1. Rockhampton Botanical Gardens and Zoo
Spread over 96 acres of lush, beautifully manicured grounds, the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens are a tranquil haven of tropical flora and fauna set along the south-western edge of the city, and offer the perfect surroundings for a relaxing afternoon stroll.
Home to numerous feature gardens, Murray Lagoon, the Gardens Tearoom and the ever-popular Rockhampton Zoo, the Botanical Gardens are a permanent favourite with both locals and visitors.
The zoo features wallabies, kangaroos, koalas, wombats and over 50 other species of native and exotic wildlife. With daily feeding shows, Q&A sessions with the keepers, tours and an ever-expanding menagerie of animal life, there’s always something new to experience at the Rockhampton Zoo.
Spencer St, Rockhampton
1300 22 55 77
2. The Spire Tropic of Capricorn
The Tropic of Capricorn represents the southernmost limit the sun reaches during its annual cycle, and gives its name to a large swathe of the Central Queensland region: the Capricorn Coast.
The Spire, located just south of the Rockhampton city centre, is also home to the Capricorn Tourism Visitor Information Centre, so be sure to stop by for more information on our beautiful region and all its glorious attractions!
Gladstone Rd, Rockhampton
07 4927 2055
3. Rodeo at the Nissan Navara Arena
No trip to Rocky is complete without a visit to the rodeo at the Great Western Hotel.
Try your hand on the mechanical bull or learn from the pros at one of the bull riding lessons. Or if you’d rather watch from the safety of the sidelines, be sure to catch one of the professional rodeo events!
Great Western Hotel, Cnr Stanley & Denison St, Rockhampton
07 4922 1862
4. Archer Park Rail Museum
Commemorating the Rockhampton region’s rich railway history, the Archer Park Rail Museum offers a glimpse into the past.
Whether you’re into trains and rail history or not, the museum’s impressive displays of rail memorabilia, engines and rolling stock present a captivating insight into a unique world.
The museum is located at the historic Archer Park Station, which was built in 1899, and is home to the world’s only Purrey Steam Tram.
Denison St, Rockhampton
07 4936 8191
5. Rockhampton CBD
The CBD is the nerve centre of Rockhampton’s business, commerce, shopping, dining, entertainment, history and culture.
From the shops and restaurants of the recently redeveloped East Street Mall to the beautiful Riverbank Parklands and assorted heritage-listed buildings along Quay St, the CBD offers ample sights and sounds from morning to evening.
Catch the Twilight Markets and Movies at the start of each month, engage in some daytime retail therapy or take in the city’s culture at one of the numerous museums or historical sites. Don’t forget to get a photo with one of the life-size bull statues – after all, Rockhampton is Australia’s Beef Capital!
6. The Pilbeam Theatre
One of the focal points of performing arts and live entertainment in Central Queensland, the 967-seat Pilbeam Theatre offers a diverse range of productions all year round, from local performers to international acts.
For upcoming events and attractions, please see the Spotlight Event Guide.
Wheelchair access available.
Victoria Pde, Rockhampton
07 4927 4111
7. Stockland Shopping Plaza
The largest shopping centre in the Central Queensland region, Stockland Shopping Plaza boasts over 170 specialty stores ranging from supermarkets to fashion, homewares, gifts, electrical, banking, and of course a well-rounded food court.
Parking is quick and convenient, with over 3000 spaces.
Cnr Yaamba Rd & Bruce Hwy, North Rockhampton
8. Capricorn Caves
Great for both adults and kids, the Capricorn Caves are one of the most popular natural attractions in the Central Queensland region.
Located just north of Rocky, these spectacular caves feature stalactites, flowstones, cavernous chambers and a whole host of cave-dwelling wildlife, including bats.
There are a number of tours to choose from, ranging from easy, wheelchair-accessible caves to the “Wild Caving” option, which features tight tunnels and creepy dead ends.
30 Olsen Caves Rd, Mt Etna Caves National Park
07 4934 2883
9. Koorana Crocodile Farm
Koorana Crocodile Farm is a commercial farm and restaurant specialising in all things crocodile-related, from croc steaks to leather accessories.
Established in 1981, Koorana was the first commercial crocodile farm in Queensland. Starting as a live capture service for Queensland, Koorana’s founders used their skills to safely detain problem crocs, which they would later use as breeding stock.
Today, Koorana boasts over 3,000 crocodiles, as well as a hatchery and small number of trained crocs.
65 Savages Road, Coowonga
07 4934 4749