Rockhampton aquaculture development area

The Rockhampton region is considered a good split between the aquaculture of northern and southern fish species, particularly in relation to outdoor pond aquaculture all year round. However this does not prevent farms trying to circumvent this with heated nursery systems, and targeted outdoor pond culture during warmer months. Also suitable for prawns.

Location snapshot


  • Rockhampton/Casuarina Creek

Local government

  • Rockhampton

ADA size

  • 2,278ha on 14 (main) land parcels

Water access

  • Potential creek access (Casuarina, Inkerman Creeks) for intake/discharge

Examples of potential aquaculture species

  • Marine prawns (black tiger and banana prawns)
  • Barramundi
  • Marine finfish (e.g. tropical groper and cod, cobia, threadfin, snapper, mullet species)

Further information

  • Approximately 30km south of Rockhampton CBD (30km south of Rockhampton airport).
  • Next to Bruce Highway (major highway) and North Coast railway line.
  • Stanwell to Gladstone Infrastructure Corridor State Development Area runs through southern part of site.
  • Port Alma rail line separates southern land parcels from the rest of the site.
  • Seawater access possible upstream of fish habitat area—management A area in Casuarina Creek.
  • Minor sections of matters of state environmental significance on site.
  • Surrounding regulated vegetation east of site (Category B—remnant vegetation).
  • Part of site located within coastal management district—any coastal hazard risks may need to be mitigated.

View a map of the Rockhampton ADA.