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Rockhampton (or ‘Rocky’ as it is more commonly known) has a proud reputation as the ‘Beef Capital of Australia’. It is home to a wider population of over 100,000 people and more than 2 million cattle (that’s 20 cows per person) and is a popular jumping off point for exploring the outback. Wide streets and Victorian-era buildings reflect the town’s prosperity which is still evident today. Rockhampton is 650 kms from Brisbane and located 40 kms inland. Summers here are hotter than a barbeque grill.

Rockhampton restaurants

Stroll through the Botanical Gardens and park yourself under the enormous fig tree at the Gardens Tearooms for savoury homemade pancakes or scrambled eggs. Spencer Street, (07) 4922 4347.

The restaurant at the Leichhardt Hotel has smart cafe style seating and fresh, tasty meals. The flash fried calamari, dusted in lemon pepper and served with salad and aioli is perfect with a chilled glass of white wine. Cnr Denham & Bolsover Streets, (07) 4927 6733.

Bush Inn Bar & Grill serves first rate pub meals at a bargain price. Try the 1kg Maximum Rumpus if you dare. Cnr Quay & Fitzroy Street, (07) 4922 1225.

Restaurant 98 serves outstanding seafood, steaks and other meaty goodness. 98 Victoria Parade, (07) 4927 5322.

Thai Tanee offers an alternative to all things meat with crisp white linen and above average Thai meals. 80 Denham Street, (07) 4922 1255.

Rockhampton travel tips

The Tropic of Capricorn runs straight through heart of Rockhampton and is marked by a spire at the Capricorn Tourism Visitor Information Centre on Gladstone Road. No one can resist a tourist shot with The Spire. Quay Street is lined with elegant sandstone buildings and is Australia’s longest National Trust Heritage Street. Walk or drive along it at least once while you’re in town. The Fitzroy River, which flows through the centre of Rockhampton, is a top spot for catching barramundi.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.