City of Rockhampton (Queensland)



The town of Rockhampton lies on the banks of the Fitzroy River in Queensland, Australia. The city has a population of more than 82,551 inhabitants. This historic area was first discovered by European brothers, Charles and William Archers in 1853. The city is blessed with fertile land and abundance of freshwater from the nearby river. The town's earliest settlement began in 1855 when the Government of the New South Wales declared Port Curtis and Leichhardt as new districts in 1854. The city has flourished economically and the constructions of new commercial buildings, school, a court house, and the regular newspaper began in 1861. Rockhampton was declared a city in 1902. Today, it is known for being the “Beef Capital of Australia”. The city also boasts of a number of famous tourists attractions and historical architectures. Given that it is located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the city experiences humid subtropical climate. Rockhampton is one of the most visited places in Australia.

The city of Rockhampton is included to the state Queensland and to the region Central.

The city of Rockhampton state has 60,827 inhabitants (2006 census). The maximum altitude is 113 m, the average altitude is 11 m.
The current mayor of Rockhampton is Brad Carter.
The french name of the city is Rockhampton, the english name of the city is Rockhampton, the spanish name is Rockhampton.

Points of interest

Rockhampton Art Gallery

The Art Gallery of Rockhampton, originally housed in the old city hall, was opened to the public in 1967. The museum displays a collection showcasing Australian culture. It features items and objects amassed by a number of local art collectors in town. There is a 1780 portrait of Dr. Francis Robert Tomkins, displayed in the museum since 1931. The Art Gallery was transferred to its new building at 62 Victoria Parade and was reopened on June 1979. In the year 2000, an amphitheater, a lovely terrace, new reception area, meeting room, and a small shop was added to the museum building. In 2008, a renowned Australian scientist Dr. Douglas Kagi donated a number of his precious collection of original prints from the British artists in 20th century. The museum features famous artists including Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore, and the pop artists Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Joe Tilson. The museum houses historical and contemporary art by many well-known Australian Artists such as Grace Cossington Smith, William Robinson, Judy Watson, Davida Allen, Rick Amor, Peter Booth, and Violet Petyarre. It also houses artifacts including Australian ceramics and glasses, Japanese arts, and international prints and photo-media works. Rockhampton Art Gallery is open from Monday to Friday (8am to 5 pm).

Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens

Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens were established in 1988 in an old rubbish dumping area in the heart of the city. It was named after Cliff Kershaw, the late Chief Health Inspector who was behind the development of the site. The land was developed since 1976 and several Australian native trees and bushes were planted around the area. Sprawling one kilometer along the Bruce Highway, the Kershaw gardens are a wonderful spot in the city. It features “The Scented Garden” where you can enjoy a very relaxing scent of Lily flowers, lavender, culinary herbs, scented geraniums, tea tree oil bush, Lemon Myrtle, and Murraya. There are picnic facilities where you can enjoy some tasty barbecues and a peaceful atmosphere. Young children will surely appreciate the swing and the monorail ride on the child-friendly playground. The most notable feature of the gardens is the “Rainforest”, showcasing Australia's famous flora and fauna. It is also home to a Golden Orb Weaver, the world's biggest orb weaving spider. The garden's stunning waterfall is a perfect spot to sit and savor a relaxing moment. The “Slab Hut”, a remarkable timber hut located in the center of the garden features native flowers and craft. The Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens are open daily from 8am to 5pm.

Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens

The Botanic Gardens in Rockhampton is one of the most adorable spots in the city, established in 1869. Covering an area of ninety-six acres, the gardens boasts of a number of century-old plants and more than 200 species of palms, cycads and ferns. The “Japanese Gardens” designed by a Japanese landscape architect, Kenzo Ogata is a must see feature of the Botanic Gardens. It offers a sense of serenity, a classic atmosphere, and a deep calmness. Visitors can explore the awe-inspiring Lassen Fernery built in 1939 by a local dentist Hugo Lassen. Also noteworthy is the Cenotaph, a war monument constructed in 1924. It was dedicated to the people who fought in World War I and II, the Korean, Malaysian and Borneo campaigns, and the Vietnam War. The Murray Lagoon, opened in 1883, is the most distinguished part of the gardens. This scenic lagoon was proclaimed a Fauna Sanctuary in 1902. The lagoon is a nesting place to a number of bird species and home to a great number of fish, turtles, and eels. The “Gardens Tearoom”, situated beneath the Giant Banyan Fig (ficus benghalensis), is a perfect place to enjoy some refreshments. The Botanic Gardens are truly worth a visit. These are open daily from 8am – 5pm.

Glenmore Homestead

The Glenmore Homestead is a historic site located on the banks of the Fitzroy River, seven kilometres northwest of the town of Rockhampton. It occupies an area of 20 acres and formerly owned by John McCartney in 1858. The land was purchased by the family of Samuel Birkbeck in 1864. When Samuel died in 1867, the Homestead was then managed by his son George Louis Birkbeck. The housed was officially opened to the public in 1980. In 1985, a souvenir shop was added to the building. The site is now one of the top attractions in Rockhampton. It has a number of old farm houses built in the 19th century, showcasing the history and culture of the city. It features a charming log cabin built by its first owner, McCartney in 1859. Visitors can also explore the slab cottage built in 1858 and the brick cottage built by the Birkbeck in 1862. It is also a popular venue for civil wedding ceremonies, receptions, and parties. The site occupied by the homestead was originally a gold mining area known as Canoona. The Homestead has won the prestigious John Herbert award for excellence in heritage preservation given by the Queensland National Trust. It was also listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992.

Capricorn Coast

The Capricorn Coast lies in the eastern side of the city. Stretching 150 kilometers in the heart of Queensland, this scenic coastline is one of the most visited spots in Rockhampton. There are amenities such as hotels, resorts, and cottages along the coast. The Capricorn Coast features historic villages, charming marina, and a crocodile farm which you can explore. It offers a variety of activities such as snorkeling, island hoping, swimming, and diving. You can also visit a number of wildlife sanctuaries and rainforest, or simply enjoy the view of the pristine beaches. Explorer James Cook was the first person to discover the Capricorn Coast in 1770. During the world war II, approximately 30,000 American soldier were stationed along the coast of Capricorn to protect this historical area. There is a well-preserved Chapel of St Christopher located in Nerimbera island built by the American soldiers during the war. The Capricorn Coast and the region of Rockhampton is home to the Darumbal Aboriginal people. Featuring iconic beaches and lovely islands, it is now a famous tourist destination in the country. The Byfield Range is a stunning hill in the northern side of the coast and home to a range of wildlife and virgin rainforest. The Capricorn Coast is a perfect getaway to a busy life of the city.

Archer Park Rail Museum

The Archer Park Rail Museum is housed in a century-old Archer Park Railway Station situated in Denison Street south of Rockhampton. It is a transport museum showcasing the history of a rail-based transportation in the town. The outstanding feature of the museum is the well-preserved French Purrey Steam Tram from 1909. Visitors can enjoy a wonderful ride of this remarkable relic of the city's tram history. The Archer Park railway station, constructed in 1899, was listed on the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992. The museum is managed by Rockhamptons Regional Council.

Sunday 9am to 1pm
Monday to Thursday 10am to 3pm
Closed Fridays and Saturdays

Mount Archer National Park

Mount Archer National Park is located approximately 9 km north-east of the city centre. With a highest peak of 604 meters, Mount Archer offers a stunning view of the town of Rockhampton. Sub tropical rainforest vegetation grace the park including eucalyptus woodland and vine scrub. The park is home to a number of bird species such as the glossy black cockatoo, rufous shrikethrush, white-browed scrubwren, powerful owl, and many more. You will also get the chance to spot some wild animals roaming freely in the park. Explore the Mount Archer National Park and reward yourself with a spectacular scenery and a great atmosphere. You can also treat yourself to a refreshing drink at the mountain-top cafe.

Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves lies 23 kilometres (14 mi) north of the town of Rockhampton. It was first discovered in 1882 by a Norwegian migrant John Olsen. The Capricorn Cave was officially opened as a public attraction in 1884. It is home to a great number of insectivorous bats. The cave offers a range of adrenaline-rush activities such as rock climbing, fossicking, and abseiling. Visitors will surely enjoy the Cathedral Cave Tour, a kilometer hike through a zigzag passageway by a candlelight or charming fairy lights. The Capricorn Cave has won a series of prestigious awards. It receives an Advanced ecotourism certification in 1997, Adventure tourism and Best Marketing categories at the Queensland Tourism Awards in 2005, and Steve Irwin Ecotourism Award in 2009.

Emu Park

Emu Park is a famous tourist destination, situated 45 km (28 mi) northeast of the town of Rockhampton. This award-winning park offers a variety of a very exciting activities such as fishing, surfing, and boating. Its iconic beaches, namely Fisherman's Beach and Pine Beach is perfect for swimming and diving. The most notable features of the Emu Park is the famous Singing Ship Monument. The ancient seaside houses built in 1870 is also a magnificent sight. The park is home to a heritage-listed site Bell Park, constructed in the 1930s. A visit to the Emu Park is a truly rewarding experience and well worth the effort.

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The city has its own airport, the Rockhampton Airport (ROK) only 15 minutes away from the town center. It is located approximately 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) in the western side of the city. The airport offers domestic flights, connecting the city to major Australian towns including Brisbane, Gladstone, and Mackay. For more information about Rockhampton Airport, please visit their website at There are reliable car rental companies in Rockhampton such as Redspot Car Rentals, Avis Car Rentals, Hertz Rentals, and Europcar. Taxis are a convenient way to travel short distances but the prices are a bit expensive. The cheapest and easiest way to get around the city is by public transport. Sunbus and Young's Bus provides transportation service between the city and the nearby tourist spots including Capricorn Coast, Emu park and Yeppoon. The railway station of Rockhampton, situated on the North Coast railway, links the city to Brisbane, the Central Highlands, Capricorn Coast regions, and the northern and southern areas of the state. You can also enjoy the city's wonderful landscape by a bicycle. Traveling on foot is always an excellent way to explore the surroundings. Rockhampton is home to a number of tourist attractions that is truly worth a visit.

Transport in Rockhampton

International airport
Rockhampton ~4 km
Other transport
Rockhampton Railway Station ~0 km

Hotels in Rockhampton (Queensland)

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Albert Court Motel

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4700 - Rockhampton

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Ambassador Motel

353 Yaamba Rd
4701 - Rockhampton

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Apartments on Palmer

5 Palmer Street
4700 - Rockhampton

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Archer Park Motel

39 Albert Street
4700 - Rockhampton

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Best Western Cattle City Motor Inn

139 Gladstone Road
4700 - Rockhampton

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Capricorn Caves

30 Olsens Caves Road, The Caves
4702 - Rockhampton

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Capricorn Motel & Conference Centre

703 - 751 Yaamba Road
4701 - Rockhampton

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Casa Nostra Motel

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4702 - Rockhampton

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CBD Executive Apartments

64 Bolsover Street
4700 - Rockhampton

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Central Park Motel

224 Murray Street
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Centrepoint Motor Inn

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Cityville Luxury Apartments and Motel

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Citywalk Motor Inn

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Cosmopolitan Motel & Serviced Apartments

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