Coastal Central Queensland


​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The geographic area of coastal Central Queensland consists of Mackay, Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Gladstone and surrounding areas. We’ve compiled some information below to help you decide where you might like to teach in the region.

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Known as the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton is a booming regional town, the fourth largest in Queensland. As beef is one of the area’s primary industries, it will come as no surprise that you’ll find some of the best steak houses and restaurants in regional Queensland right here in Rockhampton, some with a backdrop of the Fitzroy River.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Rockhampton if you’re taking the family with you, including exploring the Capricorn Caves, the free botanic gardens and zoo, and the Kershaw Gardens Central Precinct. The gardens are a kilometre long and feature walking tracks, play areas and even a waterfall.

Take a 25-minute drive out of town to the Mt Archer National Park for a birds-eye view of Rockhampton and the Berserker Range and to learn more about the local Darumbal people. Just a 40-minute drive north-east, you'll find the coastal town of Yeppoon and access to the world-famous Great Keppel Island.

Find out more about living in Rockhampton from Rockhampton Regional Council.

Rockhampton fun fact

Rockhampton is proud of their reputation as the Beef Capital of Australia. So much so that there are six iconic bull statues throughout the city.


 Rockhampton photo gallery


Located a 40-minute drive from Rockhampton, Yeppoon is a surfing hotspot and the gateway to Great Keppel Island and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Its location on the Capricorn Coast means Yeppoon is well placed to provide you with access to premium produce, beef and seafood and there are a wide variety of restaurants and cafes to suit all preferences. Stroll along the esplanade to check out the many beach-chic boutiques, surf stores and street art murals that you’d expect to find in a coastal town.

Like Rockhampton, Yeppoon is a great place for singles, couples and families. The free infinity edge pool allows you to paddle in the shade of the water fountains, deep dive, or swim laps. It’s also the perfect place to relax and enjoy the view of the Keppel Islands after school and on weekends.

For a breath of rainforest air, explore Byfield National Park, a half-hour drive north of Yeppoon. There, you’ll be surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads, with plenty of places to camp, fish, swim, kayak and explore. For stunning views of the Keppel Bay islands and coastal hinterlands amongst dunes and old volcanic rock, visit the Capricorn Coast National Park.

 Yeppoon photo gallery


Gladstone will rate highly with anyone hoping to spend their weekends enjoying the sun, sand and snorkelling.

Referred to as a jewel of the Southern Great Barrier Reef, you’ll find crystal-clear water, perfect for snorkelling and swimming. Gladstone also provides direct access to Instagram-worthy Heron Island, Curtis Island and Wilson Island where you can swim with turtles, see tropical fish, kick-back with a good book and head home with beautiful memories.

For a change of scenery, head an hour-and-a-half south to relax in the coastal communities of 1770 and Agnes Water or drive south-west to explore the natural wonders of Kroombit Tops National Park. Cliffs, gorges, waterfalls, creeks, wild horses, birds, native animals and the remains of a WWII Liberator bomber are just some of what you’ll find here.

Gladstone is a very liveable location for teachers in Central Queensland.

Find out from Visit Gladstone why you should live in the area.

Gladstone fun fact

In 2004, one lucky local found a 1.17 kg gold nugget in a field, worth $63,814.

 Gladstone photo gallery

Last updated 14 May 2024