Boasting the only hotel in Australia with its own rodeo arena, to a public garden that could get you up close and personal with a croc, we sure know a little about adventure! Mountain bike off-road down the Mount Morgan ranges or challenge your friends at the go-kart track. There is an adventure to be had for all ages (and adventure levels!).
Traditional Owners - the Darumbal people - welcome you to their country and ask that you respect and enjoy the National Parks and State Forest in the region. Our parks and hiking trails are free and will get you out and about exploring our region up close and personal.
Mix with local exercisers and enjoy the river breeze on your face along the Fitzroy river bank. Take a walk or bike ride and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the iconic heritage buildings.
Go to Mount Archer early morning or late afternoon to capture the vivid sunrises and sunsets over the water.
Mount Archer not only provides a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton, but plays home to a host of activities! From the summit enjoy the Spectacular views of Rockhampton city, deeply incised valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and feasting cockatoos. With walks from 500m – 14km you can explore as much or little as you like!
In Rockhampton, Mount Archer National Park forms part of the Berserker Ranges and is easily accessible by a sealed road to its summit. Mount Archer not only provides a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton, but plays home to a host of activities! At 604m, it is our highest peak to enjoy the spectacular views of Rockhampton city, deeply incised valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and feasting cockatoos.
Mount Archer Must-dos
Mount Archer’s imposing and beautiful silhouette has long been regarded as an iconic landmark representing the Rockhampton Region. Steeped in history, Mount Archer has a wealth of natural and cultural and heritage value. From its significance to the Darumbal Nation, to its namesake originating from the region’s first European settlers, the Archer brothers, to its expansive views and national park areas. Drive, walk or cycle your way up and down the mountain to make the most of what’s on offer.
5km one way. Steep. If you’re ready to front up for fun and fitness, walk or ride up Pilbeam Drive. Be sure to take plenty of water and allow time to return.
Enjoy a picnic at Fraser Park, on Mount Archer’s summit while taking in the amazing views alongside the local wildlife. Picnic tables, electric barbecues, drinking water and toilets are provided.
Located at the summit. 500m circuit. Allow 20 mins to enjoy impressive views from lookouts.
Located at the summit. 14km one way. Allow up to 5 hours. The full Zamia Walk is a long hiking descent from the summit through the national park to the park’s lower entrance. It is best to hike from the top and arrange to be picked up at the exit at German Street. Prepare with water, a buddy and means of communication.
Sleipner Lookout Walk
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.
Located at the summit. 1.4 km return. Allow 45 minutes. Walk from the lower end of the picnic area to the Grasstree Lookout to see the three peaks of Mounts Badger, Sleipner and Berserker.
First Turkey Mountain Bike Reserve
Nearly 25km of trails. Up the adventure with the new readily accessible mountain bike trails that are tailored to a variety of skill levels. Entry via German Street. Rockhampton Mountain Bike Club has all the details.
Spot an abundance of birdlife, including the beautiful Glossy Black Cockatoo, Laughing Kookaburra, Red-backed Fairy-wren, Striated Pardalote and Australian Brush-turkey.
Take in a spectacular sunset, and watch the city lights come to life at dusk.
Challenge the Mountain
Event runs every September. Challenge for the title of King/Queen by running or cycling your way to the top.
Did you know?
Nurim is the Darumbal traditional name for Mount Archer. The Story of Munda-Gudda tells of how the rainbow serpent left its mark on Darumbal country and is represented by Tunuba (Fitzroy River). The Yugu (water lily) represents ‘coming together’ and captures the essence of the mountain, its people and all it has to offer.