The Central Highlands is more than you expect. It is a region of continuous growth and the centre for a diverse range of investment, business, career and lifestyle opportunities in the heart of Queensland.

Located three hours inland from Rockhampton, and extending over 60,000 square kilometres, the Central Highlands is the perfect connection between the coast and the outback. It encompasses the major townships of Arcadia Valley, Bauhinia, Blackwater, Bluff, Capella, Comet, Dingo, Duaringa, Emerald, Rolleston, Sapphire Gemfields, Springsure and Tieri and the Tropic of Capricorn runs laterally through the region.

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Covering a large portion of the Bowen Basin, this area is the largest coal reserve in Australia. Over 100 million tonnes of coal are extracted annually which makes it Queensland’s most important export commodity.

The Central Highlands is rich in minerals and agriculture, with irrigation from water storage on the Nogoa and Comet rivers, and boasts the largest sapphire-producing fields in the Southern Hemisphere.

Major freight routes are contained in the Central Highlands region, including the north-south link between Charters Towers and northern New South Wales, which has been identified as an inland alternative between Cairns and Melbourne.

Central Highlands is a prosperous and vibrant region which has a diverse economy based on:

  • A globally competitive coal mining industry, with continuing expansions and developments
  • Traditionally robust and resilient agriculture and horticultural industries, including beef, grain, cotton, grapes, melons and citrus
  • Dynamic small to medium size businesses
  • Professional and government sectors
  • Availability of commercial, industrial and residential land
  • A growing tourism market
  • Major health and education services
  • Billion dollar infrastructure and construction projects

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