Escape to tropical Rockhampton! Enjoy its riverfront, gardens, and natural setting.

Discover a streetscape speckled with grand Victorian-era buildings and sprawling public parks in Rockhampton. Experiencing more than 300 days of annual sunshine, the regional city is a farming hub with a reputation for great steaks and picturesque pastures. Get a taste for country Queensland at the rodeo and explore beautiful gardens with a backdrop of the forested foothills of Mount Archer.

Step back in time when you stroll around Rockhampton’s heritage streets. Along the city’s riverfront, you’ll find a stretch of fine sandstone buildings. See the grand old Customs House, the Post Office, St Joseph’s Cathedral and a pretty Victorian-era bank. Get a deeper insight into the city’s colonial past at the Rockhampton Heritage Village, where you’ll find an informative open-air museum. Visit a 100-year-old railway station to find the fascinating Archer Park Rail Museum.

As you walk around the city streets, you might spot the bull statues that represent the different breeds of cattle that are significant to the area. Cowboy culture lives on at the weekly rodeo held at the back of the Great Western Hotel.

Known as Toonooba to the local Darambal Aboriginal people, the Fitzroy River covers an important heritage area flowing through the center of the city. There are several riverfront parks, such as Queens Park and Riverside Park, where you can relax and enjoy the views. Nearby, you’ll find the magnificent Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and the free-entry Rockhampton Zoo on the banks of the Murray Lagoon.

Check out the region’s woodland wilderness when you visit Mount Archer National Park, which has a summit trail and a viewpoint that overlooks the city and surrounds. Learn about the region’s Aboriginal heritage when you explore the interpretive bushland trails at the Dreamtime Cultural Centre.

Rockhampton is located in Central Queensland, approximately a half-hour drive inland from the stunning Capricorn Coast. The city has a major regional airport and is also connected to surrounding cities by rail. Explore Rockhampton by car or local bus. There is a wide range of accommodations in Rockhampton, from inner-city inns to luxurious hotels. Rocky, as locals know it, is a captivating city in Central Queensland’s farming heartland.

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Rivers, Tropical and Tours

Top Hotels in Rockhampton

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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The Cosmopolitan Motel and Serviced Apartments
3.5 out of 5
11 Albert Street, Rockhampton, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
$55
per night
Sep 29 - Sep 30
3.9/5Very Good! (328 reviews)

"Great place to stay, staff are amazing, could not do enough for me."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

The Cosmopolitan Motel and Serviced Apartments
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Hampton Villa Motel
3 out of 5
29, Alma Street, Rockhampton, QLD
$48
per night
Sep 23 - Sep 24
4/5Very Good! (215 reviews)

"Very close to everything, very handy spot. Staff were friendly and helpful."…"

Reviewed on Aug 31, 2019

Hampton Villa Motel
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Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton
4 out of 5
86 Victoria Parade, Rockhampton, QLD
$64
per night
Sep 27 - Sep 28
4/5Very Good! (905 reviews)

"Exceeded our expectations. Popped in for a night during the festival. No complaints. Good value for the location. A comfortable stay."…"

Reviewed on Jul 15, 2019

Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton

Popular things to do in Rockhampton

Capricorn Caves
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Capricorn Caves

Weave your way around a fascinating complex of caves, where you’ll find an eerie cathedral, a rock-climbing course and wildlife amid the geological wonders.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo
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Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo

Gaze in awe at towering fig trees or find tranquility amid the ferns in this heritage-listed garden, which also features a zoo that showcases native and exotic wildlife.

Mount Archer National Park
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Mount Archer National Park

Get a closer look at Rockhampton’s dramatic mountain backdrop when you explore the network of hiking trails that traverse the bushland plateau.

Top activities in Rockhampton

Guided Cathedral Cave Tour of the Capricorn Caves
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Guided Cathedral Cave Tour of the Capricorn Caves

$24

Venture into a realm of wonder and geological history on the immersive Cathedral Cave tour. As you explore the beautiful Capricorn Caves, visit the impressive Cathedral Cave itself, learning about the natural origins and early explorers of the labyrinthine caverns.

Capricorn Caves Adventure Caving
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Capricorn Caves Adventure Caving

$62

This limestone playground boasts a number of challenging adventure caving routes; catering to all skill and fitness levels.

Capricorn Caves Fossil Tour
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Capricorn Caves Fossil Tour

$28

Travel back in time on a fossil tour at Capricorn Caves. Discover the secrets entombed in these caves over millions of years with our expert palaeo guides and hold real fossil treasures from our prehistoric past.