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Rockhampton has a fair bit to offer in terms of shopping and restaurants. The speedway in Rocky also never disappoints.
Hayley W. 30 Jul 2015

Rockin' Rockhampton

The beef capital of Australia is perched on the Tropic of Capricorn and is true-blue heartland. Which means you can expect to see plenty of utes and hear a fair amount of country music. Rockhampton is a typical Aussie town, with friendly people and an optimistic outlook – and in true Aussie style, the locals affectionately call the place ‘Rocky’.

As one of Queensland’s oldest cities, Rockhampton boasts some fine colonial architecture in buildings like Customs House. Rockhampton is dominated by a number of large bull statues dotting the streets, each representing certain breeds farmed in the area. The statues are knockabout civic treasures – and let’s just say they create more than a few opportunities for some entertaining Kodak moments! But if the talk of beef becomes too much, you can always escape up Mount Archer or into the Capricorn Caves.


10. Kershaw Gardens Even when they’re fake, waterfalls are awesome! 5. Mount Archer National Park Australian flora and fauna with a view.
9. Koorana Crocodile Farm See a croc, hold a croc and eat a croc. 4. Capricorn Spire Not exactly on the Tropic of Capricorn, but most people wouldn’t know the difference anyway. Close enough is good enough!
8. Rockhampton City Art Gallery See how northern Australia does art. 3. Botanic Gardens A little piece of Japan in the heart of Queensland.
7. Archer Park Steam Tram Museum Situated in 100-year-old Archer Park Station and a good insight into life back in the day. 2. Dreamtime Cultural Centre Provides a fascinating insight into Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and culture.
6. Rockhampton Zoo Visit during feeding time at 3 p.m. to see the animals at their most animated. 1. Rockhampton Heritage Village Why visit a museum when you can actually walk through history?


Every three years around May is Beef Australia, when farmers from all over the world compare tips and chefs do amazing things to and with meat.

In August, the Rocky Swap is one of Australia’s biggest trading events. You’re sure to find many interesting things to take home.

Get your groove on in September during the annual Big River Jazz Festival.

If you are in Rocky during October, the short drive to the Emu Park Lions Club Oktoberfest is a must for one of the best Oktoberfest events in the country. You won’t want to drive home, though!

In November, join the cowboys for the Central Rodeo Cowboys Association Finals. Jackeroos (and Jilleroos) come from far and wide to watch and take part in the action.


  • Due to the Rockhampton’s subtropical climate, you can expect a wet season and a dry season.
  • Summer is the wet season, when the temperatures reach the low 30s.
  • Winter is the dry season, when temperatures can fall to single figures at night.

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  • If you’ve flown rather than driven to Rocky, you’ll need to rent a car to see everything. If you want to fit in, you’d better make it a ute!
  • There are also plenty of taxis around.
  • If you are staying in the city you won’t find many hills, so walking is always a cheap option.


With over 75,000 people, Rockhampton is a notable city in Australia. The Queensland gem is a magnetic holiday destination for many reasons. For one, a Tropic of Capricorn climate provides the city with on average, over 300 days of consistent sunshine. Rockhampton is also a major festival city and sits a mere 40 km away from the Capricorn Coast and coastal resort of Yeppoon. Points of interest in the city include Rockhampton Art Gallery, Rockhampton Zoo and Kershaw Gardens. The superb Rockhampton Botanic Gardens date back to 1869 no less and contain many rare specimens. Other draws for tourists include Rockhampton Heritage Village, Big River Jazz and the annual Rockhampton Multicultural Festival. The Dreamtime Cultural Centre preserves close to 30 acres of land and recreates a Torres Strait Islander village, with regular indigenous performance. For those who want to escape to the coast, the small town of Yeppoon and Great Keppel Island await.


  • Rockhampton Art Gallery
  • Rockhampton Zoo
  • Kershaw Gardens
  • Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
  • Rockhampton Heritage Village

  • Rockhampton Multicultural Festival
  • Big River Jazz
  • CQU Open Day
  • Pilbeam Theatre
  • Rockhampton Beef Week

  • Wild Parrot
  • Fountainview
  • The Edge
  • Saigon by the River
  • The Allies

  • The Bird Cage
  • O’Dowd’s
  • Paddy’s
  • The Anchor
  • The Berserker

    Rockhampton has a humid subtropical climate, with risks of cyclones and heavy thunderstorms in summer.

    • Summer (November to February) 20-32°C
    • Fall (March to May) 14-31°C
    • Winter (June to August) 10-25°C
    • Spring (September to October) 14-30°C

    Hotels in Rockhampton

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    From US$124

    1 Edge Apartment Hotel

    4 stars
    4.3 / 5 7 reviews

    102 Victoria Parade Map

    Chic and contemporary, Edge Apartment Hotel makes for an ideal retreat for business and leisure travellers visiting Rockhampton. This riverfront hotel offers comfortable accommodations and scenic... More

    Bad customer service and noise a major letdown
    On arrival the lady at reception could not have been more helpful and friendly, upon entering our apartment we were very happy to find a modern, comfortable apartment which was very clean and fresh...
    5 Aug 2015
    From US$77

    2 Ambassador Motel

    3 stars
    3.0 / 5 5 reviews

    353 Yaamba Road Map

    The Ambassador Motel Rockhampton is adjacent to Stockland Rockhampton Fair Shopping Centre, Sizzlers, cinemas, Hungry Jacks, Hogs Breath Cafe, Red Hill Homemaker Centre, Frenchville Sports Club,... More

    The Only Plus was the Location
    The Ambassador Motel was very close to the location of an event I had to attend. That was the only advantage. The pass-key didn't work as the batteries were dead in the lock. During my stay...
    22 Dec 2014
    From US$71

    3 Travelodge Rockhampton

    4 stars
    4.1 / 5 41 reviews

    86 Victoria Parade Map

    Stay 2 Nights & Save 10%

    Offering a favourable location and relaxing atmosphere, this attractive property is the right choice of accommodation, while visiting Rockhampton. GeneralThis hotel offers 5 well-equipped meeting... More

    Road trip
    The hotel suited as a place to rest after being on a long road trip from south of sydney before the final destination. The room had the basics and staff were helpful.
    30 Jul 2015

    4 Park Avenue Hotel Motel

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    30 Main Stree Map

    Renewed Rockhampton Hotel More

    From US$100

    5 Leichhardt Hotel

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    Cnr Denham & Bolsover St, Rockhampton Map

    Located in the heart of Rockhampton city centre, The Leichhardt Hotel features a sports bar and al fresco restaurant. Most rooms offer views of the Fitzroy River and surrounding mountains. Guests... More

    From US$99

    6 BEST WESTERN The Stirling Rockhampton

    3 stars
    3.5 / 5 4 reviews

    28-34 Albert Street Map

    Offering comfortable accommodation, BEST WESTERN Regency On The Albert Street Motel is an ideal place for families as well as business travellers planning for a pleasant and enjoyable stay. ... More

    Disappointing aspects.
    The queen room was nicely decorated, but I found certain parts of the room and bathroom dusty. Toiletries were lacking, there was a half empty bottle of bath gel and a shampoo, no conditioner. Tea...
    14 Aug 2014
    From US$92

    7 BEST WESTERN Cattle City Motor Inn

    4 stars
    3.0 / 5 2 reviews

    139 Gladstone Rd, Map

    Offering the very best in quality services and facilities, the Cattle City Motor Inn Rockhampton welcomes you for a truly memorable stay. GeneralThe inn also offers excellent meeting and banquet... More

    8 Fitzroy Motor Inn

    3 stars
    3.0 / 5 5 reviews

    78 Fitzroy Street Map

    Situated close to the city centre, Fitzroy Motor Inn Rockhampton offers an ideal base with comfortable accommodations for business and leisure travellers staying in Rockhampton. While in this part... More

    One night in Rocky
    The room had everything you need for a night. The room was clean and comfortable.
    7 Dec 2014
    From US$82

    9 Centrepoint Motor Inn

    3 stars
    3.9 / 5 9 reviews

    131 George Street Map

    Centrepoint Motor Inn welcomes corporate and leisure travellers to comfortable spaces with convenient services located in the heart of Rockhampton at Queensland. Vacationers at this value-for-money... More

    From US$23

    10 Discovery Holiday Parks - Rockhampton

    4 stars
    Not yet reviewed

    394 Yaamba Rd Map

    Ten acres of landscaped gardens, views of majestic Mount Archer in the distance and 300 days of sunshine per year. Welcome to Discovery Holiday Park - Rockhampton, on the Tropic of Capricorn in... More

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