Whatever you do, come to town with an appetite.
Dining out in this foodie town is serious – and seriously fun! It’s a little known secret that Rockhampton prides itself on its food and its array of dining options is testimony to this fact. Experience the region’s abundant restaurants, cafes and bars and be prepared to open your mind to a startling array of dining options that rival any capital city!
Share a cocktail while snacking on tapas in a Cuban bar, enjoy Japanese street food in a converted warehouse space , feast on traditional Italian in a three generation family run eatery or break out of the CBD and discover specialist eating destinations – with Indian, Thai, Vietnamese and Chinese hidden in pockets of suburbia.
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.
Live music events can be found every week in Rockhampton. Most of them are at the places you’d expect – heritage pubs, stylish bars, theatres and halls. But the city’s love for live music goes beyond conventional settings. You can also hear great local and touring groups at markets, the riverfront, art galleries and parks.
Book a river facing room for sunrises or city facing for sunsets.
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.
Spoil yourself and that special someone with a romantic weekend at The Denison Boutique hotel – luxury accommodation that takes you back to the 1880s with lovingly restored interiors and gardens. Elect to arrive in style in a 1938 Rolls Royce, live like royalty with four poster beds and period style furnishings in this gorgeous hotel.
When the sun sets and you want that perfect moment with your partner, lover or friends – what better way than to experience the sunset over our beautiful region? Pack a picnic and take a drive up Mount Archer to snuggle down to watch the sunset and lights of Rockhampton come on amid the cool mountain breeze.
Take a stroll along the river bank of the Fitzroy River. Sunset or Sunrise is perfect as the light dances on the water and creates a truly amazing atmosphere. Or if you’re already staying at one of the riverfront high-rises, take advantage of our outdoor living style by sharing a drink on the balcony while the afternoon breeze takes the edge off the warm days.
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