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Quay Street.

Quay St. : Rockhampton.

Rockhampton was founded in 1855, soon after the pioneering Archer Brothers settled at Gracemere, 6.5 km to the west. It was named by Queensland's first Land Commissioner, Mr W. Wiseman, who was inspired by the rocks in the river. You will find some wonderful colonial architecture in Rockhampton. Take a walk down historic Quay Street and you will find yourself in one of the most impressive avenues of colonial architecture in Australia, with magnificent sandstone and brick buildings featuring delicate iron lacework.

The Beef Capital.

The beef capital of Australia, Rockhampton, sits nestled on the Fitzroy River, directly on the Tropic of Capricorn.Many of the old stone buildings from the past still remain. Quay Street is a significant area as there are over 20 classified buildings of historical importance to be seen. Situated about 40 kilometres from the coast, it always seems to be a few degrees hotter than other cities that have the luxury of a sea breeze.

Coastal Beauty.

Tropic of Capricorn Photo.

Just 30 minutes drive east of Rockhampton is the Capricorn Coast which is exciting, diverse and breathtaking beautiful. The coast sweeps along the Pacific Ocean taking in the main townships of Yeppoon, Emu Park, and the Byfield rainforest north of Yeppoon. Enjoy the beautiful beaches, cuddle a koala at the local fauna park, visit a crocodile farm to see the baby crocs hatch, or tour the local coffee plantation. At Rosslyn Bay catch the cruise boat to Great Keppel Island and visit the underwater observatory. Activities also include scuba diving, skydiving, camel treks, fishing and water sports.

Heritage Village.

Old Stage Coach Restoration.

Fully restored horse drawn and motorised vehicles, steam engines and agricultural machinery are on display. It is enjoyable to step back in time and experience first hand the lifestyle of a bygone era.

The Rockhampton Heritage Village is located just north of the city and represents the period of 1850-1950 in a unique township consisting of original buildings and replicas.

Heritage Village.

Arts and Crafts.

The Rockhampton Art Gallery has the most significant collection of Australian paintings held by a regional gallery in Queensland. The Gallery also shows regular high quality touring exhibitions, and conducts an active programme of events including guest lectures, guided tours and chamber music concerts. Whether your taste is for music, dance, drama or comedy, you are sure to find something to your liking live on stage at the Pilbeam Theatre. The theatre is at the forefront of live theatre in regional Australia and plays host to some of the best local, state, national and international entertainers all year round. The Walter Reid Cultural Centre is home to many arts, crafts and culture groups in Rockhampton. Visitors are welcome to their exhibitions.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre.

To go back into Australia's past, visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. It is Australia's largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre, set on an ancient tribal site in about 30 acres of natural bushland. You can see first hand how the inhabitants of this country lived for thousands of years before the Europeans arrived.

Natural Beauty.

The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo are more than 130 years old, and are uniquely nestled at the edge of native wetlands. Walk through the Japanese Gardens, view the displays of tropical plants, feed the ducks on the lagoon and visit the Zoo. The Kershaw Gardens and waterfall represent an Australian natural bush environment, dedicated to native plants. Visit the Lakes Creek bird observatory and count the number of different species from the platform over the lagoon. Rising out of Rockhampton's northeastern suburbs, Mt Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city, and showcases a spectacular range of native Australia flora and fauna. Frazer Park at the summit of Mt Archer is approximately 604 metres above sea level.

Mount Archer.

Mount Archer views.

From the Mt Archer lookout to the north, you will see Mount Etna, this particular Mountain is famous around the world as home of one of the few remaining colonies of the "Little bent wing bat". It is a huge colony numbering several million.

Sunsets from the top of Mt Archer are spectacular, with the golden hues from the setting sun bathing the city as it becomes a mass of twinkling lights. Rockhampton has various national parks and walking tracks to discover the "Real Australia".

Capricorn Caves.

Located just north of Rockhampton is the township of The Caves, where you will find Capricorn Caves, Australia's largest privately owned cave system. Daily guided tours explore these ancient caves that boast spectacular natural decorations.

Capricorn Caves.

Tours range from the easy walking Cathedral Tour to wild caving on an Adventure Tour. A special event in December is the Summer Solstice, a unique natural light spectacle where sunlight penetrates a vertical shaft totally illuminating the cavern below.

The Fitzroy River.

Fitzroy River.

The Fitzroy River flows through Rockhampton, and is Queensland's largest and most picturesque river. You can enjoy many recreational activities on the Fitzroy, including fishing, water skiing, jet skiing, or rowing.

Enjoy a BBQ or picnic at the pleasant facilities on the riverbank parkland near the central business district, and stroll along the riverside walking paths.See the bronze bust of Rod "The Rocket" Laver, Rockhampton's World Champion tennis player, the only man to win two Grand Slam titles.

Great Keppel Island.

Great walking trails on this island, strenuous but worth it. Plenty of beautiful beaches and fabulous fringing coral, particularly at Monkey Beach.Watersports are abundant and the Wreck Bar is a great watering hole.

Monkey Beach.

Festivals and Events.

There are plenty of festivals and events to enjoy all year round. Just to name a few events:- In June there is the annual Agricultural Show as well as the winter racing carnival. August is the Rocky Swap and Multicultural Fair. In September is the annual Big River Jazz festival which features local and interstate jazz artists. Arts in the Park is held in October, as well as the Rocky Barra Bounty which is a tag and release fishing competition. For a comprehensive listing, see the Calendar of Events on www.rockhamptoninfo.com


There are five shopping centres in Rockhampton all with a variety of shops including national retail chains. The city heart has speciality shops to suit all tastes, or quench that thirst with a coffee from one of the sidewalk cafes. Accommodation in Rocky ranges from budget to 5 star, and includes backpacker's accommodation. Why not try a farm stay and experience life on a cattle station. There is a diverse range of restaurants available including Mexican, Chinese, Italian, to the beef and barra unique to Rockhampton. Sports fans are well catered for in Rockhampton with everything from lawn bowls to indoor rock climbing. Rockhampton is also home to Central Queensland University. With a student body growing rapidly each year, enrolments have already reached more than 15,000 students. There is also a large number of private schools and colleges alongside plenty of State primary and high schools.

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Links to Cruise Site.

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