9.0 out of 10

Rockhampton City

-23.3815073142829 150.510048550309
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2/5
2yrs+

"hot, dry and got crocs"

Rocky, as it's known to the locals, is famous for bulls. Big bulls. Tasty bulls and cutting the balls off bulls. That's right, it's an interesting signifier of a town that just can't keep its balls on. Local kids find it hilarious to cut off the testicles of the towns iconic giant bull. Cows are pretty much the best part of Rockhampton, unless you like crocodiles in your swimming holes or heat so all invading that you start to actually want to go swimming in them. You may have picked up that I'm not a fan of Rockhampton. I find the community lacking in spirit and the cultural scene non-existent. I do however recommend a nice drive, straight out of town.
azza2424
azza2424 ready09 needs to get out of the motel room or take more than5 steps away from its car.. Yes rocky has its nut stealing teens hey if the bulls balls where stil hangin i'd be try to cut a set off for myself too.! Rocky is the heart to all surrounding towns places like yeppoon down to emu park plenty of beaches and space..You have the mnt archer walks, barra fishin in the river yes a chance to see a croc only about 8km downriver and stil your lucky to see them.. Rocky has plenty of sports clubs, bars and nite clubs..As for the hard comments made by some over rockys culture and communtiy spirit those judgements can not be made by one who visits for a few days.. Once you've lived there you find out why so many ppl call rocky home..
2yrs+
Masterpeace
Masterpeace Ready09, I'm so glad you don't live in Rockhampton. The rest of us would have to move.
2yrs+
totoncorner
totoncorner Rockhampton 2012 is slightly better than 2009. Crocs never seen one. I think the riverside and East st and Bolsover st are neglected and so much more could been done. however having said that the muticultural fair was held down o the river bank. I do live here and but not a local. many good points but consideration and care for others doesn't seem to be one of them. I really feel that culture is nearly non-existent but again it is coming along. Generally clean very clean in fact, plenty of parks and not far from the coast. We could do with some better pubs rather the spit and sawdust type but things are getting better. Schools many to choose from so if you have children a good, town to be in. My biggest beef about Rocky the bus service and generally the drivers are rubbish! How can we be a City when the buses do not operate at the weekend ie for markets. swimming pool etc. No buses after 5pm this is what makes this place a hick town. how do the poorer families or young people get to the bowling alley for an eg? Many complaints about young people but we keep holding them back.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Perhaps best rental returns in Australia for capital outlay!"

Where else in Australia can you buy property at such amazingly low prices?
Rocky hasn't caught up to the rest of Australia as far as property prices go. Flooding was an issue in the past for Rockhampton locals but since the Barrage was put in there has not been a problem since. Even the massive rainfalls of late have not broken the river banks. Rocky has massive wide streets and traffic is never a problem driving across town. Beautiful old buildings exist throughout the city centre. Enjoy Australia's best steaks at the famous Criterion Hotel, on the River front. Rocky is Australia's Beef Capital. With the meat industry always growing and Universities and shopping centres springing up you know you are investing in a solid historical Australian town. Rental returns are among the best in Australia and rental occupancy has always been high. Notice how in all big cities what was once the cheap, undesirable inner city properties became the mega expensive trendy areas?
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Secure and Friendly Rocky"

Rockhampton is a great place with plenty to do. Features such as the Botanic Gardens and the Art Gallery are world class - certainly the best of any regional centre in Australia. It is a short drive to really nice quiet beaches, or up to the ultra scenic picnic area at the top of Mt Archer. Historic Quay St is really beautiful to walk along and the parklands that border the Fitzroy River, have play areas and free barbecues. The Stocklands shopping centre is huge. There are plenty of sporting facilities and and Aquatic theme park. There are large bulk billing medical practices that are really professional. The Heritage Village is an amazing setup with working and interactive displays of the pioneer days. I could easily spend a day there any time. They have markets there which are also great, and an annual multi-cultural fair which is very well attended and celebrated. There are walking tracks winding through many of the leafy suburbs and the council has plans to expand them. Certainly, already there are many beautiful and scenic places to go walking. The pace is not break neck like in capital cities, and that how we like it. Lower stress levels and more time with family and friends. Rocky has about 80,000 people in the immediate region. It doesn't feel crowded, but at the same time, it's not too spread out. I live in a home in a very quiet area bordering national park, but am 5 minutes from the main shopping centre, 13 minutes from the largest hospital and 15 minutes from the airport. Public Transport is ok, but not that widely adopted because most things are pretty close. So many of the people here are friendly and happy. You can make eye contact with strangers and get a smile when walking down the street. Rockhampton has even won international awards and recognition for liveability. Importantly for this site, Real Estate here is a very good investment. I have made a bucket load of money in buying and selling just one home and then building another and am now debt free. We don't seem to have the volatility that other centres have.
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3/5
2yrs+

"Rockhampton - Beef capital, very country atmosphere."

Rockhampton is situated 633 kms north of Brisbane and is known as the beef capital of Australia. There are a number of things to see including six bull statues, Archer Park Station and Steam Train Museum or for the real thrill seeker a Mig Jet Adventure. Visit Kershaw Gardens or the Rockhampton Zoo. Rocky has numerous large shopping complexes, good schools, a Tafe campus and a campus of the central Queensland University. There are good sporting facilities and you are not too far from the coastal area of Yeppoon. Housing prices here are realistic and good bargains can still be found in many areas around the CBD.
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