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Rockhampton is on the Bruce Highway, a 3 1/2-hour drive south of Mackay, and about 90 minutes north of Gladstone.

QantasLink (tel. 13 13 13 in Australia) has flights from Brisbane and Gladstone. Virgin Blue (tel. 13 67 89 in Australia) flies direct from Brisbane, Townsville, and Sydney. Jetstar (tel. 13 15 38 in Australia) flies from Mackay, and new budget carrier Tiger Airways (tel. 03/9335 3033; www.tigerairways.com) flies from Melbourne and Brisbane.

Queensland Rail (tel. 1300 131 722 in Queensland; www.queenslandrail.com.au) trains stop at Rockhampton daily. The trip from Brisbane takes just 7 hours on the high-speed Tilt Train; the fare is A$108 in economy class and A$161 in business class.

Greyhound Australia (tel. 1300/473 946 in Australia or 07/4920 3900 in Rockhampton) serves Rockhampton on its many daily runs between Brisbane and Cairns. The fare is A$138 from Brisbane (trip time: 12 hr.) and A$215 from Cairns (trip time: 18 hr.).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.