sure you have secured a visa that allows you to work before starting your new job.
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Rockhampton is a city in the Rockhampton Region of Central Queensland, Australia. The population of Rockhampton in June 2018 was 78,592, making it the fourth-largest city in the state outside of the cities of South East Queensland, and the 22nd-largest city in Australia. Today, Rockhampton is an industrial and agricultural centre of the north, and is the regional centre of Central Queensland.
Rockhampton is one of the oldest cities in Queensland and in Northern Australia. In 1853, Charles and William Archer came across the Toonooba river, which is now also known as the Fitzroy River, which they claimed in honour of Sir Charles FitzRoy. The Archer brothers took up a run near Gracemere in 1855, and more settlers arrived soon after, enticed by the fertile valleys. The town of Rockhampton was proclaimed in 1858, and surveyed by William Henry Standish, Arthur F Wood and Francis Clarke, the chosen street design closely resembled the Hoddle Grid in Melbourne and consisted of a grid of wide boulevards and laneways, which was uncommon in Queensland. Within the year, gold was found at Canoona, and led to the first North Australian gold rush. This led to an influx of migrants who quickly transformed Rockhampton into the second-largest port in the state; during this period, Rockhampton was nicknamed as the “City of the Three S’s”, of which were “Sin, Sweat, and Sorrow”. Subsequent gold rushes at Mount Morgan Mine, which was at the time one of the most productive gold mines in the world, laid the foundations for much of the city’s Victorian architecture.
The city is noted for its Queenslander architecture, especially in the areas of Allenstown and the Range. Rockhampton is also a large tourist destination known for its history and culture supporting such institutions as the Rockhampton Art Gallery, one of the most extensive regional galleries in Australia, the Central Queensland University with campuses across five states, the Rockhampton Heritage Village, and Dreamtime Cultural Centre. It is also famous as the hometown of Rod Laver – one of the best tennis players in history. The city is served by the Rockhampton Airport and acts as a gateway to local tourist locations such as the Capricorn Caves and Mount Archer National Park, as well as regional tourist areas including the historic town of Mount Morgan, Yeppoon and the Capricorn Coast, alongside the island chains offshore that include Great Keppel Island.
Hotels and Accommodation in Rockhampton
There are all types of accommodation available in Rockhampton. The best place to find Hotels, serviced apartments or holiday lets is via Book Direct and Save Bookdirectandsave.com
This website lists the exact same properties as Airbnb and booking.com but does not charge the high commissions so their nightly accommodation rates are cheaper.
Or contact any of these great local hotels, apartments or holiday accommodation businesses.
Rockhampton is full of great businesses and helpful services. Below are a selection of our best.
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Doctors and Medical clinics in Rockhampton
You can make an appointment at any of these local doctors or clinics.
Contact one of the Rockhampton Electricians below
Hospitals in Rockhampton
Mechanics in Rockhampton
Newspapers in Rockhampton
Pest Control in Rockhampton
Plumbers in Rockhampton
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Schools in Rockhampton
Solicitors in Rockhampton
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Vets in Rockhampton
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