Top 10 things to do over the school holidays in the Rockhampton Region!

Mt Archer, Queensland
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1.       Discover over 60 species of native and exotic animals at the Rockhampton Zoo with chimpanzees, saltwater crocodiles, kangaroos, otters and an array of colourful birds in the Avery. Don’t miss out on the ‘Keeper talks’ in the afternoons where the expert keepers talk about how they care for the animals and what they like to eat! Entry is free – to plan your trip, head to https://www.rockhamptonzoo.com.au/Home.

2.       After you’ve explored the Zoo, take a short stroll to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and immerse yourself in tropical paradise. The Japanese Gardens provide peace and tranquility, while the Cenotaph at the centre of the gardens honours our Australian soldiers. Pack a picnic and set up near the kids playground or head to the Gardens Tearoom for some delicious food and coffee.

3.       Looking for some fresh fruit and vegetables to feed the kids? Why not take them shopping with you and head to the Arcade Car Park Markets on Sunday from 7am – 12pm. The Arcade Car Park Markets has the largest range of local fruit and vegetables, the growers are selling the freshest and tastiest produce, including organic and spray free produce! The markets also have a fantastic range of freshly bakes cakes, biscuits and chutneys, along with jewelry,  children’s fashion, timber craft and more!

4.       Take a short 35 minute drive to the historical mining town of Mount Morgan, settled on the Dee River. The town has a rich colonial history with artefacts and relics from the gold rush days. Visit the Mount Morgan Historical Museum or Railway Museum, check out the panoramic view from the Arthur Timms Lookout, take the kids swimming, fishing or kayaking at the Mt Morgan Dam or maybe stop by one of the local cafes for a bite to eat. There’s plenty to see and do in the small town, head to http://www.mountmorgan.org.au for more information.  

5.       Check out the newly renovated Rockhampton Leagues Club, home of the mighty Central Queensland Capras. Enjoy a delicious morning tea, lunch or dinner at the club, choosing to dine in the Bistro, Café or Thai Taste restaurant.  

6.       Take the kids for a walk up Mount Archer which is part of the Darumbal tribe Raki-warra clan’s traditional country. Choose to walk the short 500m Nurim circuit enjoying the impressive views, or maybe the 1.4km return Grasstree Lookout track. If you are feeling really adventurous and your kids are a little older, set off on the 14km Zambia Walk located at the summit. Allow for up to 5 hours for this one and don’t forget your water and means of communication.

7.       Do your kids like to read? Enjoy some peace and quiet and head to one of the Rockhampton Regional Council libraries located on Northside, Southside, Gracemere and Mt Morgan.

8.       Explore the beautiful Kershaw Gardens that stretches one kilometre parallel to the Bruce Highway. It provides an attractive, peaceful setting with spacious parklands, walking tracks, play areas for the kids and a magnificent waterfall. The newly redeveloped playground has a number of all-abilities features including an all abilities harness for the 30 metre double flying fox an omnispinner, a birds nest swing and sensory experiences. Pack a picnic or use the free BBQ’s to cook up a storm!

9.       Take a stroll along the Rockhampton Riverside Walk and enjoy the gentle river breezes. While you’re there, head to East Street where you’ll find an abundance of local cafes, restaurants and shops to explore. Grab a coffee or some food for the kids and continue your stroll along the majestic city streets, discovering the intriguing stores behind some of Rockhampton’s elegant, historical buildings.

10.   Fish the Fitzroy! Take the kids on an adventure and fish along the Fitzroy River. Rockhampton is an ideal fishing destination – the river is full of barramundi, salmon and plenty of other species to get you hooked. Whether you’re fishing from your boat or the bank, you are sure to take home a decent catch. 

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