BOTANIC GARDENS AND ZOO
From our majestic Botanic and Kershaw Gardens to local suburban playgrounds, many of our parks and playgrounds have dedicated picnic and BBQ facilities. No matter where you stay you will find a park within a 5 minute drive – perfect to entertain the littlies.
Rockhampton Zoo is nestled within the Botanic Gardens and is the perfect free day out. You’ll discover more than 70 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits. Check out the cheeky chimps, watch the waddling wombats, hear the howling dingoes or simply get up close and personal with the koalas.
Mount Archer NATIONAL PARK
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.
While you are visiting Mount Archer, be sure to include the newly opened Nurim Circuit in your day. Located at the summit, Nurim Circuit is a 500 metre walk with impressive views from lookouts. Take in breathtaking sights of the Region, both the morning and afternoon. The circuit extends 25 metres outwards, 7.5 metres high and incorporates interpretive signage of the local Darumbal culture.
The new and imroved Mount Archer is now open and if you’ve not been up there to take a look for yourself yet, you’re in for a real treat! With a stunning new amphitheatre - a new space to enjoy sweeping panoramic views, and seats over 200 people on locally sourced sandstone with an elevated grassed stage, making it perfect for concerts, events and weddings. There is also a new kids playground with Nature Play to enjoy hours of endless fun. So pack a picnic basket and take the whole family up for a look - you won’t be disappointed!
These magnificent gardens stretch for one kilometre along the Bruce Highway and provide an attractive, peaceful setting within the heart of Rockhampton. Enjoy the spacious parklands with walking tracks, play areas for the kids and spectacular photo opportunities including a magnificent waterfall, all in the heart of Rockhampton!
The historic township of Mount Morgan is a great day whether you'd like to take in the history and attractions the township has to offer, or enjoy nature at it's best. Take your picnic basket with you and enjoy lunch and a swim at the No 7 Dam and be sure to stop by the lookout on the way in or out of town to take in the spectacular views of the historic mine site.