Are you planning a holiday or trying to find things to do in Rockhampton? Well, you have come to the right place.
Located in Central Queensland and straddling the Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is one of the oldest cities in QLD & Northern Australia. Today, Rockhampton is considered an industrial and agricultural centre of the north, and a regional centre of Central Queensland. It is a large tourist destination which is well known for its rich history and culture. The city is also a gateway to many local tourist destinations, including the islands of the Capricorn Coast, Mount Archer National Park, Yeppoon & Great Keppel Island.
There are a multitude of things to do in Rockhampton, suitable for all ages, including visiting the Rockhampton Zoo, taking a cow ‘selfie’, going on a distillery tour, perusing the Rockhampton Art Gallery, exploring the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, taking in the views at Mount Archer lookout or venturing underground to Central QLD’s leading natural attraction, the Capricorn Caves.
Considered to be the ‘Beef Capital’ of Australia, the Big Bull statues that are scattered around town are a tribute to its title. Rockhampton owes much of its past and present to the beef industry. You can experience livestock sales for yourself at Gracemere Saleyards, on the outskirts of Rockhampton. It handles the largest throughput of export beef cattle in Queensland, and is the largest stud-selling venue in the Southern Hemisphere.
Following the banks of the Fitzroy River, the significant sandstone buildings are a visual testament to the rich merchant, maritime and gold rush heritage and tradition which have influenced Rockhampton’s development. There are many architecturally stunning public & private buildings, including the Customs House, Rockhampton Post Office, The Criterion Hotel Motel, motels, Archer Park Rail Museum, Heritage Hotel and St Joseph’s Cathedral. These can be explored whilst enjoying Rockhampton’s CBD Heritage Building Trail, which is also Queensland’s longest National Trust heritage-listed street.
Gain further insight into Rockhampton’s historical roots by heading to the Rockhampton Heritage Village. The rich and colourful history of the district between 1850’s to 1950’s is showcased in a friendly, township museum which features original and reproduction buildings and memorabilia. The village provides a striking step back in time, with all the buildings constructed onsite from photographs of original Rockhampton establishments, using manual and artisanal methods.
With so many great sights to see and things to do in Rockhampton, the Heritage Village should be on the top of your list of places to visit!
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are amongst the oldest public gardens in Queensland. Access to the yards and zoo is free. They open daily from 6 am to 6 pm. Located within the Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo. It is home to over 50 species of native animals from across Australia as well as exotic animals from around the world! It’s the perfect area for families to see animals in their natural surroundings. The Gardens Tearooms is the café nestled under the 150-year-old Banyan Figs. The Japanese Gardens provide tranquillity, while the Cenotaph honours our Australian soldiers.