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From the southern islands of the Great Barrier Reef to the outback towns of Birdsville and Boulia, Central Queensland straddles the Tropic of Capricorn from east to west. Major centres of Gladstone, Rockhampton, Emerald, Yeppoon and Longreach along with the smaller communities of Barcaldine, Winton, Biloela, Blackall and Tambo service strong resources, agriculture, education, health and tourism industries. The region is Australia’s largest beef producer while the Gladstone Port is one of the country’s largest bulk commodity ports, exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG), coal and other resources and agricultural products around the world.

The eastern region produces over 50% of Australian pineapples while the west supports the country’s largest organic beef producers. The region's fertile lands also grow significant grains, citrus, nuts and other agricultural products.


236,011 (2018) – expected to increase to 275,552 by 2036.


Labour force 127,316


Main industries

Top 10 output industries – total regional output of $43.68 billion:

Top 10 employment industries – total regional employment 106 857 jobs:

Top 10 value add industries – total regional value add $20.40 billion:

Key projects

Local content activities

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Further information

Find out more about this diverse region or contact our Central Queensland regional office.