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    Visit the Capricorn Coast

    by wise23girl Updated Jan 10, 2012

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    Rockhampton, on the Tropic of Capricorn

    Three little places come to mind when I think of Rocky if you want to be near the water.

    Yeppoon which is the best known...Emu Park....quite a delight and Zilzie. We found our lost cat at Zilzie so it always has a special place in my heart. Taking a cat on holidays is not the best idea...and she went all the way to Zilzie and 6 weeks later we found her....and she did not want to talk to us. Tabby point Siamese are like that!

    Many visitors prefer to stay at these resorts rather than Rockhampton which can be quite hot and humid.

    The other benefit is you are much closer to Great Keppel Island and my favourite from long ago ...North Keppel

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    MOUNT ARCHER

    by balhannah Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    View of Rockhampton

    Mount Archer rises 604 metres and is a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton city.
    It is located in the northern suburbs.

    Excellent views are had from the top from several lookouts. One lookout gives a view over to the ocean and Yeppoon, and the other takes in Rockhampton city and surrounds.
    Sunsets are meant to be spectacular. There are many walking tracks, flora and fauna.

    Frazer park has BBQ and picnic facilities. To reach it, the bottom entrance is off Old Norman road and German street.

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    Tropic of Capricorn

    by balhannah Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    The Actual Tropic of Capricorn passes through Rockhampton.

    The Tropic of Capricorn is the extreme southern position of the sun in apparent annual journey.
    As the earth tilts on its axis, the sun appears to move in an orbit inclined 23 and a half degrees to the plane of the Earth's Equator. It reaches its southern position, the Summer Solstice on about 21 December each year and its opposite, the Winter Solstice on about 21 June each year.
    These two dates begin the official periods of Summer in the Northern and Southern hemispheres.

    There is a spire here to mark the place. Next to it, is The Capricorn Tourist Information Centre The Information Centre is also a registered travel agent and does sell Souvenirs, Drinks and ice-creams.

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    KERSHAW GARDENS

    by balhannah Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    The waterfall @ Kershaw gardens

    These beautiful gardens were opened in 1988, as a part of a project celebrating the Australian Bicentenary.
    The gardens were named after Cliff Kershaw who was the Chief Health Inspector during the development of the old landfill area that the gardens is built on. He died prior to the opening of the gardens and they were named to commemorate his long and loyal service. What a shame he did not live to see these beautifully landscaped gardens.

    Hard to believe, but The Kershaw Gardens are built on the old Rockhampton rubbish dump.
    We walked many of the tracks around the different gardens, such a tranquill area, and there are plenty of rest areas and water fountains along the way.
    The gardens include natural australian bush,a Scented Garden, Rainforest, Waterfall, slab hut and picnic areas.

    The Scented Garden was built to represent a floral diagram of a Lily flower. A walk around here, and we could smell lavender, scented geraniums and the very strong perfume of the shrub, "Yesterday Today Tomorrow."

    We did The Rainforest walk, and viewed the lovely waterfall and rock escarpment near the Highway.
    The Slab Hut, made from local timber, is built in the style of early pioneering housing within Rockhampton. Inside are native flower arrangements and craft.

    There is a playground and BBQ's and Picnic Shelters, there is something for everyone in this lovely park that stretches for 1km along the Bruce Highway.

    The Kershaw Gardens are open to walkers 24 hours a day.

    Off street parking from 8am to 5pm at the Fraser Street end or near the monorail end of the gardens. The gates to the Monorail and toilets are locked at 5pm.

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    BULLS, BULLS & MORE BULLS!!

    by balhannah Written Sep 7, 2008

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    Six Large Bull Statues are situated around the town to play tribute to the Cattlemen of the area.

    UNSOLVED MYSTERY IN ROCKHAMPTON.
    Local people say they are not the ones that have committed the crime over the past 20 years, they say its the Backpackers or out of towners who are to blame.
    The crime "CUTTING THE BALLS OF THE ROCKHAMPTON BULLS"
    Everytime the Council replaces the large low hanging, coconut sized exhibits, the Bulls are robbed of them.

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    BOTANIC GARDENS and ZOO

    by balhannah Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    Centopath

    The Botanical gardens are a tropical paradise. Some of the trees here are 100 years old.

    Situated amongst the tropical gardens of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo, home to over 50 species of Australian native and exotic animals.

    THE ZOO & GARDENS ARE FREE!

    There is an Australian section where there are friendly grey Kangaroos & Wallabies, Wombats, Cassowarries, Dingoes and Koala's.
    In the Queensland reptile area are perentie, Australia's largest lizards and lace monitors.

    Pretty Australian native birds including Major Mitchell and red-tailed black cockatoos, musk and rainbow lorikeets, finches and small parakeets from Northern Australia can be seen.
    The dome walk-through aviary is home to a number of forest birds including native parrots, doves, pigeons and water fowl.

    Also watch out for the colourful rainbow lorikeets that come down to feed near the koalas at 3.10pm each afternoon.
    Monkeys, Apes, Hamadryas baboon, macaques and Chimpanzees have a nice rainforest habitat to live in, lucky them!
    Chimpanzees are an endangered species, so are part of the Australasian Species Management Program.

    The best time to visit the zoo is at 3pm when a chimpanzee talk and feeding takes place followed by the feeding of the wild lorikeets and the chance to get up close and personal with one of the koalas.

    Zoo is open from 8 -5pm daily

    The Botanic Gardens has a Kiosk and is open daily with refreshments. They are beautiful and have some lovely different, flowering tropical Trees in the garden.
    The Centopath is also located in the gardens.

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    CUSTOMS HOUSE

    by balhannah Written Jun 30, 2010

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    Custom's House @ Rockhampton

    A must do in Rockhampton is to either walk or drive historic Quay street, where all the Heritage listed buildings are, and there are some beauties!

    One of the nice ones, is the Custom's House, a beautiful sandstone building which has been completely renovated, inside and outside.
    The ground floor of Customs House houses a new “Spirit of Rockhampton” exhibition, with displays on the city’s history, Customs House, Quay, river and people of Rockhampton today.

    As well as being a beautiful historic building, Rockhampton’s Customs House Visitor Centre, is a place for visitors to obtain information and advice, and to book and commence local tours.

    Customs House is located on the banks of the Fitzroy River in the city centre.

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    THE HERITAGE HOTEL

    by balhannah Updated Jun 30, 2010

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    Heritage Hotel

    A drive around Rockhampton, and we realized there were heaps of Hotels in this city, and a lot of them were very impressive looking, with their nice lacework verandahs. In 1902, there were 42 Hotels in a town of 3,000 people. The same number are still operating today, only the population is 60,000 people.

    There is quite a bit of history related to this Hotel.

    In 1859, the Golden Fleece Hotel was built. This Hotel didn’t last long, and was reopened in 1864 as Hart’s and then as the Commercial Hotel in 1865.

    Rockhampton history was made on the site in 1867 when the Gold Commissioner turn thief, Thomas John Griffin, shouted drinks at the Hotel, and in doing so revealed himself as the murderer of two police officers. Ten days prior two officers were shot and killed whilst on Gold Escort: they were transporting £4,000 on the instruction of Griffin, who apprehended them en route and hijacked their payload. Griffin was revealed when a pound note he used in the Hotel was traced to the missing loot.

    After a few very quiet years, the Hotel was demolished then reopened as the Commercial Hotel and Chambers in 1897. The Hotel was ear-marked for demolition, luckily, it never happened. It changed hands again, and in 2005, after extensive renovations, it re-opened.

    The Hotel’s restaurant was reportedly one of Douglas MacArthur's favourite dining rooms during his war-time stays in Rockhampton in the 1940s.

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  • Mt Archer National Park

    by NatureLover30 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Rainbow Lorrikeet at Mt Archer

    A lovely place to visit, only 10 minutes drive from the centre of Rockhampton. Great for picnics and leisurely strolls or long hikes. The webpage listed below includes a 360 degree virtual tour of several key scenic spots, giving an excellent view and idea of the surrounding countryside.

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  • Botanic Gardens & Zoo

    by NatureLover30 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Japanese Gardens

    These gardens are a must see. They include many walking tracks, Japanese gardens, a fernery, a kiosk with food and gifts, a large range of birdlife around the lake, and an excellent children's playground.
    The zoo contains a large variety of birds and animals including koalas, kangaroos, emus, dingoes, monkeys, casowary, and crocodiles.
    A 360 degree virtual tour of the gardens can be viewed on the webpage listed below.

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  • Funtastic cruises

    by jc3599sl Written Nov 10, 2008

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    We recently spent a weekend in Rockhampton (thank you Tiger airways for the cheapie airfares!!), and found Funtastic cruises by chance when we looked on the web.
    We had a wonderful day! The Funtastic is a 17 metre catamaran owned and operated by Hans and Di. They took a small group of us out for the day sailing around Great Keppel Island.
    For $90 each, we had a full day of snorkelling, fishing, sunbaking and generally relaxing.
    I felt like a guest on the catamaran, not once did it seem as though we were paying customers.
    This is a cruise which will not make you feel like a tourist!

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  • Kershaw Falls

    by NatureLover30 Updated Mar 3, 2004

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    Kershaw Falls

    Kershaw Gardens is a lovely park located in the centre of Rockhampton. It includes 2 waterfalls, a scented garden, walking tracks, and a children's playground with a monorail.
    The waterfalls can be viewed from the main highway as you pass through town. For a 360 degree virtual tour, see the website below.

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    Bulls, bulls and more bulls

    by cafank Updated Nov 16, 2010
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    At both ends of town visitors are greeted by large sculptures of the region's prized bull breeds. If you are into cattle these are nice statues to check out.

    And there are six main bull sculptures around the town:

    The Brahman bull is on the Northern Highway and represents the most suitable breed to the district.

    The Droughtmaster bull is near the entrance to the airport.

    The Braford bull statue is on the southern highway.

    The Romagnola bull, a new breed to the area, is in O'Shannessy Park off the southern highway into town.

    The Santa Gertrudic statue is in Frank Forde Park.

    Another Brahman bull is on the roundabut at the southern entrance to the town.

    As you drive around you will see many more bulls on buildings, at pubs and in the street, just reinforcing to you that Rocky is indeed a beef town.

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    Heritage Buildings

    by cafank Updated Nov 16, 2010
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    Rockhampton was founded in 1853, and there are many beautiful buildings in the town. This historical architecture has captured the hearts of visitors for decades.

    Quay Street which runs along the riverfront has a lovely historic streetscape that is is apparently quite unique in Australia and definately worth wandering down. This is an ideal place to start a walk.

    Buildings worth looking at include the Customs House, the old Post Office, a couple of old bank buildings and several private homes.

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    Tourist Information Centres

    by cafank Updated Nov 16, 2010
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    There are two info centres you can visit. Both have a huge amount of info about the town and surrounding areas. I was really impressed with their maps and local information brochures.

    The Rockhampton Visitor Information Centre is located at Customs House, 208 Quay Street in Rockhampton. This is where you begin a herirage walk or cross the road and stroll along the riverside boardwalk.

    The Capricorn Region Tourist Information Centre is located at the Tropic of Capricorn Spire on Gladstone Road in Rockhampton. This is not far deom the southern entrance into town. It is easily found thanks to the spire which marks the Tropic of Capricorn.

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