Visit Rockhampton

Rockhampton has lots to offer to travellers from a rich cultural heritage to outdoor activities in various national parks. The city is one of Queensland’s oldest cities and an ideal location to stay, it is a central hub full of action. From cafes, restaurants, business centres, to historical heritage sites there’s plenty to do in Rockhampton and most places are easily accessible. If you plan to visit Rockhampton the city will surprise you with its attractions and has plenty to explore on foot.

You will not run out of things to see and do:

  • Bull Riding at the Great Western Hotel (selected nights) or just visit this iconic pub for a beer
  • Rockhampton Zoo & Botanic Gardens (free admission)
  • Kershaw Gardens
  • Capricorn Caves
  • Catch a show at Pilbeam Theatre
  • Visit the Rockhampton Art Gallery
  • Visit Dreamtime Cultural Centre
  • Ten Pin Bowling
  • Take the kids to the ‘Crazy Joker’ indoor playground
  • Tour Mt Morgan –  once the worlds largest Gold producing mines
  • Koorana Crocodile Farm 
  • Attend a cattle sale at CQLX  Gracemere, located eight kilometres west of Rockhampton, began operations in 1953. The saleyards hosts the world’s largest stud sale (Brahman Week) and Australia’s biggest horse sale (National Quarter Horse Sale). Extensive upgrading of facilities totalling AUD7.5 million began in 2003, ensuring that the saleyards remain one of Central Queensland’s foremost attractions. Visitors can expect an inside view of livestock sales in the comfort of the upgraded selling ring, comfortably sitting up to 1,000 people. Stud sales are conducted primarily in the spring, September through to November, and many Australian and Australasian records are held both in relation to prices and the number of stock sold. The current highest price paid for a beast is AUD 80,000 for a Brahman bull.
  • Keppel Island – Take a trip to Great Keppel and see the pristine beaches
  • Grab a round of Golf at one of the local courses. There are 2 courses in Rockhampton or 4 on the Capricorn coast
  • Drive up Mt Archer to see the lights of Rockhampton or take the Zamia Walk. Practical advice offered by local walkers is to drive to the summit of Mount Archer and walk the downward slope – your legs will thank you after you have finished the five-hour 14 kilometre one-way adventure. The Darumbal Aboriginal people welcome you to their traditional country and ask that you respect and enjoy this special place. Mount Archer is home to a variety of woodland birds including the vulnerable Powerful Owl. Glossy black cockatoos can also be seen feeding on the She-Oak seeds. If you wait quietly, you may see unadorned Rock-Wallabies come to drink from Moores Creek in the early morning and late afternoon. The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value and include several plant species with restricted distributions.
  • Mt Hay Gemstone Tourist Park – go fossicking for Thunder Eggs
  • Hike Mt Jim Crow – Situated halfway between Rockhampton and Yeppoon
  • Visit the Causeway on the Capricorn Coast and hire a boat, water bike or surf ski.
  • Take a drive to Byfield National Park – Swim at Freshwater or Stoney Creek.
  • For the adventurous try a drive to  Five Rocks (4 wheel drive required)
  • CQ Military and Artefacts Museum – 40 Archer street
  • Archer Park Rail Museum, Denison Street
  • Quay Street – Walk the longest heritage listed street in Australia and see some of the great architecture of the time.
  • Fitzroy River (Either walk the boardwalk, BBQ on the river or throw a lure to tempt a Barra)