Rockhampton straddles the Fitzroy River, the largest on the Australian eastern seaboard. With a catchment area of 156,000 square kilometres, it’s prime for Barramundi and King Threadfin fishing. Throw in a line yourself or join a fishing charter, Guided Fishing Down Under to fly in and boat out. When the heat dials up, refresh under the Kershaw Park Gardens waterfall or jump on a water jet at the Riverside precinct. Beyond the Capricorn region’s capital, the coastal paradises of Yeppoon, Great Keppel Island and Pumpkin Island await with an abundance of opportunities to make a splash.
Rockhampton boasts a multitude of natural attractions to explore. By far one of the most unique places to see is Mount Archer National Park whose rich forestry and majestic highlands sets a dramatic backdrop to Rockhampton. To catch a glimpse of the rare black cockatoo, follow elevated boardwalk to Sleipner Lookout.
Further afield, the Capricorn Caves serves up a combo of ancient geology, adrenaline-charge adventure, and wondrous wildlife. Join a tour to abseil the limestone ridge, sight insectivorous bats, and visit a dig pit where palaeontologists are excavating fossil bones. Rather discover the highlights of town? The tropical Rockhampton weather means that Rockhampton Botanic Gardens almost always blooms with visitors.
Museums and Galleries
Transport yourself back to the 1850 at the Rockhampton Heritage Village as you wander through vintage cottages, woolsheds and blacksmiths. Double your dose of history at the Archer Park Rail Museum and ride the last of the region’s 20th century Purrey Steam Trams. Art connoisseurs should stop by at Rockhampton Art Gallery. Established in 1967, it houses the finest mid-century and modern art in regional Queensland, including works by Australian artists Sidney Nolan and Arthur Boyd.
Markets and Culture
Start your Sunday morning by getting to know local growers and the wider Rockhampton community at Kern Arcade Car Park Markets. Pick up exotic fruits, freshly baked goods and artisan chutneys to feast on or save for later. From the heart of town, head to the Dreamtime Aboriginal Cultural Centre to immerse yourself in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance and tradition within its beautiful creekside grounds.