The Central Highlands (map) is a robust region that sits at the heart of Queensland’s resources and agricultural sectors.
Spanning almost 60,000km2, the Central Highlands region is just short of the size of Tasmania.
It includes a significant portion of Australia’s largest coal reserve, the Bowen Basin and is strategically located to service Australia’s newest mining province, the Galilee Basin. Coal mining is a staple ingredient in the region’s economy, even during softer global markets.
Sustained by irrigation sourced from water storage on the Nogoa and Comet rivers, the Central Highlands is also characterised by thriving farming industries, including beef, cotton, grapes, and citrus.
Major freight routes intersect the region, including the north-south link between Charters Towers and northern New South Wales, identified as the inland transport alternative between Cairns and Melbourne.
Pristine natural attractions, such as Carnarvon Gorge and the Sapphire Gemfields, are driving an emerging tourism market.
A population of more than 28,000 and a median age of 31 help underpin the Central Highlands’ economic strength of a skilled, locally-based workforce.