Discover the best top things to do in Rockhampton, Australia including Rockhampton Heritage Village, Capricorn Caves, Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, Archer Park Rail Museum, Mount Archer, Rockhampton Art Gallery, Kershaw Gardens, FLOW Visitors Centre, C.Q. Military & Artifacts Museum, Alkoomi Adventure Farm.
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4.5 based on 126 reviews
This township museum showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district. Set on 11.4 hectares you'll experience life from 1850s to 1950s. Highlights include the Hall of Clocks, a collection of restored vintage vehicles and machinery, country hospital building, the old school house, doll collection, fire station, homesteads and cottages and extensive herb garden. Sunday Markets are held on site every two months. Open 7 days 9am to 4pm.
Very impressed with the layout , well looked after, so much history of the local area. Most buildings have been dismantled and rebuilt on site even a shearing shed down to authentic floor boards. The best I have been too. Love to go when they have market days when the volunteers dress in period costumes.
4.5 based on 510 reviews
Capricorn Caves offers a range of tours so there is sure be one to suit everybody's needs. The Cathedral Cave tour is the most popular, departing hourly, with wheelchair access and amazing natural acoustics in the Cathedral Chamber. Travel back in time on the new fossil tour where thousands upon thousands of fossils from tiny creatures to extinct giant beasts have been found by palaeontologists. Discover the secrets entombed in these caves over millions of years with our expert palaeo guides and hold real fossil treasures from our prehistoric past. This tour departs 3 times a day. Wanting to get off the beaten track? Try the adventure caving tour where you climbing, crawl and squeeze your way through the cave with the light of a torch till your surface on the cave ridge with 360 degree views. The tour can be adjusted to suit all age brackets and needs with family and adult only options available.
What a great way to spend a rainy day! Exploring the Capricorn Caves. My brother was visiting from the Gold Coast and we are locals. This was our first visit so we embarked on the Cathedral tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had a...MoreThank you Natalie C for your review! So glad you & your family enjoyed your tour! we would love to see you back on a family adventure tour =)
4.5 based on 580 reviews
Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are amongst the oldest public Gardens in Queensland. Entry to the Gardens and zoo is FREE. They open daily from 6am to 6pm. Located within the Gardens is the Rockhampton Zoo. It is home to over 50 species of native animals from across Australia and exotic animals from around the world! Its the perfect place for families to see animals in their natural surroundings. The Gardens Tearooms is the café nestled under the 150 year old Banyan Figs and offer a range of meals and refreshments as well as catering for special events. Indoor and outdoor dining options are available. The Japanese Gardens provide tranquillity and peace, while the Cenotaph honours our Australian soldiers.
This is a nice place to visit, but I think it's particularly good for kids. It has a small zoo, play area, walks through the different garden displays - the Japanese Gardens are particularly nice, there's a kiosk and plenty of seats with nice views and the best part is the price tag, which is free. It's very close to the CBD and in a nice setting.
4.5 based on 69 reviews
Archer Park Rail Museum tells the story of rail in the Rockhampton district. Housed in Archer Park Station, built in 1899, it features displays of rail memorabilia, a variety of rolling stock including carriages and engines, and the only working Purrey Steam Tram in the world (operating Sundays, March to October). Experience a steam train arriving at the station with the Digital Soundscape system. Open Monday to Friday and Sundays, 9am to 4pm. Archer Park Rail Musuem is owned by Rockhampton Regional Council. Rockhampton Region - gateway to Central Queensland.
The setting in the old ornate Archer Park Railway Station is just right for this very well kept museum, run by volunteers. You can ride on the unique old steam tram, on Sundays only, and it is a great experience. The museum itself has very well designed displays, and I loved the resin coated statues of ordinary travellers and staff from historic times. There is also a walk through section of old train carriages, which is worth seeing. There is supposed to be a cafe, but it was not functioning when we visited. Children and families would enjoy this place, as well as anyone who loves Railways.
4 based on 116 reviews
It is only a short drive to Mt archer from Rockhampton. The facilities are quite good, there are BBQ's, shelter, toilets and a decked lookout which is the process on being built (usable). There are walking tracks and great views to the coast and the town. It's a nice place for a walk or picnic.
4.5 based on 54 reviews
Rockhampton Art Gallery was established in 1967 and houses a group of mid-twentieth century paintings and works on paper that is arguably the finest in regional Queensland, and one of the most significant in regional Australia. Artists include Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Brack, Fred Williams, Grace Cossington Smith and Jeffrey Smart. The Gallery manages two art awards: the Gold Award, an acquisitive art prize worth $50,000 for contemporary Australian paintings; and the Bayton Award, a non-acquisitive prize worth $5,000 for Central Queensland residents. Through these Awards, the Gallery has re-energised its collection of paintings to now include works by contemporary artists Michael Zavros, Sally Gabori, Victoria Reichelt and Ben Quilty. The Gallery offers an innovated exhibition program, with displays drawn from the Gallery’s collection, and through hosting touring Exhibitions from international, national, state, regional and university galleries. A diverse range of education and public programs are offered to visitors of all ages, from toddlers through to lifelong learners. The Gallery has a gift shop, and is supported by Rockhampton Regional Council; Rockhampton Art Gallery Trust and; Friends of Rockhampton Art Gallery.
This is an exciting exhibition for admirers of Fairweather's work. His love of darker or less vibrant tones is well demonstrated with each period of his eclectic travels (& personality) is evident here.
The gallery also exhibits some Australian gems from it's collection: Clifton Pugh, John Olsen, Fred Williams to name but a few. Sadly the work of only one woman artist, Margaret Olley, is shown. How wonderful it would be to see something by Irene Amos, Vida Lahey and other significant women in this lovely regional gallery.
Overall, a very good gallery worthy of several hours viewing.
4 based on 79 reviews
We mainly use this as a place to park our motorhome overnight when in Rockhampton. You can stay 48 hours and the council have officers check to make sure you do not stay longer. There are no facilities but it has a nice walk beside moors creek and into the Gardens. There are large areas closed off for repairs and renovations and the there are mosquitoes. The electronic gym took a bit of thinking to get working and was fun to play with when we did
4.5 based on 20 reviews
4.5 based on 19 reviews
You'd never know how much is on display from the outside of this museum. The volunteers have created very special displays of local military history. You can tell they are extremely passionate about their work. It would be so easy to spend many hours looking at and Reading the well set up displays. Congratulations to all involved!
5 based on 10 reviews
Alkoomi Adventure Farm offers a campground on a family farm with stunning views. There are also Single and Double Cabins available with ensuite at budget prices. For a small fee it's possible to use the motorbikes, kayaks and go for a horse ride. Please phone 0423216412 before arrival
I stayed at Alkoomi for 5 days and had an amazing time. The family is realy sweet and I felt like part of the family from the moment that I walked in. They hostely wanna give backpackers a good time and an outback experience. Loved...MoreThank you for visiting, it was a pleasure to have been able to give you a great outback experience.
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