The Rockhampton Diocese is one of five in the State of Queensland and one of the twenty-eight dioceses in Australia. In 1930, the Diocese of Townsville was formed from the northern part of the Rockhampton Diocese. The main industries in the region are mining, grazing and farming. The coastal areas and nearby islands boast many beautiful tropical beaches. There are spectacular national parks as well as a number of carefully preserved ancient Aboriginal sites. Further west is the great Australian Outback.