Art and Culture

Scratch the surface in Rockhampton and you’ll discover a city vibrant with a lively arts, culture and music scene.

Rockhampton Pilbeam Theatre Chicago Musical

Pilbeam Theatre

The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres in regional Australia and is the focal point for the performing arts in Central Queensland.‘The Pilbeam’ offers a diverse range of productions all year round from the best local, national and international entertainers.

Rockhampton Art Gallery

Explore your cultural senses at the Rockhampton Art Gallery which is arguably the finest in regional Queensland, and one of the most significant in regional 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 and artefacts of central Queensland.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre

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, the giant dugong and plants particular to the region, with the Aboriginal Traditional area complete with a replica burial site, rock art, gunyahs and traditional ceremonial sites of the Darambal people. The combination of these two distinct cultures within the one complex provides the Dreamtime Cultural Centre with a very unique appeal.

Walter Reid Cultural Centre

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 arts and crafts workshops, movies, photography, pottery, woodwork and rail modelling.

Local tip!

Rockhampton locals are customarily a friendly bunch – all that sun and natural splendour create obvious reasons to be cheerful. Add music to the mix with a love of the arts and you have a vibrant music culture. A cool combination of noted music venues – ranging from outdoor amphitheatres to funky bars, intimate stages to pristine concert halls – support a variety of genres for all age groups.

Rockhampton River Festival Music