Nestled within the tranquil Botanic Gardens and adjacent to the Murray Lagoon, the Rockhampton Zoo is home to more than 50 species of native and exotic animals. It’s the perfect place for families to see magnificent and cheeky creatures, great and small in their natural surroundings and best of all it’s free to visit.
You can view our most intimidating resident, the ‘Colonel’ saltwater crocodile, or get up close to our koalas, kangaroos and the exotic lion tailed macaques. As you walk through the zoo you will be sure to come across our most loveable residents, the Chimpanzees. Always found roaming around their giant enclosure, their daily feeding show with the zoo keepers are just part of the reason why visitors keep returning to this special part of Rockhampton.
You’ll also find animals native to Central Queensland and observe the purpose built homes of wombats, Frank, Katie and Donna. A day at the Rockhampton Zoo is the perfect outing for families!
Keeper talks and feedings begin at 2.45pm and go through to 3.30pm. Please see zoo signage for details on the day.
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The Central Queensland Military Museum houses artefacts from the military history of Rockhampton and surrounding districts. It includes American Army uniforms from World War II and a room devoted entirely to Rockhampton history. The collection includes: Women at War display, Personal diaries, war photographs, Light horse memorabilia, Badges and Medals, Personal collections from Vietnam Veterans. All of the items are donated by the local community. So come along with your family and friends and explore the past at this very well presented museum. Tour groups and schools are welcome to come along and are catered for on request. Step back in time at the CQ Military and Artefacts Museum.
Koorana Crocodile Farm is a commercially operated crocodile farm and restaurant located half an hour drive from Rockhampton or Yeppoon. Gates open at 10.00 a.m. and fully guided tours are conducted daily at 10.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. with lunch being served in the restaurant between 12.00 p.m. - 1.00 p.m. Crocodiles hatching can be seen from March to May. Koorana has 3000 crocodiles. Last entry to farm is 2.00 p.m. and gates close at 3.00 p.m. The restaurant serves crocodile meat dishes as well as standard meals. Crocodile skin products are available including wallets, belts and clothing. Most crocodile leather accessories are Australian made and are sold at farm gate prices with CITES permits for export. Visitors have the opportunity to touch and hold a specially trained crocodile. No charge for photography. Also offered for group bookings or social functions are Spotlight Dinner Tours - minimum of 20.
Rockhampton's premier community arts and leisure centre is home to many art, craft, music and leisure groups. Visiting the centre is a great way to make new friends and join in activities including arts and crafts workshops, movie programs, photography, pottery, woodwork and rail modelling. The centre offers spaces for hire (gallery, auditorium, meeting rooms, rehearsal space) and an exciting public programme: Rocky Flix - contemporary World Cinema, Zteven Whitty Dance, Arabian Nights Belly Dancing, Exhibitions, Workshops, Theatre and Music Performances.
Mount Etna Caves National Park contains some of Australia's most cavernous limestone formations. Protected from fire by the limestone karst, dry rainforest thrives amongst sharp pinnacles and shady crevices. The national park is especially important to a number of bat species. Eighty per cent of Australia's breeding population of female bent-wing bats use a single cave in the national park for birthing and rearing their young. During this time ranger guided tours are offered to see the spectacular nightly emergence of over 100,000 bats. Tours operate during the bat breeding season, from December to February (fees apply). Outside of this time the track is open to the public. Picnic at the Cammoo Caves picnic area and go on a self-guided walk.
Archer Park Rail Museum contains several exhibitions associated with railways and the Rockhampton Council Tramways. Rolling stock and rail memorabilia have been collected from a variety of sources including private collectors, former rail workers, the Capricorn Heritage Rail Association (The Friends of Archer Park) and Queensland Rail. Purrey Steam Tram rides are available on Sundays between 10 am to 1pm free of charge, except on Family Fun Days that are held every second month where there is a small charge, and from the end of November until the beginning of February. The Archer Park Railway Station is located on the infamous Denison Street, (where the main rail runs down the centre of the street) in Rockhampton, between Archer and Cambridge Streets. This wonderful station is sure to have items to interest for many different age groups, and truly is a rail lovers delight ...
Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. Some specimens are over 100 years old. The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll. The Gardens now cater for weddings, private functions and guided tours.
The Rockhampton Post Office, built in 1895, is a good example of Classic Revival Architecture. The interior has been modified to suit modern requirements and the two street frontages remain as originally constructed. Key features of the building are the magnificent colonnades on both levels. There's even a central clock tower that has watched over 100 years of history pass by it. Rockhampton is full of magnificent locations, which remind visitors of the town's history. Let the Rockhampton Post Office remind you of that history and take you back to the days of the gold rush.
The Darumbal Aboriginal people welcome you to their traditional country and ask that you respect and enjoy this special place. Practical advice offered by local walkers is to drive to the summit of Mount Archer and walk the downward slope - your legs will thank you after you have finished the five-hour, 14 kilometre one-way adventure. Mount Archer is home to a variety of woodland birds including the vulnerable powerful owl. Glossy black cockatoos can also be seen feeding on she-oak seeds. If you wait quietly, you may see unadorned rock-wallabies come to drink from Moores Creek in the early morning and late afternoon. The dry rainforest communities are areas of high conservation value and include several plant species with restricted distributions.
Most WWI memorials are treasured for the local history they provide - the roll call of citizens who fought, forever recorded. Rockhampton War Memorial however is uniquely devoid of such detail. The 19.5 metre obelisk, made from locally sourced Gracemere grey granite, was unveiled by Queensland Governor Sir Matthew Nathan on 16 October 1924. Few WWI memorials in Queensland are of the scale or cost of this regional monument, designed by architects Hockings and Palmer and produced by monumental masons FM Allen for £2,654, the most expensive in Queensland. Unfortunately funds wouldn't stretch to recording the soldiers' names on the monument. An honour board was planned for the soon to be completed Soldiers Club rooms. One of the architects, Edwin Morton Hockings, had first-hand knowledge of war: he was wounded while commanding a squadron in the Boer War and served in WWI. The First World War Memorial is located in Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens. A gun, or war trophy, is located nearby.