Explore the “Beef Capital of Australia”

Less than 100 km

Rockhampton | Rockhampton

Leichhardt Highway Australia's Country Way

Rockhampton is the Beef Capital of Australia. With a long history of beef production, two major abattoirs and 10 Bull statues in key locations across the city this tour will give you the opportunity to pull on your cowboy boots, channel your inner jackaroo and who knows maybe even ride a bull!

Rockhampton to The Caves

Rockhampton to Rockhampton 25.9 KM | 29 min

When you arrive in Rockhampton you will see the history of being the Beef Capital of Australia alive. Throughout the whole town you will be able to discover Rockhampton’s wonderful world of Bull Statutes. 

Pick up a bit of bull breed 101 with a map available at the Capricorn SPIRE Visitor Information Centre on Gladstone Road and have some fun with Rockhampton’s beef industry icons.


Rockhampton to CQLX

Rockhampton to CQLX 12.3 KM | 14 min

Travel along the Capricorn Highway to a unique and unusual experience of the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange.

CQLX ranks as one of the major selling centres in Australia. Take a guided tour through-out the facility, and learn about how cattle get sold at auction, what makes great meat and how these majestic animals are keeping Rockhampton as the Beef Capital of Australia. CQLX has a number of cattle auctions happening through out the year, and experiencing one of these is a must do for the Rockhampton Region. Check out their website for more details.



CQLX to Great Western Hotel

CQLX to Great Western Hotel 11.6KMS | 12 Mins

After visiting CQLX, finish the cycle of life with the end product on your plate.

The Great Western Hotel is a true icon for Rockhampton. Established in 1862 it is rich in history and true blue cowboy experience. With an old school saloon area and bar, this hotel features an indoor rodeo area! You can eat your steak on the rim of this area and even try your hand riding your own bull – mechanical that is.

Established in 1862, Rockhampton’s iconic Great Western Hotel has a rich history. Not only as a Hotel and award winning Steakhouse, but also an entertainment venue. Renowned for bringing thrilling events such as rodeos, professional bull riding and bull fighting as well as indoor moto x and headline music acts to Central Queensland.

Great Western Hotel to Cowboy Shopping

Great Western Hotel to Cowboy Shopping 2kms

Rockhampton has a number of places to deck you out in your cowboy gear.

Georges (William Street, Rockhampton) is one of Central Queensland’s historic establishments and famous for a unique range of quality clothing that fits in well with being a cowboy.

Visit Mavericks Western Wear (161 Canning Street, Rockhampton)– the place to get dressed western and buy western gifts and homewares.

The spend some time exploring one of the oldest department stores in Queensland at Stewarts (Cnr Denham and East Street, Rockhampton). While you’re on East Street spend the time strolling through the CBD and check out the rest of the boutique shops available.