Rockhampton Airport

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Rockhampton Airport
Airport typePublic
Owner/OperatorRockhampton Regional Council
ServesRockhampton, Queensland
Elevation AMSL36 ft / 11 m
Coordinates23°22′54″S 150°28′30″E / 23.38167°S 150.47500°E / -23.38167; 150.47500Coordinates: 23°22′54″S 150°28′30″E / 23.38167°S 150.47500°E / -23.38167; 150.47500
WebsiteRockhampton Airport
YBRK is located in Queensland
Location in Queensland
Direction Length Surface
m ft
04/22 1,645 5,397 Paved
15/33 2,568 8,425 Paved
Statistics (2016/17)
Passenger MovementsDecrease 565,716
Aircraft MovementsDecrease 10,002
Sources: AIP[1]
Passenger and aircraftmovements from the Department of Infrastructure and Transport[2]

Rockhampton Airport (Connor Park) (IATA: ROK, ICAO: YBRK) is a major Australian regional airport in West Rockhampton that services the city of Rockhampton, with direct flights to the cities of Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and Mackay. Flights have previously operated to Sydney and Melbourne but were cancelled due to lack of passenger numbers. The Airport runway has the capability to handle aircraft such as the A380, B747 & B777 types.

In 2011, the airport handled 701,062 passengers and 12,606 aircraft movements, a drop from the 2010 figure of 777,212 passengers and 14,602 aircraft.[2] The drop is attributed in part to the airport being closed for three weeks in January due to the 2010–2011 Queensland floods.[3]


Efforts to locate a permanent aerodrome site in the city had been proceeding for a number of years in the 1920s. The City Council and the Federal Government, however, could not come to an arrangement as to a suitable site. Prior to 1930, a number of locations within the city had been used for the operation of aircraft, all on a non-official basis and none suitable for long term use.

In 1929, the lease to a former racecourse, Connor Park, was acquired by a number of aspiring aviators, and they set about making it suitable for aircraft. The Rockhampton Aero Club was formed on 9 February 1930,[4] and announced that flying training would commence at the location. The Rockhampton Aero Club continues to operate today, providing flying training and air charter.[5] The aerodrome was officially opened as Connor Park Aerodrome on 2 March 1930. A few weeks later, the aerodrome was again officially opened as Rockhampton Aerodrome, and the first passenger aircraft, a Fokker monoplane, Star of Cairns, landed.

During World War II, facilities at the airport were substantially upgraded. The Commonwealth took over control of the airport, and the Royal Australian Air Force moved in. An Aeradio station was established to enable air ground communication, a facility that survived as a Flight Service Unit until 1992. Control Tower facilities were also established. At one stage, work was commenced to allow rapid demolition of the runways if required.[6] In 1987 during upgrade work, the demolition tunnels were located and filled in. In February 1989, the Rockhampton City Council was vested with ownership of the airport.

In 2015 Jetgo Announced that two new flight destinations from Rockhampton would be available, Townsville & Gold Coast.

Past and future redevelopments[edit]

In 2008, Rockhampton Airport completed an A$8.4 million terminal redevelopment. Changes made during the renovation included the removal of the old viewing deck, a new security screening point and departure lounge, a new café/restaurant, the relocation of the airport offices, check-in counters, and baggage carousel and a customs screening point for international flights.

During 2008, new changes that will be occurring at the airport include the installation of new air-conditioners and lighting.[7]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

QantasLink operated by Cobham Aviation Services Brisbane
QantasLink operated by Sunstate Airlines Brisbane, Cairns, Mackay, Townsville
Virgin Australia
operated by Alliance Airlines

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Rockhampton Airport closed on 1 January 2011 due to flooding affecting the runway.[3] The airport was reopened on Monday, 24 January 2011.


Busiest domestic routes out of Rockhampton Airport
(In 2013-2014)[8]
Rank Airport Passengers carried % change Airline carriers
1  Queensland, Brisbane Airport no data yet no data yet Virgin Australia, Qantaslink
2  Queensland, Gold Coast Airport no data yet no data yet JETGO Australia
2  Queensland, Cairns Airport no data yet no data yet Qantaslink
2  Queensland, Townsville Airport no data yet no data yet JETGO Australia, Qantaslink
2  Queensland, Mackay Airport no data yet no data yet Qantaslink


The terminal is also serviced by bus and taxi, with regular connections to Rockhampton City and the Capricorn Coast provided by Youngs Bus Service and other local operators.


The Rockhampton Airport was named the 2007 Australian Major Airport of the Year at the prestigious National Awards in recognition of Excellence in Australian Aviation, in Melbourne on 13 November 2007.[9]

Big Bulls[edit]

On the roundabout outside the airport is one of the seven Big Bulls statues that decorate Rockhampton, which regards itself as the Beef Capital of Australia. The statue outside the airport depicts a Droughtmaster bull, an important breed in the local area.[10][11] The Big Bulls are listed as one of Australia's big things.[12]

The theft of the testicles from the bulls is a common prank and they frequently have to be replaced. Some residents also feel that the bull statues over-emphasise one aspect of the city and should be relocated to less prominent locations. However, there is strong public support for the retention of the bulls.[13]


The Rockhampton Regional Council operate a public library at the Rockhampton Airport called the "Anytime Library" (which, as at 2018, is open from 5am to 9:30pm every day).[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YBRK – Rockhampton (PDF). AIP En Route Supplement from Airservices Australia, effective 08 November 2018
  2. ^ a b Airport traffic data
  3. ^ a b "Rockhampton Airport shuts down". The Morning Bulletin. APN News & Media. 3 January 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2011.
  4. ^ "Rockhampton Aero Club history". Rockhampton Aero Club. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2008.
  5. ^ "Rockhampton Aero Club". Retrieved 19 March 2017.
  7. ^ "Retail Opportunities". City of Rockhampton. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  8. ^ Domestic airline activity Archived 21 February 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Our airport is best in Australia and now its official!". City of Rockhampton. Archived from the original on 19 July 2008. Retrieved 17 January 2008.
  10. ^ "Where's the Beef?". Rockhampton Art Gallery. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  11. ^ Robinson, Paul; Farrow-Smith, Elloise; Saunders, Miranda (17 April 2014). "An ownership row has erupted over who holds Australia's Beef Capital title". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Archived from the original on 5 August 2017. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
  12. ^ Clark, David (2004). Big Things: Australia's Amazing Roadside Attractions. Penguin Books. pp. 10–13. ISBN 0-14-300200-7.
  13. ^ Whop, Marlina (20 November 2013). "Tourism group rears up over Rockhampton bull statues". ABC News. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2017.
  14. ^ "Rockhampton Regional Library, Public Libraries Connect". Public Libraries Connect. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  • Roger R Marks (1994). Queensland Airfields WW2 – 50 Years On. R & J Marks. ISBN 0-646-12769-1.
  • Lorna McDonald (1995). Rockhampton, A History of City and District. Rockhampton City Council. ISBN 0-9599897-3-0.

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