Rockhampton Heritage Village is located just off the Bruce Highway, close to the Yeppoon turnoff. It is an active township museum where visitors can step back in time and experience Rockhampton’s rich history. It covers 18 hectares of bushland and gives a taste of Rockhampton's past, with homesteads and other buildings dating back from 1850 until 1950.
This is the only hotel in Australia with its own indoor rodeo ring. The iconic Great Western Hotel is not only a hotel but also an entertainment venue. They offer exciting events like rodeo or bull riding, live music and great food. Watch the amazing rodeo as you dine on the best steak in Australia.
The museum tells the story of the development of railroad transportation in Rockhampton, and is set in the 100-year-old Archer Park Rail Station. The main attraction of the museum is the fully restored Purrey Steam Tram, which still operates every Sunday. The station also features a revolutionary digital soundscape system that provides an audio interpretation for the entire site to create a unique visitor experience.
Whether you want to see a crocodile that weighs over three-quarters of a tonne or just to see a baby croc hatch out of its egg, Koorana Crocodile Farm has it all. You can try crocodile meat or buy products made from the highest quality crocodile skin. Koorana Crocodile Farm and Restaurant is approved by the Australian Government and offer two tours a day.
With specimens of over 200 palms, cycads and ferns, the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. The heritage-listed Botanic Gardens are 130-years-old and perfectly suited to spend a sunny afternoon with the family. Located within the Botanic Gardens, the Rockhampton Zoo is home to a wide range of animals in their natural surroundings.
Kershaw Gardens is a peaceful oasis in the heart of Rockhampton with a collection of native plants. Its special features are the natural bush environment and tropical rainforest in comparison to the more formal traditional Botanic Gardens. Make sure not to miss the impressive waterfall.
Explored in 1882, the Capricorn Caves are a system of above-ground caves in a limestone ridge. Learn about the caves' ancient geological landscape with marine fossils, watch thousands of bats leave the caves to feed on insects or listen to the natural acoustics of the Cathedral Cave.
Byfield National Park is a forest recreation area stretched along the coastline with a view out to the Keppel Islands group. Enormous sand dunes and a picturesque coastal scenery dominate the southern part of the park, while in the north you can hike through rainforest and take a bath in Stony Creek, one of the best local fresh water swimming holes in the area. The park is perfectly suited for a host of outdoor activities like camping, picnicking, walking, four-wheel driving, boating and fishing, cycling, and even horse riding.
Located just 15 km off the Queensland coast and part of the Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef, you can’t fail to be impressed by the stunning landscape or the relaxed atmosphere on this island. Coral gardens, turquoise waters, pristine, white beaches and native wildlife, Great Keppel Island has it all. The island is perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving and if you are lucky you can also observe dolphins, whales or birds.
This museum is definitely worth a visit if you are interested in war history. The museum displays a comprehensive collection ranging from the 1900's through to the present. It includes artefacts from the military history of Rockhampton and surroundings like American Army uniforms from World War II, Badges and Medals, Personal collections from Vietnam Veterans, Personal diaries and war photographs.
Set right on the edge of the Fitzroy River, it blends the best in contemporary Australian cuisine with traditional Central Queensland dishes, and many old favourites. The reasonably priced menu means that you don’t need to wait for a special occasion to enjoy dining out with family and friends.
Try a taste of India during your stay in Rockhampton. Having authentic Indian food has never been easier as everything is hand-made and only cooked with the freshest ingredients. The restaurant offers a great variety of reasonably priced dishes as well as excellent Naan and Butter Chicken.
At Punjabi Indian Tandoori Restaurant situated in the heart of Rockhampton, you will find good Indian food served in traditional Indian table ware, such as copper cups. Their extensive menu includes many vegetarian dishes, breads, desserts and traditional sweets and beverages. Also visit the Indian groceries and sweets shop.
If you're looking for a real BBQ, the Victoria Tavern's Skyfire Brazilian Barbeque is the place to go. They have seven different cuts of meat to tempt tastebuds and the food is brought around on large skewers as it comes off the fire. Enjoy a relaxed evening with music, mojitos, caprioskas or Brazilian beer.
Whether you are staying at the Best Western Hotel or not, the Stirling is a dining experience not to be missed. Well-trained staff and a nice atmosphere with modern décor and a great live band will enhance the experience. Chose from the extensive steak menu or from a variety of other mains or tapas.
At this bakery café you can relax and have a coffee, or if you are feeling hungry they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you like something sweet eat a pastry or a cake. The cafe is conveniently located inside a popular shopping center, making it great for a relaxing shopping break.
The Coffee House is a modern and fully licensed café/wine bar with breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Desoite being adjacent to a namesake motel, the establishment is a fantastic eatery in its own right. They hold the reputation of serving the best coffee in the area, and offer an excellent brunch selection.
Whether you just want to have a good coffee and breakfast or take time to dine, Blue Truffle Gourmet Deli has a tasty treat for everyone. Enjoy a unique gourmet delicatessen and cafe experience with broad choices of the finest cheese varieties and organic coffees. Gluten-free options are a speciality.
If you are looking for a place to have a quick lunch or snack, you should try the best sandwiches in Rockhampton at this true Rockhampton icon. Inspired by the novel by Jules Verne “Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea”, Captain Nemo's Submarine Sandwich Base offers fresh subs at great prices in a variety of delicious flavours.
With its trendy décor and extensive menu, Giddy Goat Café and Bar is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and snack. The food is excellent and the prices are quite affordable. The establishment is a great spot for both breakfast and a more substantial meal later in the day.
The Lionleigh is renowned for good, honest pub food ranging from traditional pub dishes such as bangers and mash to more contemporary dishes. Have a game of pool or darts with your friends or just relax watching sporting events on the big screens. Live music every Friday and Saturday nights, and Sunday afternoons.
Dine with a great view of the ocean and Great Keppel Island or have a drink in the comfortable lounge. The relaxed atmosphere in the Keppel Bay Sailing Club will definitely not disappoint you. Located diagonally opposite The Clubhouse, you can find theme night specials and endless gaming options here.
With a great selection of both food and retail stores, plenty of parking and family-friendly facilities, Allenstown Square Charter Hall will fulfill all your shopping needs in one convenient location. You can grab a bite to eat at Subway, Wendy´s or Domino’s and even find a fitness studio and a medical centre.
In this active township museum, visitors can step back in time and experience the city’s rich history. Hand-made products, natural organic produce, clothing, art, craft and food can be purchased at Sunday markets. Don’t miss the live entertainment, working demonstrations, vintage cars and horse rides.
Polly Lane Boutique, located in the heart of Rockhampton, is known for being one of the best clothing shops in the area. With personalized service, a refined selection of gorgeous clothes and high quality brands it has everything you need for an enjoyable shopping experience.
Be curious what is behind the pink and purple doors. Can I Wear That offers children's fashion from newborn to toddler size, lovely gift ideas, treats and treasures like dolls, wooden play boxes, colouring sets, magnet and sticker books as well as shoes, accessories and hats.
Rockhampton Airport is the 9th largest commercial airport in Australia, used for domestic air travel. The Airport is approximately a 10 minute drive from the town centre. Due to limited availability of taxis, it is important to book one prior to arrival. There is a free taxi phone inside the terminal next to the public toilets and also outside the terminal near the taxi rank. You could also take a bus operated by Youngs Bus Service. Car hire is available at the Airport as well.
Emerald Coaches, Rothery’s Coaches and Young’s Buses service the Central Highlands areas, the Capricorn Coast and Gracemere with daily connections from Rockhampton, Yeppoon, Rosslyn Bay and Emu Park. The transfer is inexpensive and offers hassle-free service. Sunbus Rockhampton provides city connections and there are numerous pickups scattered all over Rockhampton City. Just hail and ride – it’s that easy. Young’s Bus Service leaves for Yeppoon from the Kern Arcade on Bolsover St 12 times a day, Monday to Friday, and six times on Saturday and Sunday. The high-speed Tilt Train, run by Traveltrain, travels between Rockhampton and Brisbane.