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About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Gracemere is 11,675, with a population density of 1.66 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Gracemere is located to the south-west of the Rockhampton urban area. Gracemere is bounded by Scrubby Creek and the locality of Fairy Bower in the north, the Bruce Highway, the Burnett Highway, Gavial Gracemere Road and the locality of Bouldercombe in the east, the locality of Kabra in the south, and Neerkol Creek in the west.

Name origin

Gracemere is named after the original property in the area, which was named after the landholder's wife, Grace Archer.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from 1855, being the first place of settlement in the Rockhampton Region. Land was used mainly for sheep grazing, with cattle grazing becoming the dominant land use by the late 1800s. Significant development did not occur until the post-war years. The population increased substantially from the early 1990s, with rapid growth between 2006 and 2011, a result of large numbers of new dwellings being added to the area.

Land use

Gracemere is a township area, including growing residential areas, commercial and industrial areas, and surrounding rural areas. Rural areas are used mainly for cattle grazing.

Major features

Major features of the area include Central Queensland Livestock Exchange & Gracemere Exhibition Centre, Gracemere Shoppingworld, Gracemere Plaza, Cederic Archer Sports & Recreation Complex, Gracemere Lake Golf Club, Gracemere Sports Club, Gracemere Sportsground, Padgole (Gracemere) Lagoon, Gracemere Swimming Pool, Anzac Park, Christie Selerup Park, Fred Thorsen Park, Ted Price Park and numerous schools.