The Central Queensland region encompasses the beautiful Capricorn Coast – the coastal strip between Yeppoon and Emu Park, with the majority of population located close to the regional centres of Rockhampton and Gladstone. Rockhampton is labelled as Australia’s ‘beef capital’, while Gladstone is a gateway to picturesque islands and reef.

Central Queensland offers an enviable tropical climate with access to islands, waterways, national parks, and beaches providing all year round boating and recreational activities.

Study Central Queensland

There are a number of quality primary and secondary schools located in Central Queensland. CQUniversity (CQU) is based in Townsville, Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Mackay, Noosa, Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Gladstone. The university’s largest campus is in Rockhampton, based in a natural setting. The campuses offer high-tech digital and teaching infrastructure, in addition to support services, such as accommodation, for international students.

For Vocational Education and Training (VET), TAFE Queensland North offers industry-relevant courses in art, hospitality and cookery, engineering, process manufacturing and utilities, business, finance, retail and more, with campuses in Gladstone and Rockhampton.

Top things to do in Central Queensland

Gladstone offers a pleasant lifestyle, with access to magnificent island hideaways and also botanical gardens that feature native plants and fauna. Students and visitors in Rockhampton can enjoy a range of adventure activities, in addition to the various arts, music and dance festivals throughout the year.

With a thriving nightlife, Rockhampton presents a range of culinary options offering fresh food for all budgets and tastes, and offers one of the best steaks in Australia. Gladstone also offers an array of restaurants, cafés and bars with local and international cuisine menu options – with an amazing coastal view at some venues.

Both cities have a range of local theatres, entertainment venues, shopping centres and markets for visitors and students to enjoy.