In the heart of Central Queensland, Rockhampton is divided by the Fitzroy River, which reflects its past as a gold-rush town in the mid-1800s. From historic buildings to botanical gardens, heritage villages and a strong connection to the beef industry, Rockhampton offers an eclectic experience.
Things to do in Rockhampton
Nestled on the riverfront, Quay Street gives an overview of Rockhampton’s history in Victorian-era structures and quaint shops. Rockhampton Art Gallery reflects a contemporary side in works from new Australian and Indigenous artists. On the southern end of town, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens features a subtropical rainforest, lagoons and a small zoo with wombats, dingoes and koalas.
Curious about the bull statues dotted throughout the city? They’re paying homage to Rockhampton’s status as the “Beef Capital of Australia”. You’ll find a wealth of steak-centric restaurants, such as the Ginger Mule on Williams Street, known for tapas and steak sandwiches. The strip is also home to some local watering holes, including classic pubs and wine bars.
Aboriginal heritage is evident in exhibits at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, where you can play the Didgeridoo and experience Aboriginal dance and art. The kids will love Rockhampton Heritage Village with its vintage vehicles, blacksmith shop, hall of ancient clocks and “townspeople” dressed in 1800s period costumes.
Mt Archer National Park drapes across the northern suburbs offering scenic views and lookouts. Just a few minutes’ drive away you’ll discover the ancient Capricorn Caves, known for their eerie acoustics. Take a one-hour tour that includes classical music recording and a chance to view a limestone ridge with stalactites and colourful cave coral.
Getting around Rockhampton
You can rent a car in the city or at Rockhampton Airport, about a 15-minute drive away. Taxis and city buses provide comprehensive transport around the city.