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Car Hire from Rockhampton Airport

Car Hire from Rockhampton Airport

Rockhampton Airport is located close to the Capricorn Coast of Queensland, Australia. When you hire a car from Rockhampton Airport it’s easy to explore spectacular beaches offering trips to the Great Barrier Reef, national parks with great outdoor activities and a range of beautiful towns and cities with vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions.

Where to hire a car at Rockhampton Airport

There are a number of car hire companies based at Rockhampton Airport. These include Budget, Hertz, Thrifty, Avis, Europcar and Redspot. All car hire desks are located inside the terminal building opposite baggage carousels at the southern end of the arrivals hall.

Petrol Stations near Rockhampton Airport

The closest petrol stations to Rockhampton Airport are all based in Rockhampton city. The majority of garages are clustered around the A1. Coles Express is the nearest, just six minutes’ drive from the airport, and located on Fitzroy Street, just off the A1.

Driving around Rockhampton Airport

Canoona Road passes in front of the airport. By turning right, you can follow routes into the centre of Rockhampton. Turning left, you come to small towns like Alton Downs and Morinish. From the centre of Rockhampton, it’s easy to pick up the A1, which travels west to Emerald and Barcaldine and north to Mackay and Townsville. Route 10, heading towards the coast, is also easily accessed from the city.
Roads around the area are in good condition and you’re unlikely to experience any serious congestion, even at rush hours. Throughout Queensland, the majority of roads are sealed but you may come across some unsealed roads requiring a 4WD. A good map or GPS system will highlight these roads for you. On any smaller roads, sealed or unsealed, wildlife and livestock in the road can pose a hazard so be sure to keep an eye out.

Getting to your destination

From Rockhampton Airport, there are lots of great destinations within easy driving distance. Here are just a few of them:


Rockhampton is one of Queensland’s oldest cities and its home to a number of attractions. Visitors can see koalas, kangaroos and wallabies at Rockhampton Zoo, learn about the city’s history at Rockhampton Heritage Village or head up Mpount Archer for views over the whole city.
It takes under 10 minutes to drive from Rockhampton Airport to Rockhampton city, taking Canoona Road east and then meandering along North Street and Canning Street into the centre. The A1 and Fitzroy Street provide bridges across the river. Throughout the city, there are free, limited time parking spaces available and paid spaces for longer stays.

Capricorn Caves

The Capricorn Caves are just north of Rockhampton city. There’s a selection of guided tours to choose from and a range of adventure activities including caving, abseiling and climbing.
The site is also home to cabins and a lodge if you fancy staying the night. It takes around 30 minutes to drive from Rockhampton Airport to the Capricorn Caves, driving first into Rockhampton and then taking the A1 north. The Caves are well signposted and there’s a large car park on site.


The beachside town of Yeppoon is known as the gateway to the Capricorn Coast. Along this stretch of coastline there are lots of beautiful sandy beaches to discover. The small town has a pretty esplanade, lots of great seafood restaurants and a number of galleries.
Yeppoon is 40 minutes’ drive from Rockhampton Airport, heading into Rockhampton city and then taking the left fork of route 10 over to the coast. There’s plenty of street parking available through the town and designated car parks for longer stays.

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