Central Queensland snapshot

380,000 km²
Key city/town
Local government
6 areas


Central Queensland has strengths in mining and gas, vocational and tertiary education, primary production, tourism, manufacturing, retail, and health services.

  • Key towns and cities – Rockhampton, Gladstone, Emerald, and Longreach
  • Mining strengths – 
    • Proximity to Australia’s largest coal reserves in Bowen and Galilee basins
    • Power stations producing almost half of Queensland’s energy
    • Hub for Queensland’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, including Central Queensland Gas Pipeline, a proposed 450km (280mi) high-pressure pipeline from Bowen Basin to Gladstone
  • Port of Gladstone – Queensland’s largest multi-commodity port, throughput of more than 124 million tonnes in 2018–19, led by coal and LNG
  • Biofuel and green hydrogen pilot projects in Gladstone
  • Australia’s beef capital of Rockhampton and major export abattoirs
  • Significant agricultural production, including major winter growing region

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