Located in the heart of Central Queensland, the Rockhampton Region lies on the Tropic of Capricorn, bounded by Livingstone Shire in the north, the Pacific Ocean in the east, the Gladstone Regional Council area and Banana Shire in the south and the Central Highlands Regional Council in the west.
The region includes three main urban centres being Rockhampton, Gracemere and Mount Morgan and the smaller townships of Bajool, Bouldercombe, Kabra, Marmor, Stanwell, Gogango and Westwood located with a predominately rural landscape. Rockhampton functions as the major service centre for business and employment, and the smaller townships provide an opportunity for people to live a productive and sustainable rural lifestyle, but with easy access to the services of the larger urban centres. The Rockhampton Region’s population forecast for 2017 is 87,769 mostly located in the urban areas and is forecast to grow to 113,096 by 2036. The median age of the region is 36 and 14% of the population are kids under 9 years.
The traditional owners of the region are the Darumbal people and the traditional boundaries of their country are Styx River to the North, Raglan Creek to the South, Westwood and bottom of Mt Morgan Range to the West. In 2016 the Darumbal People Aboriginal Corporation Registered Native Title Body was established who work for and on behalf of the Darumbal people.