Central Queensland (Rockhampton, Mackay and Bundaberg)

The Central Queensland region has industry strengths in coal mining and liquid gas, vocational and tertiary education, strong primary production, tourism, manufacturing, retail, health and community services.

Rockhampton is often referred to as the beef capital of Australia, with a large export market and is the headquarters of the Central Queensland University (CQU), resulting in strong STEM talent flow into the region.

Mackay is widely recognised as the Sugar Capital of Australia, producing a third of all sugar in Australia. Mackay is also the gateway to the Bowen Basin coal mining reserves of Central Queensland, producing 50% of the state’s coal. It is the single largest coal reserve in Australia, with 34 operational coal mines extracting more than 100 million tonnes annually.  Gladstone is one of Australia’s main industrial cities, with major process industries as well as home our largest coal and three large LNG export ports.

Central Queensland has an emerging startup ecosystem, with collaborative support from the regional universities, local government, business chambers and industry groups. 


Key regional strengths:

  • Agribusiness (beef, cotton, horticulture)
  • Coal mining and CSG/LNG export ports
  • Advanced Manufacturing


Our Host organisations in Central Queensland include:

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