Rockhampton region named finalist in 2022 Top Tourism Awards

Published on 05 May 2022

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Rockhampton has today been named a finalist in the Queensland Tourism Industry Council 2022 Top Tourism Town Awards.

The annual awards program aims to recognise Queensland’s diverse and outstanding regional destinations.

Rockhampton was nominated by Advance Rockhampton in the Top Tourism Town category for regions with a population over 5,000.

Rockhampton Region Mayor Tony Williams said being named a finalist further reinforces the Rockhampton Region as one of Queensland’s top travel destinations.

“Being named in the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Top Tourism Town Awards for the second year in a row re-establishes Rockhampton amongst some of the state’s best holiday destinations,” Mayor Williams said.

“The recognition proves that our region’s tourism operators, businesses and local community are working together to make the wider Rockhampton region the very best destination it can be.

“Where else can visitors discover one of Australia’s longest streets lined with heritage-listed buildings, a significant modern Australian collection in Queensland’s largest regional gallery, explore one of Australia’s richest gold mining towns, catch a trophy barra, play with meerkats and ride premier mountain bike trails.

“With the Top Tourism Town gong up for grabs, now is the time for locals to jump online and vote for Rockhampton as their favourite Top Tourism Town”.

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager Greg Bowden said being named a finalist will put Rocky on the radar amongst Queensland’s domestic tourism market. 

“This recognition will certainly put the wider Rockhampton region at the top of the list as a holiday destination of choice for Queenslanders as we head into winter and planning for the Christmas school holiday period,” Mr Bowden said.

“Rockhampton’s visitor economy is worth $436 million per year and employs approximately 5,300 people which is why tourism is an important pillar in Advance Rockhampton’s strategic plan.

“Being named a Tourism Industry Council Top Tourism Town finalist builds on the great work our local tourism operators, businesses and the Advance Rockhampton team are doing in driving visitation and spend across the region.”

The public voting component of the awards is now open, with an Apollo Motorhome Holiday Voucher (valued at $2,000) up for grabs, with the winners being announced on the 13th June.

To vote for your top tourism town, visit

To find out more about the Queensland Tourism Industry Council Top Tourism Town Awards program, visit: