Central West Queensland is known for its wide open skies and breathtaking landscapes. It is an inland region of the state running west of Rockhampton and extending to the Northern Territory border. This region includes the Simpson Desert and six other national park areas.


With a warm dry climate, Central West Queensland has a strong mining and resources industry and a thriving agricultural industry.

The region is serviced by:

  • major highways
  • a long-distance passenger rail service from Brisbane to Longreach
  • and six airports at Longreach, Winton, Windorah, Barcaldine, Aramac and Blackall.

Major projects

  • Carmichael coal mine – Adani Mining Ltd
  • China First (Galilee Coal Project) (open cut and underground), Waratah Coal Pty Ltd – new project
  • Sealing and upgrade of sections of the Outback Way
  • South Galilee (open cut and underground), AMCI, Bandanna Energy

Regional strengths

Food and Agriculture

The Central West is home to a multi-million dollar agriculture industry that includes beef, cotton, grain, and fruit production. The sector contributes nearly one-quarter of the state’s total exports, and is part of Queensland’s A$13 billion primary industry sector.

The beef industry is the region’s dominant agricultural industry and is a significant contributor to local economies as well as Queensland’s exports.

Continued expansion of the agriculture industry will see an increased demand for the development of education, training and infrastructure projects. Opportunities also exist for foreign direct investment into the region to add further value to the sector.

Mining and Resources

The mining and resource sector is a large part of the region’s export industry and is home to a large portion of the world’s lead and zinc resources, as well as large reserves in silver, copper and gold.

Encompassing the Bowen and Galilee Basins and the North West Queensland minerals province, the region is home to some of the world’s richest coal, gas and base metal resources.

Opportunities exist for foreign direct investment to add further value to the sector and help develop new activities and expansion of the mineral corridor.