Rockhampton is a major regional city located on the Tropic of Capricorn, close to the central coast of Queensland. Rockhampton manages most of Queenslandís beef export business and conducts the largest sales of stud and commercial cattle in the Southern Hemisphere. Rockhampton also supports agriculture, fishing and tourism. Surrounded by natural beauty, Rockhampton offers an ideal sub-tropical climate, excellent facilities and a strong community spirit.
The Rockhampton Hospital provides a huge array of services including Red Cross blood transfusion service, 24 hour emergency, anaesthetics, radiology, ultrasound, specialist outpatient department review, central sterilising services and supply, rehabilitation, renal, coronary care, intensive care, palliative care, chemotherapy, cay surgery unit, operating rooms, general surgery, general orthopaedics, visiting urology, ear nose and throat, general medicine, obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics including neonatal (special care nursery), and general respiratory medicine.
Visiting services include rheumatology, oncology, haematology, paediatric cardiology, neurosurgical and facial maxillary.
Huge improvements on the Rockhampton Hospital have been made since 2007. Stage one of these improvements included a new emergency department, rehabilitation unit, maternity unit, paediatrics unit and dialysis unit as well as a learning and development centre. These improvements will establish a new general ward, increasing the hospitals capacity by 30 beds.
Rockhampton sits directly on the Tropic of Capricorn, the most southern position of the sunís journey around earth in the year. The sun reaches its southern position of the Tropic of Capricorn on the Summer Solstice, 22 December each year, officially commencing summer in the southern hemisphere.
Each year around the Summer Solstice, nature creates an amazing display in the Capricorn Caves just north of Rockhampton. Fourteen metres underground, the limestone Belfry Cavern is penetrated by a beam of sunlight and illuminated. The beam is brightest and longest on the day of the Summer Solstice. Those caught in the beam of light will see the colours of their clothing reflected on the walls of the cave. Tours can be taken to see this once a year phenomenon.
Six bull statues representing the main breeds of the area are situated throughout Rockhampton in recognition of Rockhampton's Beef Capital of Australia title. See if you can spot them all and identify the breeds!