Rockhampton Travel Guide

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    Sunset over Rockhampton
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    Heritage Hotel
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Rockhampton Things to Do

  • Visit the Capricorn Coast

    Rockhampton, on the Tropic of CapricornThree 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...

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  • Mt Archer National Park - great views

    Mt Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city, and there is a great array of native Australian flora and fauna, most natable the glossy black cockatoo. Frazer Park is at the summit of Mt Archer, which is about 604 meters above sea level, and there are good picnic and viewing areas. You do need private transport to get to the...

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  • Visit the Heritage Village

    Rockhampton Heritage Village is an active township museum where you can experience Rockhampton's rich and colourful history. The village features the history of the Rockhampton area from 1850 - 1950.It's a large complex and is quite interactive so is great for kids. There are a couple of Shetland ponies and Draught Horses raoming around and they...

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  • Dreamtime Cultural Centre

    The Dreamtime Cultural Centre is set on 12 hectares of land and there is plenty to see here.The grounds are landscaped with native plants, trees and a large waterfall. The gardens are part of the interpretive walk available to visitors.The original occupants of the land were the Darambal Aboriginal Tribe who have now almost disappeared and the...

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  • Rockhampton Zoo

    Rockhampton Zoo, established in 1869, is situated in the Botanic Gardens next to the Murray Lagoon but it can be visited by itself. The Zoo is home to over fifty species of native and exotic animals. There are Red & Eastern Grey Kangaroos, Common Wallaroos and Agile Wallabies roaming freely in grassy paddocks. Other native mammals include Common...

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  • Murray Lagoon - birdlife galore

    Murray Lagoon is actually a part of the Botanic Gardens but you do not have to go into the gardens to enjoy this lagoon and the abundance of bird life here.In the early days it was the local swimming hole for local residents until the baths were opened in 1883. Along with surrounding lagoons, Murray Lagoon supplemented Rockhampton's first water...

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  • Botanic Gardens

    Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. They have recently been heritage-listed, and are 130 years old and some specimens are 100 years old. The gardens cover about 96 acres so they are not small. There is so much to see and do within the garden and zoo complex (I have the zoo as a seperate tip)....

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  • Parks and Gardens

    Rockhampton has an abundance of Parks and Gardens and they are well worth seeing. Get a brochure from the tourist info office and see which gardens you may like to visit.There are waterways, great plants and trees, good picnic and BBQ areas and some have children's playgrounds. Bird life was prolific during my several visits in September -...

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  • Arts, culture, concerts.

    Pick up a copy of the Community Arts News from the tourist info centre or the Art Gallery or Walter Reid Cultural Centre.This is a great publication which will tell you what is on , and what is coming to Rockhampton. It lists film, drama, arts, festivals, opera – almost any entertainment you can think of. You are sure to find something interesting....

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  • Rainbow Fountain.

    The Rainbow Fountain in Central Park is apparently one of only two rainbow fountains in the world (so the brochure says).It is actually quite a small fountain but it is pretty. During the day the water is not coloured but at night the fountain is coloured by light in colours of the rainbow. There is a water jet reaching 20 M in height. About a 20...

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  • Riverside Walk

    The Riverside walk is quite pretty and the boardwalk makes it a lovely place on a sunny afternoon - especially as you can feel lovely river breezes out of the hot sun.There are picnic areas, BBQ's and seats to rest your weary feet after doing the Heritage walk.Apparently there are often concerts and markets along the broadwalk too so chech at the...

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  • Don't miss a cattle auction

    The Gracemere Saleyards, about 9 kilometers from Rockhampton, handle the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland. There are sales on all of the time so for a great country experience go to a cattle auction.I went to see what it is about and ended up spending several hours at Brahman sales. Didn't know anything about cattle but loved...

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  • Tourist Information Centres

    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...

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  • Heritage Buildings

    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...

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  • Bulls, bulls and more bulls

    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...

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  • THE 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...

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  • CUSTOMS HOUSE

    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”...

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  • MOUNT ARCHER

    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...

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  • 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...

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  • BOTANIC GARDENS and ZOO

    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 &...

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  • Tropic of Capricorn

    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...

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  • Funtastic cruises

    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...

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  • BULLS, BULLS & MORE BULLS!!

    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"...

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  • Dreamtime Cultural Centre

    Learn how too throw a boomerang, to play the Didgeridoo and learn some Aboriginal dancing all in one place

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  • Botanic Gardens & Zoo

    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...

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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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  • Mt Archer National Park

    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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Rockhampton Nightlife

  • by NatureLover30 Written Mar 3, 2004

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    Excellent live bands with dance floor, popular hang out for locals and tourists alike on Friday and Saturday nights. Great atmosphere. Several bars, beer garden and great service. Fantastic lunch and dinners also available. Accommodation upstairs.

    Criterion Hotel

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Rockhampton Transportation

  • by NatureLover30 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    An economical way to travel around Rockhampton, goes to most main places of interest such as Botanical Gardens, shopping centres, univerisity, hospital, etc. A detailed map of routes and timetables is on the website listed below.

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Rockhampton Warnings and Dangers

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    by CindyLou99 Written Sep 27, 2005

    While in Rockhampton we were advised not to walk alone at night because apparently they can be a lot of Aboriginals around and sometimes they can be very aggressive and ask for cigarettes or money. Just use common sense.

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