Events Strategy

Events epicentre of CQ

Advance Rockhampton is building on the Tourism and Events Queensland Events Strategy 2025 that explores the enormous economic and social value for local communities that hosting events can generate.

Capitalising on the natural resources and unique attributes of the region, Rockhampton will be known as the Events Capital of Central Queensland. The Rockhampton Region is a diverse community and we are becoming recognised as the perfect place to host a range of community and commercial events.

The Rockhampton Region is a great destination for your next event. Offering dependable infrastructure, a major Australian Regional airport which services Rockhampton and Central Queensland, with flights to Brisbane, Mackay, Townsville and Cairns, 4.5 star hotels, a stunning Riverside Precinct and picture-perfect backdrops – now is the time to consider the region as your preferred venue.

Our Events Best Practice Guide(PDF, 2MB) is designed to assist organisers of new and existing events and festivals.

Major events

Advance Rockhampton is continually bidding and attracting a wide range of state and national events to the region. Most recently, the team behind Summernats have chosen Rockhampton as its next home to bring the noise and smoke of its most iconic event to for the brand new Rockynats, with the first event being held April 2-5 2021.

The Rockhampton region also hosts a range of other major events including:

Check out the range of major events Rockhampton Regional Council hosts in the Region. 

Sports events

The Rockhampton Region has a proud sporting history, and is home to national, international and Olympic standard sporting facilities that nurture beginners to athletes. We proudly claim to be breeding champions, excelling in sports and recreation with many national sporting heroes getting their start in this region.

The Rockhampton region features:

  • Browne Park – Home of the CQ Capras Queensland Cup Rugby League team
  • Kenrick Tucker Velodrome - National standard cycling
  • Victoria Park Tennis Centre - 19 international tennis courts plus an additional 5 full-size plexi-pave courts, two of which have international standard lighting
  • Rowing Course – used by the Australian Rowing team on a regular basis.
  • Hockey - the Region hosted the 2019 Oceania Cup, an international field hockey competition and qualifier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Business events

A Convention Prospectus for the region is currently being compiled by the team at Advance Rockhampton, and we want to involve the services or facilities your business can offer for conventions and gatherings. 

Our Tourism Unit can provide tailored Welcome Packs which includes guides to introduce and welcome your guests to the best the region has to offer - email the team for further details.