Visiting the Beef Capital of Australia is not complete without a trip to the Central Queensland Livestock Exchange. These saleyards handle the largest quantity of export beef cattle in Queensland. Sales are held regularly and nothing will quite prepare you for the sea of cattle on show! Take in the sights and sounds (and smells I’m sure) with a sneak peek into the industry that put our region on the map worldwide. While you're here don't forget to download a copy of our 'Where's the Beef' Bull Map. Rockhampton is well known for the bull statues located in various locations around the city, which unbeknown to many, each hold a part of Rockhampton’s history. Take your self guided ‘Where’s the Beef’ tour to explore the history of the statues.
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 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.
For a taste of gold old fashion country entertainment and southern hospitality head to The Great Western Hotel for a live rodeo! At over 130 years old the hotel building has stood the test of time, and with little imagination you can envisage a row of horses tied up out the front waiting for their owners to be ready for home time instead of the 4WDs that line the street now. Head outback to the 2000 seat arena and join the other spectators cheering and holding their breath as they watch each rider hold desperately to the single rope for those drawn out 7 seconds.
For modern Australian history buffs, visit the historic Mount Morgan Township. The town offers an ideal opportunity to delve into the area’s early successes and discover its fascinating past! Through impressive attractions, museums and tours of the town relive its importance in shaping Australia’s gold mining history.
Follow on the history lesson with a visit to the Heritage Village. Step back in time at this friendly township museum which showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district 1850 – 1950. Every second month, The Rockhampton Heritage Village Markets bring the village to life with over 120 stall holders and displays. As you wander around you are offered the opportunity to try a range of transport options including horses and ponies, a horse and cart, a vintage double decker bus, vintage fire engine and several other vintage vehicles. There is a range of amazing heritage exhibitions to see including a hall of clocks, a room full of old dolls, a timber cutters camp with some great examples of early tools, a blacksmith shop, homesteads and cottages, lots of vintage machinery and some great engines.
THE Top 15 things to do
in the Rockhampton Region
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 wet play area represents the Fitzroy River and is for families to paddle and play. Moores Creek Road, North Rockhampton 1300 22 55 77 rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/FacilitiesRecreation
ROCKHAMPTON BOTANIC GARDENS
Enjoy the best tropical climate Queensland has to offer by exploring the delights of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens. One of the best in regional Australia. 100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton 1300 22 55 77 rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/botanicgardens
Discover more than 70 species from across Australia and exotic animals from around the world in tropical rainforest and outback Australia exhibits. 100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton 1300 22 55 77 rockhamptonregion.qld.gov.au/zoo
Explore Rockhampton from above on the Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk, with views spanning across the region. Bush walk, ride your bike or drive up the mountain to enjoy the serene landscapes. Pilbeam Drive, North Rockhampton explorerockhampton.com.au/nature
CATCH A BARRAMUNDI
Rockhampton Region is fast becoming known as the ‘Home of the Barramundi.’ Throw a line in at one of many hotspots along the Fitzroy River and Port Alma. explorerockhampton.com.au/fishing
CBD HERITAGE WALK
Rockhampton is full of elegant buildings stemming from its rich merchant, maritime and gold-rush heritage, with much of the strip being heritage listed. Download your CBD Heritage Tour Map and take the full tour! explorerockhampton.com.au/heritage
All history buffs should visit the Mount Morgan Township. Through attractions, museums and tours, relive its part in shaping Australia’s gold mining history. Mount Morgan Railway Museum & Tourist Information Centre, 1 Railway Parade, Mount Morgan (07) 4938 2312
TROPIC OF CAPRICORN SPIRE
Snap a selfie on the threshold between the tropical and the temperate beside the Tropic of Capricorn Spire. Our Visitor Information Centre is also here. 176 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton (07) 4936 8000
ROCKHAMPTON HERITAGE VILLAGE
Step back in time at this friendly township museum which showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district 1850 - 1950. 296 Boundary Road, North Rockhampton (07) 4936 8688 heritagevillage.com.au
The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres in regional Australia and is the focal point for the performing arts in Central Queensland. Cnr Victoria Pde and Cambridge Street, Rockhampton (07) 4927 4111 seeitlive.com.au
ROCKHAMPTON ART GALLERY
Rockhampton Art Gallery was established in 1967 and houses the finest collection of mid-twentieth century Australian art in regional Queensland.
62 Victoria Parade Rockhampton (07) 4936 8248 rockhamptonartgallery.com.au
ARCHER PARK RAIL MUSEUM
Featuring a restored Purrey Steam Tram, one of nine tramcars that operated in Rockhampton in the early 20th century, the last of its kind in operation.
51-87 Denison Street Rockhampton (07) 4936 8191 or (07) 4922 2774 qldrailheritage.com/archerpark
Head out back to the 2,000 seat arena and join spectators cheering and holding their breath as they watch riders hold to the single rope for those epic 8 seconds.
39 Stanley Street, Rockhampton (07) 4922 3888 greatwesternhotel.com.au
CQ LIVESTOCK EXCHANGE
Visiting the Beef Capital is not complete without visiting the Livestock Exchange. Sales are held regularly and nothing will prepare you for the sea of cattle!
16 Saleyard Road, Gracemere (07) 4933 7300 fb.com/CQLXGracemere
DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE
Gain insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Witness the diverse beating cultural heart of our city.
Bruce Highway, Rockhampton (07) 4936 1655 dreamtimecentre.com.au
MT HAY GEMSTONE PARK
The remains of an extinct ancient volcano last active about 120 million years ago, Mt Hay provides you the opportunity to fossick for thundereggs.
3665 Capricorn Highway, Wycarbah (07) 4934 7183 aradon.com.au