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Travel Guide Oceania Australia Queensland Rockhampton

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Introduction

@ a billabong, nr Rockhampton

@ a billabong, nr Rockhampton

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Rockhampton has a real authentic feel to it - it's a farming town and makes no apology for it. There are some attractions here, including the very attractive Rockhampton Botanic Gardens with its own mini conservation zoo, and the Rockhampton Art Gallery. Make no mistake though - the finest thing about Rockhampton is the quality of its steak.

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Sights and Activities

If exploring the water of the Pacific Ocean is your thing, North Rockhampton will undoubtedly provide the experience. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving available in Rockhampton is amongst some of the best in the world.

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Weather

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max32.4 °C31.8 °C31 °C28.9 °C26.3 °C23.7 °C23.3 °C24.9 °C27.9 °C29.9 °C31 °C32.3 °C
Avg Min22.5 °C22.5 °C20.9 °C18.5 °C15 °C11.5 °C10.3 °C11.3 °C14.3 °C17.6 °C19.8 °C21.7 °C
Rainfall78.2 mm109.7 mm78.7 mm55.1 mm52.2 mm42 mm25 mm31.7 mm26.9 mm51.8 mm70.4 mm119.3 mm
Rain Days10.210.98.27.36.25.44.344.16.37.89.1

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Getting There

By Train

Several trains travel to and from Rockhampton:

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Sleep

One atmospheric and reasonably priced place to stay (and to sample the steak) is the Criterion Hotel, built in a Queensland style in 1889. If you're staying on a weekend, ask for a room that isn't above the bar!

Budget

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Downtown Backpackers91 East Street Rockhampton, 4700Hostel-
Emus Beach Resort92 Pattison Street Emu ParkHostel-
Rockhampton Backpackers YHA60 macfarlane street north rockhamptonHOSTEL77

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet cafés are very common in the larger Australian cities and popular tourist destinations. However, once you leave the major population centres, you might have trouble finding somewhere to log on. Free wifi is getting more and more common (either with or without a code) in places like restaurants, some bars and coffee places and hotels. Sometimes a fee is required.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

Australia is on a GSM 900/1800 network, so if you have an unlocked phone that works on those frequencies, you will be able to buy a prepaid SIM-card and stick into your phone when you're in Australia. You will receive a new Australian phone number with the SIM-card.

To dial out of Australia use the prefix 0011, followed by the calling code of the country you are trying to reach, followed by the area code of the city/town (without the 0!) and finally the phone number.

Within Australia, it is necessary to add an area code to the phone numbers if you are calling from outside the area. Below are Australia's area codes:

  • 02 - New South Wales & Australian Capital Territory (Sydney, Canberra)
  • 03 - Victoria & Tasmania (Melbourne, Hobart)
  • 07 - Queensland (Brisbane)
  • 08 - Western Australia, South Australia & Northern Territory (Perth, Adelaide, Darwin)

000 is the emergency telephone number in Australia, but the international GSM mobile emergency telephone number 112 also works on mobile phones.

Post

Australia Post is the government's postal service. Most suburbs will have at least one post office. Opening times are mostly from around 8:00 or 9:00am to 5:00pm though larger ones keep longer hours sometimes. A standard letter or postcard sent within Australia will cost $0.60. Internationally, it costs $1.70 to send postcards anywhere in the world. Letters cost $1.85 to send within the Asia Pacific region and $2.60 to anywhere else in the world.[1]. It is also possible to send things as parcels or by express mail. You can also use use private courier companies like TNT, UPS or DHL as they are competitive and reliable.

References

  1. 1 Australia Post. Sourced 10 May 2013

Quick Facts

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: -23.378941
  • Longitude: 150.512323

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