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The Central Queensland region is one of the pillars of the state’s economy. Known around the world for expertise in the mining and rail industries, although it’s also known as Cattle Country, with an estimated 2.6+ head of cattle in Fitzroy alone.
There are six council regions within Central Queensland, including the Banana Shire, Central Highlands, Gladstone, Livingstone, Rockhampton and Woorabinda. Interestingly enough, the Banana Shire is named after a dun-coloured bullock (young male bovine), not the curved fruit.
The Banana Shire is also known for the large bodies of sandstone running through multiple areas, including the Expedition National Parks. Although for hikers, you’ll want to head to Nathan Gorge, where you’ll...

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