Infrastructure & Accessibility

IMG_9115-1By Air

Featuring the third longest runway in Queensland and the ninth largest in Australia, the Rockhampton Airport prides itself on being able to handle freight of any size or shape. The proven experience of the Airport has contributed to its involvement in international and domestic military operations.

The Rockhampton Airport is exceptionally well serviced with multiple flights to and from Brisbane daily, direct flights to and from Mackay and connections on to other ports around Australia and internationally. Airlines that fly into Rockhampton include Qantaslink and Virgin Australia. It is also the welcoming destination for 750,000 domestic passengers every year.

By Sea

Port Alma, located 60km south of Rockhampton is a tailored port that handles ships up to 180m in length. Major cargoes include salt, tallow, petroleum products, explosives, ammonium nitrate and general shipping.

Located 100km south of Rockhampton is the internationally recognised Port of Gladstone, one of the largest ports on Australia’s east coast and responsible for handling billions of dollars worth of cargo each year, including 67 million tonnes of coal.  With expansions having increased its handling facilities, when complete, it will have a through port capacity of 70 million tonnes.

The Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal, in conjunction with the RG Tanna Coal terminal, allows coal exports to 150+ million tonnes  annually. In addition there are projected trade trends to 2015 with new markets of LNG and Aluminium industries to affect the port.

By Coach and Bus

Greyhound Australia operates from the central bus terminal in Rockhampton with multiple services connecting Rockhampton with Brisbane, and Cairns daily. Services are also available to Emerald and Longreach. Youngs, Sunbus, Rothery’s Coaches and Dowies are the major providers of bus services and tours across the region. Bus Queensland provide services from Rockhampton to Toowoomba via Moura and Biloela.

By Rail

Rockhampton is a major Queensland Rail centre with the ability to handle close to 200 million tonnes of rail freight each year.

Queensland Rail’s Traveltrain operates train services daily to Rockhampton from Brisbane and Cairns and extend west to Longreach. High speed ‘tilt-train’ services run almost daily between Brisbane and Rockhampton. ‘Spirit of Queensland’ and ‘Spirit of the Outback’ trains run via Rockhampton to the Tropical North and Outback, offering an experience that is more than just a train journey.

By Road

The Rockhampton Region is the base for several large trucking companies, focused on moving products to market areas. Rockhampton is located at the junction of the Bruce, Capricorn, Burnett, Dawson and Leichhardt Highways and the city streets have been designed to provide smooth flow-through to truck, commercial and passenger traffic.

The Rockhampton Region transport businesses are frequently involved in logistical planning for unusual items of machinery and plant required at the neighbouring mines. The expertise is there to help you move anything you need to, in or out of the region.

Major highways link the region with all parts of Queensland and the Southern States, these include:

  • Leichhardt Highway (A5)
  • Australia’s Country Way
  • Capricorn Highway (A4)
  • Great Inland Way (A7)
  • Pacific Coast Touring Route (Bruce Highway, A1)


Due to the continuing growth and development of the Rockhampton Region, greater demand is being placed on the Region’s transport networks. To sustain the enormous growth predicted, improved road capacity and flood immunity are crucial, not only for the Rockhampton Region, but for long haul and regional transport across Queensland.

Rockhampton’s existing Fitzroy River bridges, constructed in 1952 and 1980, are fast approaching capacity and currently funnel all traffic into a small area of the city. Construction of an appropriately located flood-free third bridge to reduce growing traffic congestion and redistribute through- traffic away from the busy city centre is now a near term priority.

Relocation of the existing North Coast Railway from Denison Street in the city centre is also a high priority as train length and frequency increase, and as the conflict between the rail and state and local road networks increases. Load limits on the existing Alexandra Street rail bridge and slow transit times through Rockhampton also impact on the efficiency of rail operations.

A western realignment of the Bruce Highway and third bridge will link Rockhampton’s growth areas at Parkhurst and Gracemere as well as providing connectivity with the CBD, Base Hospital and Airport. This link will also provide improved access from the Australian Defence Forces Western Street facilities to the Shoalwater Bay Military Training Area and further north.

Improving the flood immunity of the Rockhampton Airport is also critical and levee and combined levee-road options are being investigated in conjunction with the proposed western alignment of the Bruce Highway.

Current Initiatives

National [Bruce] Highway Upgrades:


Source: AECOM

Yeppen North – Yeppen Roundabout and Port Curtis Road, Rockhampton

The Yeppen North project improved safety and traffic flow for road users between the Yeppen Roundabout and Port Curtis Road, at the southern entrance into Rockhampton.

The project has been designed to integrate with the longer-term planning of upgrades to the Bruce Highway across the Yeppen Floodplain, thereby allowing for a high-level of flood immunity on Rockhampton’s southern approaches.

With a joint state and federal funding commitment totalling $85million, the project  enhances safety and traffic flow in the area while also providing the first stage of overall works to improve flood immunity for the 20,000 vehicles which travel between the Yeppen Roundabout and Lower Dawson Road (Port Curtis Road) daily.

Yeppen South  –  Egan’s Hill to Yeppen Roundabout.

The Yeppen South project was identified as a high priority in the Queensland Government’s Bruce Highway Action Plan (2012).

The 2.8km Bruce Highway crossing of the Yeppen Floodplain, south of the Yeppen roundabout, has a current flood immunity of Q15 (1 in 15 year flood level). The new structure will provide immunity of Q100 (1 in 100 year flood level).

The Bruce Highway south of Rockhampton was closed at the Yeppen Floodplain for 14 days during the 2011 flood, and 11 days during the 1991 flood, causing freight, economic and social disruptions.


Source: AECOM

The primary objective of the Yeppen South project is to minimise isolation (due to flooding) of Rockhampton and Northern Queensland from Southern Queensland during moderate and major flood events in the region.

The Yeppen South project will provide a new elevated crossing of the Bruce Highway across the Yeppen Floodplain at a Q100 level from the Burnett Highway intersection to the Yeppen roundabout. The project adjoins the Yeppen North project and will complete a Q100 Bruce Highway crossing of the Yeppen Floodplain.

Outside of flood events, the Yeppen South project will significantly increase the capacity of the Bruce Highway south of Rockhampton. Northbound traffic will use the high-level corridor while southbound traffic will continue using the existing lanes. In a flood, traffic will revert to 1 lane in each direction on the high-level bridge structure.

John Holland Group (Queensland) was announced on 27 November 2013 as the successful construction contractor who will join the department to deliver the Yeppen South Project.

Site construction commenced in January 2014. The Yeppen South project has been completed.