Family Friendly

Rockhampton Pool water slide

One of the greatest things about Rockhampton is that it has all the amenities of a capital city, but isn’t a concrete jungle. There are plenty of spaces for the kids to play, beautiful parks and loads of holiday activities. Whether your children love sport, art, music, animals or nature you’ll find plenty of things to keep them occupied.

With over 200 park and playground areas, the botanical gardens, zoo, a water playground, , skate parks and more there will always be something on offer for children and families of all ages. We offer a huge selection of free activities for you to enjoy! For those with an itch to learn, Rockhampton is a city full of possibilities. From dance lessons, cooking classes, craft workshops to courses in print making and visual arts, the choices to keep busy and learn are endless.

Revisit the past at the Heritage Village or Glenmore Homestead, take a ride on working heritage train at Archer Park Rail Museum or explore a mine at Mount Morgan and discover its importance in the 1860’s gold mine boom.

From April through the October, Rockhampton experiences beautiful sunny days and very comfortable temperatures – warm enough to swim yet cool enough to enjoy the great outdoors. For the warmer days a number of pools and aquatic centres around the region are the perfect place to keep cool with lots of fun activities for water babies. You can make a splash at the pool, waterpark, dams and some areas of the river.

It’s easy to enjoy the best that Rockhampton’s backyard has to offer without spending a cent. After all, the best things in life are free.

Family friendly places INCLUDE:

Kershaw Gardens

The newly re-opened Kershaw Gardens is an entertainment hub for the whole family. Enjoy serene parklands, stunning waterfalls, walking paths and beautiful greenery. For the young and the young at heart there are swings, play equipment, a monorail and artificial waterway. The new wet play area represents the Fitzroy River and is a great little spot for families to paddle and play. 

Cedric Archer Park

Cedric Archer Park has a new Wet Play Area playground that features state of the art play experiences, shaded play spaces and soft fall. Additionally, with the assistance of technology the ‘Smart Play Fort’ can be used in conjunction with some of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story books. By downloading the App children can take a story book journey through the fort.

Rockhampton Heritage Village

Rockhampton Heritage Village is one of the most popular stops for travellers in Central Queensland. Set on 11 hectares of land, the village features a wide range of original and reproduction buildings, as well as memorabilia and artefacts portraying life in the region from the 1850s to the 1950s.

Glenmore Homestead

Glenmore Homestead is a historic homestead located on the banks of the Fitzroy River. Up until 1980, the old homestead was the Birkbeck family home and is now a complete original pioneer homestead complex open to the public.

Crazy Joker

Crazy Joker is a family play centre with children's play, parties and mother's social gatherings. With food and coffee available it is a great venue if you are looking to take a little time out indoors.

2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre

The 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre is located on Rockhampton's south side and features an Olympic Pool, a wet play area, a diving pool and a heated learn to swim pool.

42nd Battalion Memorial Pool

The 42nd Battalion Memorial Pool is located on Rockhampton's north side and features an Olympic Pool, a wading pool, bouncing pillow and putt putt golf.

Rockhampton Regional Libraries

Read, share, discover and learn with a wide and diverse range of resources to entertain, inform and enjoy with collections for adults, youth and children at Rockhampton Regional Libraries.

Rockhampton Zoo

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.

Riverside Water Jets

Riverside Water Jets are a new feature of the Rockhampton Riverside redevelopment on Quay Street. Cool off in the water jets and see the spectacular water feature by day which also becomes an impressive light display by night.

Archer Park Rail Museum

Visit the Archer Park Rail Museum on the weekend and take a ride on the fully restored Purrey Steam Tram. The tram is believed to be the only one of its kind in the world, and is a wonderful relic of Rockhampton's tram history dating back to 1909.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens Lagoon