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Published by Explore Rockhampton, 2019-11-13 17:31:18

Explore Rockhampton Destination Guide

Soak up the subtropical climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year while exploring the river, parks and outdoor spaces. The Rockhampton Region has a diverse range of experiences waiting to be uncovered at every turn.

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EXPLORE

ROCKHAMPTON

DESTINATION GUIDE

EXPLOREROCKHAMPTON.COM.AU


A MESSAGE
FROM MAYOR
MARGARET STRELOW

It gives me enormous pleasure to welcome visitors to the
Rockhampton Region on behalf of Rockhampton Regional
Council. We are proud to share our Region with you and
hope you enjoy everything we have on offer.
People are choosing the Rockhampton Region more and
more to live, work, invest and visit. I encourage you to flip
through this guide and discover for yourself our rich history,
natural attractions, vibrant arts and culture scene, flourishing
fishing hotspots and why we are known as the Beef Capital
of Australia.
Whether you are coming for the first time or looking to
return - bring your families and your friends and share in our
Region’s many delights.

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CONTENTS

ALL ROADS LEAD TO ROCKHAMPTON 4

GETTING HERE 6

TOP 15 THINGS TO DO 8

EXPERIENCE ROCKHAMPTON 10

CAPRICORN SPIRE VISITOR INFORMATION CENTRE 11

THINGS TO DO IN ROCKHAMPTON 12

STOP, SHOP AND EXPLORE 14

RIVERSIDE 15

ROCKHAMPTON BEEF CAPITAL OF AUSTRALIA 16

HERITAGE AND HISTORY 18

CBD HERITAGE WALK 20

ARTS AND CULTURE 22

MOUNT MORGAN 24

EXPERIENCES IN MOUNT MORGAN 26

UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH NATURE 28

MOUNT ARCHER MUST DO’S 30

NURIM CIRCUIT ELEVATED BOARD WALK 32

ROCKHAMPTON ZOO 34

HOME OF THE BARRAMUNDI FISHING 36

FAMILY FRIENDLY 40

DINE AND SHOP 42

WHAT’S ON? 44

STAY 46

CAMPING AND CARAVANNING 48

FARM STAY 50

From the adventurous heights of Mount Archer in the east, to the historic
gold-mining town of Mount Morgan in the south-west, to the inner-city banks
of the mighty Fitzroy River, the Rockhampton Region has a diverse range of
experiences waiting to be uncovered at every turn.
Soak up the subtropical climate with over 300 days of sunshine per year while
exploring the river, parks and outdoor spaces or join in the celebration with
vibrant festivals and events.

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RALLOROCAKDSHLEAADMTO PTON

PLAN YOUR TRIP

A central hub to the Pacific Coast Way, Capricorn
Way, Australia’s Country Way and Leichhardt
Highway sees Rockhampton as an accessible
stopping point for many self-drive holidays and
coach tours.
www.driveinland.com.au

Stanwell
Wycarbah

PACIFIC WAY
AUSTRALIA’S COUNTRY WAY


HGEETRTIENG CAIRNS

CANOONA ROCKHAMPTON
REGION

BRISBANE

YEPPOON
THE CAVES

EMU PARK

MOUNT
ARCHER KOORANA

ROCKHAMPTON

GRACEMERE

STANWELL A

HICGAHPWRIACYORN MIDGEE PORT ALMA
COAUUNSTTRRYALWIAA’YS
WYCARBAH

WESTWOOD BAJOOL WPAACYIFIC
MOUNT MORGAN
A
MARMOR

LEHICIHGAHRWDATY A

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BY AIR Rockhampton offers a range of bus,
taxi, transfer, luxury transfer
Located just 5km from the city and hire car services to transport
centre, Rockhampton Airport (ROK) you around the city or for day and
is a major Australian regional airport overnight trips.
servicing Rockhampton and Central
Queensland, with flights to Brisbane, SUNBUS
Mackay, Townsville, Cairns and
beyond. 07 4936 2133
sunbus.com.au/rockhampton
BY ROAD
YOUNG’S BUS SERVICE
Rockhampton is the central hub
to the Capricorn and Leichhardt 07 4922 3813
Highways, Australia’s Country youngsbusservice.com.au
Way and Pacific Coast Way (Bruce
Highway). The city is an accessible LITTLE JOHNNY’S TOURS & TRANSFERS
stopping point for many self-drive
holidays and coach tours. 0414 793 637
littlejohnnyrentals.com.au
BY RAIL
YELLOW CAB
Queensland Rail offers multiple
services each week to Rockhampton 13 19 24
from Brisbane return on the popular rockhampton.yellowcab.com.au
high speed Tilt Train; as well as
regular services on the Spirit of
Queensland to the north and Spirit
of the Outback to the west.

HOW FAR?

The beach. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30min
The islands (from beach) . . . . . 20min
Airport (from cbd). . . . . . . . . . . . . 8min
Brisbane (by air). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60min
Cairns (by air). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 80min

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EXPERIENCE

ROCKHAMPTON

Welcome to the Rockhampton
Region. With over 300 days
of sunshine per year it offers
beautiful sunny days for you to
explore all that we have to offer.
Soak up the subtropical climate
with endless sunshine while
exploring the river, parks and
outdoor spaces – and the vibrant
festivals and events.

Explore the region’s colourful history along the
spectacular Riverside Precinct and its inspiring
heritage listed buildings from the gold rush era.

Listen to a local yarn while staying in one of the
oldest pubs in Queensland, good enough for
the Queen on her Australian visit!

Get to know where the locals eat, drink and play
with award winning restaurants and cafés as
well as a vibrant pub scene.

Taste a local steak from the world known
Beef Capital of Australia, or catch your
own barramundi in the Fitzroy River, as the
Indigenous Darumbal have for thousands
of years. Find an adventure where sunshine,
history and the authentic Queensland spirit
collide.


TOURS Capricorn SPIRE Visitor
Information Centre
For information on guided
tours in Rockhampton and The Capricorn SPIRE Visitor Information
Mount Morgan, contact the Centre is located at the Tropic of Capricorn
SPIRE on Gladstone Road, at the southern
Capricorn SPIRE Visitor
Information Centre entrance to Rockhampton.
Our visitor information centre offers a one
stop shop for travel information including
maps, brochures, and itineraries. Staffed by
skilled and knowledgeable volunteers, the
Capricorn SPIRE Visitor Information Centre

can provide advice on things to see, do,
where to stay and eat in the Rockhampton

Region and surrounds.
176 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton

For opening hours call
07 4936 8000 or email
[email protected]

TROPIC OF
CAPRICORN

Rockhampton lies just north of
the Tropic of Capricorn. Visit our

SPIRE, a marker that acts as a
sundial, one of the only locations

in the world that allows you to
observe how the earth moves

around the sun and ‘see’ the
extent of difference in the length

of shadows at mid-winter and
mid-summer.

DOWNLOAD THE FREE

‘EXPLORE ROCKHAMPTON’ APP

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ROCKHAMPTON BOTANIC GARDENS MT MORGAN

Enjoy the best tropical climate Queensland All history buffs should visit the Mount Morgan
has to offer by exploring the delights of township. Through attractions, museums and
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. One of the best tours, relive its part in shaping Australia’s gold
in regional Australia. mining history.
100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton Mount Morgan Railway Museum &
1300 22 55 77 Visitor Information Centre
rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/botanicgardens 1 Railway Parade, Mount Morgan (07) 4938 2312
mountmorgan.org.au
ROCKHAMPTON ZOO
KERSHAW GARDENS
Discover more than 60 species of Australian
and exotic animals from around the world, set Serene parklands, stunning waterfalls, walking
amongst the Botanic Gardens. Free for visitors paths and beautiful greenery. For the young
to attend. and the young at heart there are swings, play
100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton equipment, a monorail and artificial waterway.
1300 22 55 77 The wet play area represents the Fitzroy River
rockhamptonzoo.com.au and is for families to paddle and play.
Moores Creek Road, Rockhampton 1300 22 55 77
MT ARCHER explorerockhampton.com.au/familyfriendly

Explore Rockhampton from above with views ROCKHAMPTON HERITAGE VILLAGE
spanning across the region. Bush walk, ride
your bike or drive up the mountain to enjoy the Step back in time at this friendly township
serene landscapes and take a walk along the museum which showcases the rich, colourful
Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk. history of the Rockhampton district 1850 - 1950.
Pilbeam Drive, Mount Archer 296 Boundary Road, North Rockhampton
explorerockhampton.com.au/nature (07) 4936 8688
heritagevillage.com.au
CATCH A BARRAMUNDI
PILBEAM THEATRE
Rockhampton Region is fast becoming known
as the ‘Home of the Barramundi.’Throw a line in The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres
at one of many hotspots along the Fitzroy River in regional Australia and is the focal point for
and Port Alma. performing arts in Central Queensland.
explorerockhampton.com.au/fishing Cnr Victoria Pde and Cambridge Street, Rockhampton
(07) 4927 4111
ROCKHAMPTON CBD & HERITAGE WALK seeitlive.com.au

Rockhampton is full of elegant buildings ROCKHAMPTON ART GALLERY
stemming from its rich merchant, maritime and
gold-rush heritage, with much of the strip being Rockhampton Art Gallery was established in
heritage listed. 1967 and houses the finest collection of mid-
Quay Street, Rockhampton twentieth century Australian art in regional
explorerockhampton.com.au/heritage Queensland.
62 Victoria Parade Rockhampton (07) 4936 8248
rockhamptonartgallery.com.au

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ARCHER PARK RAIL MUSEUM THINGS
TO DO
Featuring a restored Purrey Steam Tram, one of
nine tramcars that operated in Rockhampton in DOWNLOAD THE FREE
the early 20th century and the last of its kind in
operation. ‘EXPLORE
51-87 Denison Street Rockhampton ROCKHAMPTON’ APP
(07) 4936 8191 or (07) 4922 2774
qldrailheritage.com/archerpark/

SEE A RODEO

Head out the back of the Great Western Hotel
to the 2,000 seat arena and join spectators
cheering and holding their breath as they watch
riders hold to the single rope for those epic
eight seconds.
39 Stanley Street, Rockhampton (07) 4922 3888
greatwesternhotel.com.au

DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE

Gain insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander heritage at the Dreamtime Cultural
Centre. Witness the diverse beating cultural
heart of our city.
Bruce Highway, Rockhampton
(07) 4936 1655
dreamtimecentre.com.au

MT HAY GEMSTONE PARK

The remains of an extinct ancient volcano last
active about 120 million years ago, Mt Hay
provides you the opportunity to fossick for
thundereggs.
3665 Capricorn Highway, Wycarbah
(07) 4934 7183
aradon.com.au

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN SPIRE

Snap a selfie on the threshold between the
tropical and the temperate zones beside
the Tropic of Capricorn Spire. Our Visitor
Information Centre is also here so make sure
you drop in and say hello, they are a wealth of
local information!
176 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton (07) 4936 8000
explorerockhampton.com.au/infocentre

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THINGS
TO DO

NURIM CIRCUIT BOARDWALK RIVER CRUISE CQ ALKOOMI ADVENTURE FARM

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JAPANESE GARDENS RIVER CRUISE CQ ALKOOMI ADVENTURE FARM

Opened on 17 June 1982 Cruise the Fitzroy River in style This is a family owned and
as a gift to the citizens of on Fitzroy 1, a 30ft custom operated cattle farm, offering
Rockhampton from Ibusuki, built pontoon boat. Nibbles tourists all over the world the
Rockhampton’s Japanese and drinks are provided chance to experience outback
Sister City, the Japanese while you enjoy the beautiful life in a beautiful part of
Gardens provide a sense Rockhampton CBD with a Australia.
of space, timelessness and guided skipper providing 695 Old Coach Road, Marmor
tranquillity. These beautiful commentary as the sun sets. www.outbackskills.com.au
gardens were designed by 0499 883 434
the late Japanese landscape www.rivercruisecq.com.au WYATT’S WONDER WEB
architect, Kenzo Ogata and
is a ‘must see’. The Japanese SALEYARDS DISTILLERY Originally designed for New
Gardens sit within the grounds York’s Central Park, Wyatt’s
of the Rockhampton Botanic Visit what was an iconic hotel Wonder Web includes five
Gardens. originally built in 1881 that has levels of play for kids and
100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton now been transformed into adults too. Standing at nine
1300 22 55 77 a unique and quirky distillery metres high, climb through
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens specialising in the distilling various obstacles including
and distributing of rum and climbing ropes, ladders,
BOARDWALK award winning gin. tunnels, three slides and
52 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton swinging hammocks on the
Visit Mount Archer to walk the 0422 400 464 top level.
Nurim Circuit. This elevated Moores Creek Road,
boardwalk allows you to walk CAPRICORN CARRIAGES North Rockhampton
amongst the tree tops to enjoy 1300 22 55 77
breathtaking views. This is the Step into a fairy tale! Treat
perfect place to appreciate the yourself to a stunning horse RIVERSIDE PRECINCT
mountain ranges, river, city and carriage ride through
and country views. Rockhampton’s CBD on Rockhampton’s iconic Quay
Frazer Park, Pilbeam Drive, selected evenings. Street and Riverside has been
Mount Archer Cnr Denham and East Streets, revitalised. Wander down
Rockhampton the street, visit the Fitzroy
CEDRIC ARCHER PARK 0418 580 703 Adventure Playground, jump
through the water jets, marvel
Enjoy public spaces, barbecue BULL STATUE TOUR Customs House and enjoy the
areas, skate park, playground, views.
and a free water park complete There are seven iconic bull Quay Street, Rockhampton
with giant shade sails, mega statues located across the
soakers, tipping buckets and region, each with their own
spray tunnels! story to tell. Download the
Ian Besch Dr, Gracemere QLD 4702 Explore Rockhampton App to
take the tour.

JAPANESE GARDENS BULL STATUE CAPRICORN CARRIAGES

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This is how we think you
should spend the day.

Relax while exploring what
Rockhampton has to offer; a
free zoo, art gallery, shops
and of course delectable food

options.

BREAKFAST IN THE CBD STOP, SHOP
& EXPLORE
7.30AM DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE artisan made giftware.
rockhamptonartgallery.com.au
Start in the heart of 10.30AM
Rockhampton in the CBD BOTANIC GARDENS & ZOO
for breakfast at one of many Step into the Dreamtime, 12
restaurants and cafés. Options hectares of parklands where 2.00PM
include dining in transformed you can delve into the culture
heritage buildings to a of our traditional owners the Your visit to Rockhampton
picturesque café on the Darumbal Tribe. Guided tours must include a visit to
riverside. are available at 10.30am or the region’s free zoo.
Our local picks include: 1.00pm Monday to Friday, Rockhampton Zoo is nestled
/ Giddy Goat check website for details. within the Botanic Gardens
/ Headricks Lane dreamtimecentre.com.au and adjacent to the Murray
/ Jolt Cafe Lagoon in Rockhampton.
/ Coffee Society ART GALLERY At the Zoo you will discover
/ Two Professors more than 60 species of native
/ The Boathouse 1.00PM animals from across Australia,
/ Dingles exotic animals from around
/ Riverston Tearooms Rockhampton Art Gallery the world, tropical rainforests
is a truly immersive art and outback Australia exhibits.
EXPLORE ROCKHAMPTON CBD experience. Providing a Continue your morning with
diverse exhibition program a stroll through the Botanic
9.00AM throughout the year, with Gardens finishing it off with
displays from the best regional afternoon tea at the Gardens
After breakfast, wander contemporary art collection in Tearooms.
through to Quay Street, one Australia. Free zoo keeper talks are held
of the most iconic streets Rockhampton Art Gallery daily from 2.30pm to 3.20pm.
in Australia. Spend time offers innovative education rockhamptonzoo.com.au
exploring the revitalised and public programs to
Riverside Precinct and visitors of all ages, from
delve into the history of toddlers to lifelong learners,
Rockhampton with a self- and a must-visit gift shop for
guided CBD Heritage Walk.
You can find the tour on page
20 of this guide, or download
the Explore Rockhampton
App.

explorerockhampton.com.au

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DISCOVER THE Set on the mighty Fitzroy River,
RIVERSIDE PRECINCT. Rockhampton played a vital role as a
LOCATED ON QUAY STREET, port stop for inland Central, North and
RIGHT IN THE HEART OF South Queensland. Today the riverside
ROCKHAMPTON. moves into a new realm, playing an
integral part in the culture of the region.
Riverside is home to many of Queensland’s
finest heritage buildings. This combination
of natural beauty and rich and majestic
heritage has recently been redeveloped
and is now the centrepiece of the city with
open green spaces, free barbecue areas,
playgrounds, water jets and permanent
public art. Restaurants, cafés, pubs, and
accommodation surround the area – so all
your needs will be met.

// The Boathouse Pier restaurant
expands out over the Fitzroy River
and is the perfect place to relax for
breakfast, lunch and dinner.

// The water jets on the lower bank
provide great entertainment for
families and are a great way to cool
down on warmer days.

// The Fitzroy Adventure Playground is a
must do for families.

Riverside is also the pride of place for
the Rockhampton River Festival, held in
July each year over three days, the CBD
riverside is transformed and more than
100,000 people come to enjoy food, music
and entertainment rarely found outside
the capital cities.
In addition to this, an annual food and
wine festival plus regular riverside markets
and events are home to the Riverfront
throughout the year.

RIVERSIDE
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ROCKHAMPTON:

BEEF CAPITAL
OF AUSTRALIA

Want to beef up your stay? Take Jump in the car and discover
charge of your itinerary with Rockhampton’s wonderful world of
these full-bull adventures: bull statues – pick up a bit of bull breed
101 and have some fun with Rocky’s
CENTRAL QUEENSLAND SINK YOUR TEETH beef industry icons. Whether you are
LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE INTO A STEAK seeking an insight into the city’s cultural
identity, looking to learn more about the
CQLX ranks as one of the major You won’t have to look far for a history of the region’s dominant pastoral
selling centre's in Australia good steak, a traditional rump at industry or just coasting for some kitsch
and is situated 8 kms west of a heritage listed pub, a vintage kookiness, Where’s the Beef? is a works
Rockhampton in the locality of eye fillet at a riverfront restaurant burger upsized with special sauce!
Gracemere on the Capricorn or a rack of ribs for the ultimate We estimate it takes 40 minutes to visit
Highway. Visit one of the regular carnivore feast. You be the each of Rockhampton’s beefy bull statues
sales to see how livestock is judge of the best steak by trying in your car. Remember to add on time for
bought and sold. out the region’s abundance of a visit to Rockhampton Art Gallery. It’s a
16 Saleyard Road, Gracemere restaurants, cafés and bars. blue ribbon event with more than a few
07 4933 7300 • fb.com/CQLXGracemere explorerockhampton.com.au/food modern masterpieces to enjoy.
Illustration by local artist Marilyn
RODEO AT THE BEEF AUSTRALIA Williamson.
GREAT WESTERN HOTEL This is just a sample! For a full copy of
Time your visit to witness Where’s the Beef including illustrations
This hotel and award winning Australia’s national beef expo and information on each breed visit
Steakhouse is also renowned for - one of the world’s great beef Rockhampton Art Gallery.
bringing thrilling events such cattle events held just once
as rodeos and professional bull every three years during May in goo.gl/maps/67uK0
riding to Rockhampton in the Rockhampton. Beef Australia is
arena alongside the hotel. a celebration of all facets of the Rockhampton Art Gallery is owned and operated by
39 Stanley Street, Rockhampton Australian beef industry with Rockhampton Regional Council.
07 4922 3888 ample opportunities for both The Regional Arts
greatwesternhotel.com.au trade and visitors to be part of Development Fund is a
the fun. Queensland Government
beefaustralia.com.au through Arts Queensland
and Rockhampton Regional
Council partnership to support
local arts and culture.


Founded in 1853 by the Archer Brothers, Rockhampton
was positioned as the principal trade port north of
Brisbane and has blossomed into a city that mixes its
history with modern culture and community.

Step back in time at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, a friendly township museum
which showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district in the 1850’s
right up to the 1950’s. As you wander around you are offered the opportunity to be a
bush ranger on a horse and cart, or ride a vintage double decker bus, or fire engine.
There is a range of amazing heritage exhibitions to see including a hall of clocks, a
room full of old dolls, a timber cutters camp with some great examples of early tools, a
blacksmith shop, homesteads and cottages, lots of vintage machinery, and vehicles.
Also visit Archer Park Rail Museum to see a restored Purrey Steam Tram, one of nine
tramcars and six trailers that operated in Rockhampton (1909 – 1939) with Queensland
Government in Central Queensland.
Or simply take a walk along the CBD and riverfront to view one of Australia’s most
historically significant heritage strips.

ROCKHAMPTON REGIONAL LIBRARY HISTORY CENTRE ROCKHAMPTON HERITAGE VILLAGE

230 Bolsover Street, Rockhampton Boundary Road, Parkhurst
9am – 5pm Mon – Fri 9am – 4pm daily
07 4936 8248 07 4936 8688
rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/historycentre heritagevillage.com.au

ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARCHER PARK RAIL MUSEUM

07 4927 8431 51-87 Denison Street, Rockhampton
10am – 3pm Mon – Thur
QUAY STREET HERITAGE BUILDINGS BY NIGHT 9am – 1pm Sun
07 4936 8191
Buildings lit nightly qldrailheritage.com/archerpark
1300 22 55 77

ROCKHAMPTON HERITAGE VILLAGE ARCHER PARK RAIL MUSEUM ROCKHAMPTON RE
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LOCAL TIP

Head to the Rockhampton Regional
Library History Centre. They provide
a range of research materials for local
and family history including; indexes
to births, deaths, marriages and
our cemeteries; pioneer, shipping
and immigration records; online
databases; and a family and local
history book collection. The History
Centre Archives Collection includes:
printed materials, audio/video
cassettes and oral histories, maps,
plans and photographs, records of
families, business firms, sporting and
other community groups.
rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/
historycentre

HHIESRITTAOGERANYD

EGIONAL LIBRARY ROCKHAMPTON DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY QUAY STREET HERITAGE BUILDINGS BY NIGHT


CBD 6. HERITAGE HOTEL

WHEARLIKTAGE 230 Quay Street
The Heritage Hotel, formerly
1. HARBOUR BOARD BUILDING of Rockhampton from 1891 the Old Colonial Hotel, and
until his death in 1894, aged originally the Commercial Hotel
288 Quay Street 57. The building was bought and Chambers, was erected
The Rockhampton Harbour by Dr. O’Brien, who extended it in 1898 for Leah Johnson.
Board building was constructed and converted it into a private Designed by prominent
in 1896. The architect was J.W. hospital in 1908. Rockhampton architect J.W.
Wilson and it was designed Wilson, the three-storey,
in the Neo Classic Revival 4. GOLDSBOROUGH MORT concrete-rendered brick
Style. The Harbour Board was BUILDING / WALTER AND building featuring decorative
established in 1895 to take ELIZA HALL BUILDING iron-lace verandah balustrading
over the administration of was constructed by J.K. Evans at
the Rockhampton port which 238 Quay Street a cost of £6,500.
at the time was busier than This late Victorian classical style
the Brisbane port. The board single-story cement render 7. CUSTOMS HOUSE
remained in this building until and brick building was built for
1977. Walter and Eliza Hall in 1899. 208 Quay Street
Rockhampton’s Custom House
2. WALTER REID 5. MOUNT MORGAN is an example of the Classic
GOLD MINING COMPANY Revival period architecture
260 Quay Street / 203 East Street which was all the rage in
Walter Reid buildings occupy 236 Quay Street Rockhampton around the turn
the block from the corner A very important building of the century. Built between
of Quay Street and Derby in Rockhampton’s history 1898 and1901 of Stanwell
Street to East Street. These this was built in 1897 in the sandstone, the building has
were originally a warehouse neo-Classical revival style as a huge copper dome and an
and office of the Walter Reid the head office of the Mount elaborate semi-circular portico
Company Ltd. Morgan Mining Company. The with a Corinthian colonnade.
rear courtyard had high walls The building is a powerful
3. AVONLEIGH CHAMBERS topped with broken glass and reminder of the role
was the entry point for trooper- Rockhampton played as a major
248 Quay Street escorted coaches which central coast port around that
Avonleigh was built as a delivered consignments of gold time.
private residence for Mr bars from the Mount Morgan
Frederick Morgan, one of smelter. This building is now 8. EVANS AND HEARN
the Morgan brothers who home to the ABC studios.
founded Mount Morgan Mining 206 Quay Street
Company. He was also Mayor The former Archer Chambers
building at 206 Quay Street was
erected in the 1870s for the
pioneering Archer family.

9. ROYAL BANK OF QUEENSLAND

194 Quay Street
Built in 1889 as the Royal Bank
of Queensland, this was one of
the many banks attracted to
the city by the wealth of the
Canoona and Mount Morgan
gold strikes.

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10. QUEENSLAND NATIONAL 12. CRITERION HOTEL THE
BANK BUILDING HIGHLIGHTS
150 Quay Street TOUR
186 Quay Street The Criterion Hotel is a three
The former Queensland storey masonry building If you only have a short amount of time
National Bank is an imposing situated on the corner of Quay and would like to capture a snapshot
two-storey rendered brickwork and Fitzroy Streets. It has of Rockhampton’s history, visit one
building situated on the corner formed an integral and vital of Queensland’s premier heritage
of Quay and Denham Streets in part of the social and cultural streetscapes - Quay Street. The full tour is
Rockhampton. It was erected life of the town and City of available in the ‘EXPLORE ROCKHAMPTON’
in 1880 for the Queensland Rockhampton since 1891. app, which you can download for free now
National Bank for £8000 in from your app store!
1872 and by 1880, (the year 13. OLD POST OFFICE
of the construction of the
Rockhampton branch) the 80 East Street
bank held 40 per cent of the This grand two-storey brick
total deposits and advances in post office with sandstone
Queensland. facing was erected in 1892
for the Queensland Post and
11. TRUSTEE CHAMBERS Telegraph Department.

Known historically as the River 14. SCHOOL OF ARTS beneficiary of a conservation
Chambers | 170 Quay Street plan prepared in 1994. The
Trustee Chambers built in 230 Bolsover Street School of Arts is a continuing
1877 is significant for its The Rockhampton School of link with the social, educational
association with the life and Arts building was constructed and recreational aspirations of
work of Dr William Callaghan, in 1894 and is an important the people of Rockhampton
resident of Rockhampton from element of the streetscape of and Central Queensland.
1861 until his death in 1912. Bolsover Street. The building
It was the private residence is a fine example of late 15. CITY HALL
of the Callaghan family from nineteenth century Victorian
1877 until 1919. It is also an Classical architecture. It has 232 Bolsover Street
important example of the work formed a major part of the Rockhampton emerged as an
of Rockhampton architect cultural, social and civic life of important Queensland regional
J.W.Wilson, which includes Rockhampton since 1894, and centre during the 1850s and
four other buildings along has associations with a previous 1860s. Despite this building’s
Quay Street built in the Classic School of Arts building that expansion into the 1900s,
Colonial style. existed on the site from 1865. Rockhampton never achieved
The former School of Arts a purpose built Town Hall until
FITZROY BRIDGE building has been the 1941.

FISHINGJETTY FITZROY RIVER

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13 EAST STREET

BOLSOVER STREET 14 15
FITZROY STREET
DENHAM STREET
WILLIAM STREET
DERBY STREET
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ROCKHAMPTON ART GALLERY

62 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton
10am – 4pm Daily
07 4936 8248
rockhamptonartgallery.com.au

PILBEAM THEATRE

Cnr Cambridge Street and Victoria Parade,
Rockhampton
9am – 5pm Mon – Fri
9am – 12pm Sat
07 4927 4111
seeitlive.com.au

DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE

Bruce Highway, Rockhampton
9am – 3.30pm Mon – Fri
07 4936 1655
dreamtimecentre.com.au

WALTER REID CULTURAL CENTRE PILBEAM THEATRE DREAMTIME CU

Cnr Derby and East Streets, Rockhampton
8.00am – 9.45pm Mon – Fri
8.30am – 9.00pm Sat
9.00am – 6.00pm Sun
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LOCAL TIP Scratch the surface in Rockhampton
and you'll discover a city vibrant with
Rockhampton locals are customarily a lively arts, culture and music scene.
a friendly bunch – all that sun and
natural splendour create obvious The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres
reasons to be cheerful. Add music to in regional Australia and is the focal point for the
the mix with a love of the arts and performing arts in Central Queensland. ‘The Pilbeam’
you have an exciting weekend. A cool offers a diverse range of productions all year round
combination of noted music venues – from the best local, national and international
ranging from outdoor amphitheatres entertainers.
to funky bars, intimate stages to Explore your cultural senses at the Rockhampton
pristine concert halls - support a Art Gallery which is arguably the finest in regional
variety of genres for all age groups. Queensland, and one of the most significant in regional
see explorerockhampton.com.au/ Australia. The gallery's collection represents a cross-
section of Central Queensland interests and influences:
modern and contemporary Australian art, Japanese and
British Art, and art artefacts of Central Queensland.
Gain insight into our Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Islander heritage with a trip to the Dreamtime Cultural
Centre. Witness the diverse beating cultural heart of
our city through one of the guided tours on offer at
the centre. The Torres Strait Islander’s complex includes
huts, a giant dugong and plants particular to the
region. The Aboriginal traditional area is complete with
a replica burial site, rock art, gunyahs and traditional
ceremonial sites of the Darumbal people. The
combination of both distinct cultures within the one
complex provides the Dreamtime Cultural Centre with a
very unique appeal.
The Walter Reid Cultural Centre is Rockhampton’s
premier community arts and leisure centre and home
to many art, craft, music and leisure groups. Visiting the
centre is a great way to view local exhibitions and join
in activities such as art and craft workshops, movies,
photography, pottery, woodwork and rail modelling.

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MOUNT
MORGAN

Come and re-live the past as you MOUNT MORGAN RAILWAY MUSEUM & VISITOR
explore the hinterlands at Mount INFORMATION CENTRE
Morgan. Be sure to bring the
camera, there are many lookouts 1 Railway Parade Mount Morgan
and photo opportunities along the 07 4938 2312
way. [email protected]
mountmorgan.org.au
Stop for a bite to eat in the recently revived 9am – 4pm daily
Mount Morgan CBD. Walk the length of Morgan Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day,
Street to get a taste of the mining, rail and New Years Day and Good Friday
community history of the town. Give yourself Admission to Museum closes 3.30pm Daily
a couple of hours to explore, there is a lot of The team can provide information on guided
history to this small town that you will want to tours in Rockhampton and Mount Morgan.
take it all in!
Did you know that the wealth from the Mount
Morgan mine funded Persian oil exploration,
establishing the Anglo-Persian Oil Company,
which became BP in 1954? It also paid to build
many of the heritage listed buildings located on
Quay Street, Rockhampton.

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ROCKHAMPTON

MOUNT A
MORGAN
A

LOCAL TIP

Mount Morgan CBD

Nestled in the hinterlands of the
Rockhampton Region, Mount
Morgan’s CBD has been invigorated
with new activity, new life and new
beginnings.

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LOCAL TIP

Mount Morgan offers two
stunning lookouts that you don’t
want to miss on your tip. One
your way up the range stop into
Stopford Way Lookout which was
inspired by the Linda Decline
shaft and Winder that is located
at the main Mount Morgan site,
and head to the Arthur Timms
Lookout on Hall Street and see
the old gold mine and the scale
of material removed during its
glory days.

HISTORIC TOWNSHIP MAFEKING BELL

Take your time exploring the historic township This beauty was cast at the Mount Morgan Mine
by car and foot. Start your adventure in Morgan in 1900. Made from copper pennies donated
Street – see the Mafeking Bell, Running of the by the local school children, the bell was made
Cutter Statue and the Mine Hooter, then wander to celebrate the relief of Mafeking; a poignant
off the path to walk the Private Victor Stanley siege that took place during the Boer War.
Jones Bridge and then see the East Street Morgan Street, Mount Morgan
original gas lamp.

MOUNT MORGAN RAILWAY

Stop by the Mount Morgan Railway
Museum to discover the importance of
the railway industry in the 1880’s gold
mine boom.
1 Railway Parade, Mount Morgan
www.mmpad.org.au

MOUNT MORGAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM NO 7 DAM

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MOUNT MORGAN BAKERY GOLDEN MOUNT FESTIVAL

If you are looking for an excuse for a bite to eat, Time your stay around this iconic annual event
stop by the Mount Morgan Bakery. Try a famous, held during the first weekend of May celebrating
award winning pie or tuck into one of the best the heritage of Mount Morgan and featuring the
cream buns you’ve ever tasted. it’s the kind of traditional ‘Gold Dig’ and ‘Running the Cutter’
place where monumental food memories are Events.
made.
Morgan Street, Mount Morgan MOUNT MORGAN PUBS

HISTORIC MOUNT MORGAN GOLD MINE Stop for lunch or a beer at one of the local
Mount Morgan pubs. Let the historical items
Initially just a gold mine in 1882 the mine inside tell the stories, or get first hand recounts
expanded into cooper and silver. Upon from one of the locals.
shutting in 1981 records show the mine
yielded approximately 262 tonnes of gold, 37 RUNNING THE CUTTER
tonnes of silver and 387,000 tonnes of copper
and was once the largest gold mine in the The Running the Cutter Statue commemorates
world. Access onto the mine site is currently an interesting past tradition carried out in
unavailable, however the best views and photo Mount Morgan from 1900 – 1918. There are a
opportunities of the mine are from the Arthur number of tales behind this past custom, but
Timms Lookout. often “running” the cutter refers to the task
Queen Street, Mount Morgan which was carried out by a young local daily. It
is said that when a miner finished his shift, he
MOUNT MORGAN HISTORICAL MUSEUM would have a young lad run to a nearby hotel
with his billycan; his ‘cutter’, have it filled with
Brush up on your history at the Mount Morgan beer and brought back to him as he came off
Historical Museum. Housing an impressive shift. Now days the statue is the final leg of the
collection of relics from the towns earliest years Running the Cutter competition held at the
to the present, the Museum delves into the Golden Mount Festival each year.
captivating history of Mount Morgan.
Morgan Street, Mount Morgan PRIVATE VICTOR STANLEY JONES
SUSPENSION BRIDGE
THE NO 7 DAM
This Suspension Bridge is a replica of six
Chill out at the No. 7 Dam, (otherwise known bridges that were constructed over the Dee
as The Big Dam). With its picturesque natural River in the 1890’s. Named after the nation’s
views, the dam offers a tranquil place for a first military casualty to die in Imperial service
get together. Enjoy a picnic, use the free bbqs on foreign soil, the Private Victor Stanley Jones
and let the kids run wild in the high shaded Suspension Bridge was built as a joint project
playground. The dam also provides some by the Engineers of the ARMY and Mount
unique fishing opportunities with red claw and Morgan Shire Council in 2001 for the centenary
kayak fishing. of federation.
Byrnes Parade, Mount Morgan

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UP CLOSE AND

NATUREPERSONAL WITH

ROCKHAMPTON BOTANIC GARDENS THE NO 7 DAM SKI GAR
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ROCKHAMPTON BOTANIC GARDENS

6am to sunset daily
Playground and BBQs
Gardens Visitor Centre
8am – 4:30pm weekdays
Gardens Tearooms
8am – 5pm daily
100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton
1300 22 55 77
rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/ botanicgardens

SKI GARDENS

Playground and BBQs
Boat ramp
Ramsden Street, Wandal

KERSHAW GARDENS

Wyatt’s Wonder Web
Playground and BBQs
Wetplay Area
Moores Creek Road, North
Rockhampton

NO. 7 DAM

Playground and BBQs
Swimming
Fishing
Kayaking
Open daily
Byrnes Parade, Mount Morgan

MOUNT ARCHER NATIONAL PARK

Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk
Zamia Walk
First Turkey Mountain Bike Tracks
Open daily
Pilbeam Drive, North Rockhampton

RDENS KERSHAW GARDENS MOUNT ARCHER NATIONAL PARK


TOP 10

MMOUUNSTTA-RDCHOEsR

Mount Archer’s imposing and beautiful
silhouette has long been regarded as
an iconic landmark representing the
Rockhampton Region.

Think expansive views, natural beauty, nature,
culture and history. Every hill, creek and piece
of countryside in the area is significant to the
traditional owners of the land, the Darumbal
people.

In later years the mount was named after the
iconic explorers, the Archer brothers and since
then has been used for mining. It is now a
popular tourist attraction.

ROCKHAMPTON MOUNT
ARCHER

A

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1. PILBEAM DRIVE 6. GRASSTREE LOOKOUT

5km one way and quite steep. Located at the summit. 1.4km
If you’re ready to front up for return. Allow 45 minutes. Walk
fun and fitness, walk or ride up from the lower end of the
Pilbeam Drive. Be sure to take picnic area to the Grasstree
plenty of water and allow time Lookout to see the three
to return. peaks of Mounts Badger,
Sleipner and Berserker.
2. FRASER PARK
7. FIRST TURKEY MOUNTAIN
Enjoy a picnic at Fraser Park, BIKE RESERVE
on Mount Archer’s summit
while taking in the amazing Nearly 25km of trails. Up
views alongside the local the adventure with the new
wildlife. Picnic tables, electric readily accessible mountain
barbecues, drinking water and bike trails that are tailored to a
toilets are available here. variety of skill levels. Entry via
German Street.
3. NURIM CIRCUIT
8. BIRDING
Located at the summit, this
is a 500m circuit. Allow 20 Spot an abundance of birdlife,
minutes to enjoy impressive including the beautiful glossy
views from lookouts. black cockatoo, laughing
kookaburra, red-backed fairy-
4. ZAMIA WALK wren, striated pardalote and
Australian brush-turkey.
Located at the summit, 14km
one way. Allow up to 5 hours. 9. SPECTACULAR SUNSETS
The full Zamia Walk is a long
hiking descent from the Take in a spectacular sunset
summit through the national and watch the city lights come
park to the park’s lower to life at dusk.
entrance. It is best to hike
from the top and arrange to 10. CHALLENGE THE MOUNTAIN
be picked up at the exit on
German Street. Prepare with This event runs every
water, a buddy and means of September. Challenge for the
communication. title of King/Queen by running
or cycling your way to the top.
5. SLEIPNER LOOKOUT WALK challengethemountain.org

2.4km return. Allow 1 hour
to enjoy the first section of
the Zamia Walk to Sleipner
Lookout to see the distinct
pointy peak of Mount Sleipner
and its spectacular surrounds.

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NURIM LOCAL TIP
CIRCUIT
ELEVATED Nurim is the traditional Darumbal
name for Mount Archer. The
BOARDWALK Darumbal people carry many
dreamtime stories about the region
Mount Archer has always been a natural such as the story of Munda-Gudda.
beauty of the region, but now even more Munda-Gudda is the rainbow serpent
so with the newly constructed Nurim who left its mark on Darumbal
Circuit Elevated Boardwalk. The first country and is represented by
stage of this circuit has been completed Tunuba (Fitzroy River). The Yugu
and allows you to take in breathtaking (water lily) represents ‘coming
views of the region. The circuit extends together’ and captures the essence of
25 metres outwards, 7.5 metres high. the mountain, its people and all it has
Whether you visit in the morning or the to offer and is intertwined into the
afternoon the view is sure to make you style of the new elevated boardwalk.
stop and wonder at the beauty of nature.

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Mount Archer To Yeppoon
National Park

Yeppoon Rd Pilbeam Dr

Mt Wiseman Mt Ellida

QPWS office Mt Chapple Fraser Park
Farm St Mount Archer
Mt Nicholson State Forest

Norman Rd Mt Standish

Mount Archer Moores Creek
National Park
Zamia Walk

Bruce Hwy German St Mt Archer Zamia Walk

Moores Creek Moores Creek Rd Frenchville Rd insseeet Mt Risien
Dean St Mt Badger
Feez St

Pilbeam Dr Berserker Range
Mt Birkbeck
Bruce Hwy

Mt Berserker Mt Sleipner
Mt Dick To Emu Park

To Rockhampton

Scale 1 2km
0

Legend Toilets Rockhampton-Emu Park Rd Rockhampton-Emu Park Rd
Disabled toilets
National park Parking
State forest Barbecue
River, creek Picnic table
Sealed road Lookout
Walking track
Zamia Walk turnstiles
Mountain
Mountain range

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Set amongst the Botanic Gardens,
Rockhampton Zoo is home to more than 60
species of native and exotic animals and is free
to visitors.
In 2018 the zoo welcomed into its family the
first chimpanzee born in a Queensland zoo in
forty years. Introducing Capri, born to Leakey
(mother) and Alon (father) on 12 February
2018. The zoo is also expecting another baby
chimpanzee in late 2019 and are preparing for
the new arrival.
Zoo Keeper Talks
2.30pm Otters
2.45pm Rainforest Aviary
3.00pm Chimpanzees
3.15pm Wild Lorikeets
3.20pm Koalas
Rockhampton Zoo
100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton
Open from 8am - 4.30pm daily.
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FISHINGHBOAMERORF TAHEMUNDI

Rockhampton is the only city in Australia where
you can fly in, check in and boat out in less than
an hour, thanks to the CBD’s location along the
mighty Fitzroy River! And no matter who you
are, how you want to fish or what you want
to catch, the Rockhampton Region is ready to
welcome you.

CHOOSE YOUR FISHING ADVENTURE

For the recreational fisher without a boat or tackle,
stay in one of our CBD hotels where fishing charters
can ferry you quickly to a professional boat and the
bounty. You can also hire a boat, if you’d prefer to take
yourself out on the water.
Got a boat, but not a bed? Visit one of the many
hotels, motels, apartments or caravan parks around
the region.
Central Queenslanders looking for a short trip should
look to Rockhampton as a destination where the
anglers in the family can go fishing on one day while
the less inclined can enjoy a spot of shopping or inner
city dining.
If you enjoy your annual caravan and camping trip,
we have a variety of caravan parks close to, or along
the Fitzroy River with land based jetties available.
Mount Morgan No.7 Dam is also a great option, as it is
continually being stocked with Yellow Belly. The dam
has a speed restriction on boats, but is perfect for the
kayak fisher.

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FISHING EVENTS DID YOU KNOW
HOT SPOTS
BARRA BASH Since the time of the
SOUTH ROCKHAMPTON dreaming, the Darumbal
JUNE people, Rockhampton’s
BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER indigenous people, have
Team based tag and release called the fish with the
Ski Gardens event focusing on sports large scales barra-mundi
50 Harman Street, Wandal fishermen run by the (pronounced Budda-moon-
1 boat lane, 20 car and trailer Frenchville Sports Club. de) – the Rockhampton
parks, landing Region is the home of
ROCKY BARRA BOUNTY barramundi.
JETTY – SALTWATER
ANNUAL | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER BARRAMUNDI
Sir Raymond Huish Drive
Wandal The annual Rocky Barra THE MIGHTY BARRAMUNDI
Bounty is a tag and release
BOAT RAMP AND PONTOON – event, the first to introduce Lates calcarifer
SALTWATER photographing and releasing 80cm common length
of fish. The Bounty is tracked 180cm max total length
Quay Street Boat Ramp in real time with information 100cm trophy fish
Littler Cum-Ingham Park relayed among competitors Grows to 58cm in three
4 boat lanes, 1 pontoon and spectators. Proceeds go to years
enhancing recreational fishing
JETTY – SALTWATER on the Fitzroy River. Barramundi Legal size
rockybarrabounty.com 58-120cms
Queen’s Wharf
Below the junction of William WTF WOMEN THAT FISH
and Quay Streets
ANNUAL | SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER
NORTH ROCKHAMPTON
Founded in 2012, the Women
BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER That Fish Barra Classic (WTF)
aims to empower women and
Larcombe Street build their confidence on the
Access at the end of Larcombe water as well as providing an
Street via Glenmore Road and amazing friendly atmosphere
Macalister Street for all to enjoy. The Classic is
1 boat Lane, 30 car and trailer open to ladies 18 years and
parks, landing over.

BOAT RAMP AND PONTOON – fb.com/WTFadmin
SALTWATER
KING THREADFIN
Reaney Street
4 boat lanes, 50 car and trailer Polydactylus macrochir
parks and boat wash down. 80cm common length
Access at the end of Reaney 170cm max total length
Street, via Bridge Street and 100cm trophy fish
Goodsall Street Pectoral filaments scan
for prey
PORT ALMA
King Threadfin Legal size
BOAT RAMP – SALTWATER 60-100cms

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BOAT RAMP – FRESHWATER

Mt Morgan No. 7 Dam
1 boat lane, 8 car and
trailer parks


FISHING There are plenty of
locations around the
ITINERARIES region to cast your line.
Here is how you can spend
three days just fishing.

DAY 1 DAY 2

CBD FISHING EXPLORE THE FITZROY DELTA

Launch your boat from the Quay Street boat This is a big day of fishing! Over 70,000 hectares
ramp. If you don’t have your own boat you makes up the Fitzroy Delta. It is one of the
can hire one, book a fishing charter or you can largest delta systems in Australia and is a prime
even fish straight from the riverbank for both sports fishing area.
barramundi and king threadfin.
The best king threadfin location arguably in
If it’s barramundi you’re after, cast a lure near Australia is Casuarina Creek, which is at the
the rocky areas of small creek mouths such as heart of the Fitzroy Delta. Many trophy king
Moores Creek (on a rising high time), and for threadfin over one metre have been caught
king threadfin, focus on areas where threadies in this creek. Other notable creeks include
are likely to be chasing prawns such as from The Inkerman Creek, Raglan Creek, Connors Creek
Common area (near the North Rockhampton and the Narrows. A boat will be required to
Boat Ramp). access this area and a boat ramp is located at
Port Alma. Alternatively one of the Region’s
LUNCH IN THE CBD fishing guides can take you on an adventure.
You will need to bring your own lunch, drinks
Take a short break and enjoy one of the many and be prepared for a full day out on the
pubs and cafés on offer in Rockhampton’s CBD. water doing what you love best - fishing! Port
The Boathouse on Riverside is a great spot to Alma Boat Ramp, Port Alma - off the Bruce
enjoy a bite to eat while taking in the views of Highway South of Rockhampton
the Fitzroy River.
DINNER AT THE CRITERION HOTEL
ESTUARINE
After a big day fishing the last thing you want to
Travel along the 45 kilometres that is the do is cook dinner. There is no other place to end
Estuarine side of the Fitzroy River. Key sports a big day out on the water than the Criterion
fishing targets include barramundi, king Hotel. The Criterion is an iconic symbol in the
threadfin, blue threadfin (salmon) barred javelin history of hotels in Australia. Its famous cousin
(grunter), golden snapper (fingermark), black the ‘Breakfast Creek Hotel’ in Brisbane was
jew, pikey bream and gold spotted rock cod. built in the same year, 1889, with very similar
architecture. The Bush Inn Bar & Grill Steak
GREAT WESTERN HOTEL House is part of this wonderful old family-
owned hotel, serving good honest straight
This hotel and award winning steakhouse is forward food at very reasonable prices. It is
also renowned for bringing thrilling events naturally strong on steak, and its varied dishes
such as rodeos and professional bull riding to are of high quality, well prepared and well
Rockhampton in the arena alongside the hotel. presented. The public bar area is the place to be
On Wednesdays and Fridays you can catch live to share stories with the locals of that one that
bull riding but be sure you check the website got away. 150 Quay Street, Rockhampton
for details.
Cnr Denison and Stanley Street, Rockhampton

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FISHING CHARTERS
& BOAT HIRE:

If you don’t have your own boat, or your own
gear – but want to get out on the water, there
are plenty of charter companies ready to take
you out.

CHARTER COMPANIES

HOOKED FISHING CHARTERS

DAY 3 Rockhampton’s home grown fishing charter
company. Operating in the Fitzroy Delta River
RELAXING AND FISHING system and through the Capricorn Coast.
0455 888 855
After two hectic days fishing the Fitzroy, you www.facebook.com/hookedfishingcharterscq
may just want a bit of a rest. Take a day trip out
to Mount Morgan and explore the Hinterland GUIDED FISHING DOWNUNDER
for some relaxation time, and of course, just a
little bit more fishing. Offers a variety of exclusive guided fishing charters,
Burnett Highway, Mount Morgan with a maximum of three guests per charter.
0418187618
MOUNT MORGAN NO 7 DAM www.facebook.com/guidedfishingdownunder

Chill out at the No. 7 Dam, (otherwise known REEL FISHING CQ
as The Big Dam). With its picturesque natural
views, the dam offers a tranquil place for a get An owner operated custom vessel with shade
together. Enjoy a picnic, use the free barbecues offering a range of fishing experiences in the
and let the kids run wild in the high shaded Fitzroy River System to reef and pelagic species in
playground. The dam also provides some Keppel Bay on the Capricorn Coast.
unique fishing opportunities with red claw and 0499 883 434
kayak fishing. www.facebook.com/reelfishingcq
Byrnes Parade, Mount Morgan
BIG FELLA SPORT FISHING
THE HISTORIC GRAND HOTEL
Locally owned and operated specialising in Fly
The Grand Hotel is an historically significant Fishing, Reef Fishing, Sports Fishing with a mother
heritage listed beauty in the heart of Mount ship and smaller tender boats.
Morgan. Occupying a prime corner-block 0407512059
position, the Grand is an imposing two-storey www.facebook.com/bigfellasportfishing
brick hotel with a striking octagonal corner
projection. Built in 1901, at the time of its BOAT HIRE COMPANIES
construction the Grand was reputed as being
a first-class hotel for families, visitors, tourists CATCHYA BOAT HIRE
and commercial gentlemen. Today the spirit
of yesteryear lingers on, and the Grand’s A one stop shop where not only can you hire a
reputation for providing a first-rate feed and boat, but you can also hire all the accessories you
a friendly ‘consider-yourself-at-home’ style will need for a fun day out of fishing!
welcome remains. The Grand Hotel is the 0484 121 168
perfect spot for a good pub lunch. www.catchyaboathire.com.au

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FAMILY

FRIENDLY

With over 200 park and playground areas, including botanic gardens,
zoo, a water playground, go karting, skate parks and more, there
will always be something on offer for children and families of all
ages. We offer a huge selection of free activities for you to enjoy!

You can make a splash at the pool, waterpark, dams and some areas of the river. It’s easy to enjoy the
best that Rockhampton’s backyard has to offer without spending a cent. After all, the best things in life
are free.

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LOCAL TIP ROCKHAMPTON

If you are looking for something ROCKHAMPTON
fun for the family to burn some BOTANIC GARDENS
energy and cool off at the same SIR RAYMOND
time, the 42nd Battalion Memorial HUISH DRIVE
Pool on the north side is a great KERSHAW GARDENS
place to spend the day. With STAPLETON PARK
pools, water slides and mini golf, DUTHIE PARK
there is something for every level 2ND WORLD WAR MEMORIAL
of swimming, including non- AQUATIC CENTRE
swimmers! 42ND BATTALION MEMORIAL
42nd Battalion Memorial Pool POOL AND MINI GOLF
350 Berserker Street, Frenchville
07 4926 1515 GRACEMERE
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CEDRIC ARCHER PARK
WHAT’S
ON IN THE MOUNT MORGAN
SCHOOL
HOLIDAYS? NO.7 DAM
BOYD PARK
Want to know what’s on in the school MOUNT MORGAN POOL
holidays? Plan to break the boredom
by visiting the Tropic of Capricorn SPIRE DOWNLOAD THE FREE
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FOOD AND DINE
SHOPPING
PRECINCTS

ROCKHAMPTON CBD SANHD OP

The City Centre offers centrally
located shopping in an eclectic
mix of heritage buildings and
newer centres.

EAST STREET

Along East Street discover well-
known stores and unique shops
with some being family owned
for over 100 years!

STOCKLAND ROCKHAMPTON

This sprawling single level
centre is Rockhampton’s largest
for shopping. Offering the best
of food, fashion, home and
lifestyle under the one roof with
convenient underground and
outdoor parking.

Make no mi(steak)… There’s more to Rockhampton than just beef!

Experience the region’s abundant restaurants, The trendy dining, alfresco areas and great
cafés and bars and be prepared to open your atmosphere of the CBD offers ultimate variety in
mind to a startling array of dining options that eating out – great food, iconic heritage buildings,
rival any capital city! river views, cocktail bars, clubs and pubs framed
Feast on traditional Italian in a three generation by the spectacular fairy lights that line East Street.
family run eatery or break out of the CBD and The relaxed atmosphere of our city lends to
discover specialist eating destinations – with venues being accessible to families and groups of
Indian, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese all ages. Complementing our local establishments
hidden in pockets of suburbia. are a number of national and international fast
food chains and restaurants.

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LOCAL TIP MARKETS

Keep an eye out on the events calendar LUNA MARKETS
for popular events which see the riverside
come to life with colourful culinary festivals Check website for dates
and pop up shops that will tempt your lunamarkets.wix.com/lunamarkets
tastebuds and fulfil your retail fix.
explorerockhampton.com.au/calendar ROCKHAMPTON HERITAGE
The Rockhampton River Festival sees the VILLAGE MARKETS
Riverside Precint transform annually with
over 100,000 flocking to the event! There Boundary Road, Rockhampton
is over 1.5km of entertainment, food, art Every second month on a
experiences and unique market stalls. Sunday and special events
rockhamptonriverfestival.com.au 8am – 1.30pm,
check website for dates
rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au

KERN ARCADE MARKETS

Bolsover Street, Rockhampton
Weekly, Sundays, 8am – 12pm

THE HANDMADE EXPO MARKET

Monthly, Saturdays
check website for dates
thehandmadeexpo.com.au

HERITAGE VILLAGE MARKETS

Along East Street discover well-known stores and
unique shops with some being family owned for
over 100 years! Admire the heritage architecture
and discover antiques and collectables, home
wares, books, designer fashion and boutique
shopping. Littered with cafés, sandwich and juice
bars, you can spend the morning exploring the
area at your own pace.

STOCKLAND ROCKHAMPTON

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LOCAL TIP

Rockhampton Region offers a lively
line-up of entertainment and events
throughout the year. Be here for the
signature Rockhampton River Festival
event, catch a big one at the Barra
Bounty, have fun with the whole family at
the Heritage Festival or stroll-around at
one of the many markets that take place.
Become part of the exciting calendar of
events and immerse yourself in the laid
back, vibrant lifestyle.

CENTRAL QUEENSLAND’S

EVENTS CAPITAL

Rockhampton truly punches above its weight when it comes to hosting
carnivals, festivals and events. Our busy calendar rivals that of any big cities in
Australia, with more exciting events being added every year.
For a full list of our events, visit our online events calendar.

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ROCKHAMPTON RIVER FESTIVAL BEEF WEEK CAPRICORN FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL

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STAY

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Not many cities
can offer central
accommodation
with river and
mountain views.

Rockhampton offers a selection of boutique
and contemporary hotels, luxury rooms, budget
style and self-contained apartments, catering
to a variety of needs and budgets – many
located on the southern side of the Fitzroy River,
enjoying panoramic river, hinterland and city
views whilst being a stone’s throw away from
award winning restaurants, funky bars and
major events.
Recent developments along the Fitzroy River
have completely transformed the CBD skyline.
Modern architecture merges with designer
interiors offering exclusive accommodation for
those who like to travel in style.
If you love Rockhampton’s beautiful heritage
buildings, then you will love a stay in one of
many boutique hotels, bed & breakfasts or
even a heritage listed pub! What better way to
experience our unique history and architecture
with options to suit a variety of budgets.

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CAMPING

AND CARAVANNING

ALL ROADS LEAD TO
ROCKHAMPTON

A central hub to the Pacific Coast Highway, YAAMBA
Capricorn Highway, Australia’s Country Way
and Leichhardt Highway, Rockhampton is ROCKHAMPTON
the perfect place to stop and refresh after a
long journey. A MOUNT A
Check-in with one of our many friendly HAY MARMOR
caravan park providers and extend your
stay.

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// ROCKHAMPTON // MOUNT MORGAN

COUNTRY CLUB MT MORGAN MOTEL & VAN PARK_____07 4938 1952
FOR ACCOMMODATION_____________07 4936 1022
mountmorgan.org.au/node/70
overnightrockhampton.wordpress.com
SILVER WATTLE TOURIST PARK______07 4938 1550
DISCOVERY HOLIDAY PARK__________1800 815 563
silverwattlecaravanpark.com.au
[email protected]
// MIDGEE
RIVERSIDE TOURIST PARK__________07 4922 3779
KANGAROO COUNTRY CARAVAN PARK__07 4921 1799
riversiderockhampton.com.au
kangaroocountrycaravanpark.com
ROCKHAMPTON RIVERSIDE CABINS___07 4936 1069
// WYCARBAH
rockyriversidecabins.com.au
MT HAY GEMSTONE TOURIST PARK____07 4934 7183
SOUTHSIDE HOLIDAY VILLAGE_______1800 075 911
aradon.com.au
southsidevillage.com.au

// GRACEMERE

GRACEMERE CARAVAN PARK_________07 4933 1310

gracemerecaravanpark.com

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What better way to start your morning than with
fresh air, open spaces and the smell of the bush.
Rockhampton is the Beef Capital of Australia and
what better way to experience this than staying on
a farm in the heart of Central Queensland.

SFATRAMY

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