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72 Hour Itinerary

Breakfast on the Quay

Start the day with breakfast at one of the beautiful riverside cafés along Quay Street and Victoria Parade. Meander along the riverside and enjoy the water features and public art while you take in the history of this forgotten port city. There’s lots of shaded areas to sit in and enjoy that much needed morning coffee.

VICTORIA PARADE and Quay Street, Rockhampton

Dreamtime Cultural Centre

Take a guided tour through the life of the Darumbal people, encounter a Didgeridoo performance and have your own turn at throwing a boomerang.

703-751 Yaamba Rd, Parkhurst
DREAMTIMECENTRE.COM.AU

Lunch at the Gardens

Enjoy a tasty lunch under the shade amongst the wildlife at the Gardens Tearooms and continue your afternoon with a stroll through the heritage-listed Botanic Gardens. Featuring a beautiful Japanese Garden and a number of interesting species to explore including the iconic Banyans and sausage tree.

100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton
GARDENSTEAROOMS.COM.AU

Rockhampton Zoo

Discover more than 60 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits. Animal feedings take place daily from 2.30pm to 3.20pm, and entry is free.

100 Spencer Street, Rockhampton
ROCKHAMPTONZOO.COM.AU

Sundowner at the Red Lion Hotel

Mix with the locals at the ‘Reddy’ with a craft beer (or a XXXX if you want to blend in) in Rockhampton’s historic suburb of Allenstown. The recently renovated hotel is one of Rockhampton’s most iconic hotels and caters for everyone. You’re sure to have a brush with the true characters of the city at this local watering hole.

138 Denham Street, Allenstown
Red Lion Hotel

Dinner at Pacino’s, Ribs and Rumps or Criterion Hotel

Enjoy a family meal in style at Ribs and Rumps, alfresco Italian cuisine overlooking the Fitzroy River at Pacino’s, or an authentic pub meal and Rockhampton steak at the historic Criterion Hotel. All a stone’s throw away.

Victoria Parade and Quay Street, Rockhampton
PACINO’S Restaurant
RIBS AND RUMPS ROCKHAMPTON
CRITERION HOTEL

Sunrise at Mount Archer Summit

Grab an early start and plan a sunrise picnic at the Mount Archer summit. Early morning the clouds and fog create a spectacular show as the sun rises which will make you feel like you are having a picnic with the clouds! The recently opened Nurim Circuit Canopy Walk is a must do for all fitness levels, featuring a boardwalk in the tree tops with breath-taking views of the city and surrounds.

Or you can take the challenge of the Zamia Walk located at the summit of Mount Archer. Allow up to 5 hours, this walk is 14km one way. The full Zamia Walk is a long hiking descent from the summit through the national park to the park’s lower entrance. It is best to hike from the top and arrange to be picked up at the German Street exit. Make sure you are prepared with water, a buddy and means of communication.

Pilbeam Drive, North Rockhampton
EXPLOREROCKHAMPTON.COM.AU

Visit Mount Morgan

Take a drive to the historic town of Mount Morgan, a former gold and copper mining town located just 40 kilometres south-west of Rockhampton. On your way into town, stop by the Stopford Way Lookout and be amazed at the views of the Mount Morgan Range. Inspiration for the design was drawn from the Linda Decline Shaft and Winder located at the main Mount Morgan Mine Site.

Burnett Highway, Mount Morgan
MOUNTMORGAN.ORG.AU

Mount Morgan Railway Museum

Drop into the Mount Morgan Railway Museum and explore the history of rail and discover its importance in the 1880’s gold mine boom.

1 Railway Parade, Mount Morgan
MOUNTMORGAN.ORG.AU

Lunch at Mount Morgan Hot Bread Shop or Number 7 Dam

Famous for its delicious cream buns, the Mount Morgan Hot Bread Shop is a great place to stop and refuel on your trip through the township. Why not grab something to takeaway and enjoy a picnic at the No. 7 Dam (also known as the Big Dam), you can find it on Byrnes Parade.

71 Morgan Street, Mount Morgan
MOUNT MORGAN HOT BREAD SHOP

Arthur Timms Lookout

The closest viewing point of the old gold mine site and a perfect photo opportunity of the township.

Hall Street, Mount Morgan
MOUNTMORGAN.ORG.AU

Mt Hay Gemstone Park

If you’d like to extend your day a little further, take a left turn onto Razorback Road when leaving Mount Morgan and detour to the Mount Hay Gemstone Park. The kids can fossick for their own thunder eggs and mum can check out the beautiful gemstones and pewter products in the gift shop.

3665 Capricorn Highway, Wycarbah
ARADON.COM.AU

Dinner at Pacino’s, Ribs and Rumps or Criterion Hotel

Enjoy a family meal in style at Ribs and Rumps, alfresco Italian cuisine overlooking the Fitzroy River at Pacino’s, or an authentic pub meal and Rockhampton steak at the historic Criterion Hotel. All a stone’s throw away.

Victoria Parade and Quay Street, Rockhampton
PACINO’S Restaurant
RIBS AND RUMPS ROCKHAMPTON
CRITERION HOTEL

Breakfast on the Quay

VICTORIA PARADE and Quay Street, Rockhampton

CBD Fishing

Launch your boat from the Quay Street boat ramp. If you don’t have your own boat, no problem! You can hire a fishing charter, or you can fish straight from the riverbank fishing platforms for both barramundi and king threadfin.

Quay Street, Rockhampton
EXPLOREROCKHAMPTON.COM.AU

Visit Koorana Crocodile Farm

On your way to Emu Park see Empire and Edge’s adopted Crocodiles – King Wally and Wendy. See a crocodile that weighs over one tonne, watch baby crocs hatch, and even hold one of earth’s most ancient creatures in your hands. Gates open at 10 am.

65 Savages Road, Coowonga
KOORANA.COM.AU

Visit Emu Park

Emu Park is home to the memorable Singing Ship sculpture, activated by the gentle sea breeze. Set against a spectacular coastal vista, the majestic monument commemorates the area’s legacy of Captain James Cook. Just below the Singing Ship is a viewing deck and boardwalk that makes up part of the new Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk.

Cruise the Scenic Highway

Cruise from Emu Park past spectacular beaches, the serene Causeway Lake, over Bluff Point national park and past the Rosslyn Bay marina. All with views over the Keppel Island group and the Southern Great Barrier Reef. At the end of your journey you will find yourself in the picturesque resort town of Yeppoon.

VISITCAPRICORN.COM.AU

Lunch at the Marina, or Yeppoon Lagoon

At the marina, the Waterline Restaurant showcases the best local beef, seasonal seafood and produce. This restaurant offers the ultimate waterfront dining experience with views over the bustling Rosslyn Bay marina. Further down the road to Yeppoon, the Rocks offers unique food experiences right on the famous Yeppoon Lagoon; a milk bar, a café, and a glamorous, world-class fine dining restaurant and bar.

VISITCAPRICORN.COM.AU

Drive to Capricorn Caves

On your way back from the beach, take a small detour to the Capricorn Caves, 23km north of Rockhampton and just minutes off the Pacific Coast Way. Accessible walkways and ramps allow you to experience the breathtaking acoustics in the Cathedral Cave on the hourly tour.

30 Olsens Caves Rd, The Caves
CAPRICORNCAVES.COM.AU

Dinner at Pacino’s, Ribs and Rumps or Criterion Hotel

Victoria Parade and Quay Street, Rockhampton
PACINO’S Restaurant
RIBS AND RUMPS ROCKHAMPTON
CRITERION HOTEL

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