Things To See & Do
Popular attractions of Rockhmapton area include Riverbank Parklands, a riverfront parkland attraction located on the banks of Fitzroy River; the Capricorn Coast, the coastal strip between Yeppoon and Emu Park and Great Keppel Island, a large neighbouring island off the Capricorn Coast, the vast majority of which is national park.
The Rockhampton region has many renowned festivals, celebrating some of the various international cultures that call the region home. The annual Multicultural Festival (held at the Heritage Village) and CQU Open Day held at the CQUniversity, showcases hundreds of market stalls and displays, international foods, music and cultures are popular with the locals and tourists alike.
Archer Park Station and Steam Tram Museum
Denison Street, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
The Archer Park Railway Station museum contains several exhibitions associated with railways and the Rockhampton Council Tramways. Items have been collected from a variety of sources including private collectors, former rail workers, the Capricorn Heritage Rail Association (The Friends of Archer Park) and Queensland Rail. Tram rides are available on Sundays between 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. free of charge, except on Carriage Caper Days held every second month where there is charge of AUD1.00. The Archer Park Railway Station is located in Rockhampton and is sure to have items to interest for many different age groups.
CQ Military and Artefacts Museum
40 Archer Street, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
The CQ Military and Artefacts Museum houses artefacts from the military history of Rockhampton and surrounding districts. It includes American Army uniforms from World War Two and a room devoted entirely to Rockhampton history. The collection includes a women at war display, personal diaries, war photographs, light horse memorabilia, badges and medals as well as personal collections from Vietnam Veterans. All of the items are donated by the local community. So come along with your family and friends and explore the past at this very well presented museum. Tour groups and schools are welcome to come along and are catered for on request. Step back in time at the CQ Military and Artefacts Museum.
Bruce Highway, Rockhampton, Queensland 4701
Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens were officially opened in September 1988 as part of a project celebrating the Australian Bicentenary. Initial development of the gardens commenced in 1976, on an old landfill reclamation area. Today, the Gardens represent a natural Australian bush environment, in contrast to the more formal style of traditional Botanic Gardens. These magnificent gardens stretch for one kilometre along the Bruce Highway and provide an attractive, peaceful setting within the heart of Rockhampton.
Koorana Crocodile Farm
65 Savages Road, Coowonga, Rockhampton, Queensland 4702
Koorana Crocodile Farm is a commercially operated crocodile farm and restaurant located half an hour drive from Rockhampton or Yeppoon. Gates open at 10am and fully guided tours are conducted daily at 10:30 am and 1:00 pm. with lunch being served in the restaurant between 12 - 1pm. Crocodiles hatching can be seen from March to May. Koorana has 3000 crocodiles. Last entry to farm is 2.00 p.m. and gates close at 3.00 p.m. The restaurant serves crocodile meat dishes as well as standard meals. Crocodile skin products are available including wallets, belts and clothing. Most crocodile leather accessories are Australian made and are sold at farm gate prices with CITES permits for export. Visitors have the opportunity to touch and hold a specially trained crocodile.
Mount Archer National Park
Frenchville Road, Rockhampton, Queensland 4702
With a height of 604 metres, Mt Archer dominates Mt Archer National Park and provides a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. The park protects a range of plants and animals, including plant species with restricted distributions, also the glossy black-cockatoo. Named in honour of the Archer brothers who explored the Fitzroy area, it is part of the Darumbal Aboriginal people’s traditional country. From Mount Archer. view spectacular sunsets. Stroll around the plateau for views across the city and the Capricorn Coast. Walk 11 kilometres from the summit to German Street. Enjoy a picnic in Fraser Park, which is managed by Rockhampton City Council.
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo
Spencer Street, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. Some specimens are over 100 years old. The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll. The Gardens now cater for weddings, private functions and guided tours. The Rockhampton Zoo has animals such as monkeys, crocodiles and koalas.
The Spire Tropic of Capricorn
Gladstone Road, Rockhampton, Queensland 4700
The Tropic of Capricorn is a line that represents the southernmost position of the sun on its annual journey. Rockhampton lies just north of the Tropic of Capricorn, which has also become the name of the region. The Capricorn Tourism Visitor Information Centre is situated on Gladstone Road, Rockhampton - where the Tropic of Capricorn Spire is located. The Information Centre is also a registered travel agent and can help plan your holiday. Drinks and ice-creams can also be purchased as well as a range of Rockhampton souvenirs.