Rockhampton is often teased as being “the beef capital of Australia”. Whilst it’s true that the town does thrive on the beef industry, Rockhampton is a town of remarkably well-preserved historical buildings, heritage-listed gardens and is the gateway to the central Queensland coast and outback.
Plan your next holidays in Rockhampton
Dreamtime Cultural Centre
The Dreamtime Cultural Centre is a centre for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander culture and history. Take a guided tour of the centre where you will hear the unique sounds of the didgeridoo, see Djarn Djarn dancers (traditional male dancing group) and learn how to throw a boomerang. In the Torres Straight Islander Village you will learn about the unique culture of the Torres Straight Islanders and view their traditional artefacts.
The Capricorn Caves are a system of unique, underground caves located north of Rockhampton. The caves contain marine fossils encrusted on the cave walls, evidence of the coral reef that existed 390 million years ago. You can take an easy walking tour of the caves or an adventure tour where you can crawl through smaller caves, climb surfaces and swing on flying foxes. The natural acoustics of the caves makes it ideal for a unique wedding venue.
23km east of Rockhampton is the famous Koorana Crocodile Farm. You can take a public tour of the farm and learn all about these fierce, ancient reptiles. The farm also offers Spotlight Dinner Tours where you learn to spot crocodiles at night. March, April and May are hatching months where you can witness baby crocodiles emerging from their eggs.
Byfield Forest is a great area to get out there and experience nature at its best. It is pure, undeveloped terrain with plentiful birdlife, ancient cycads and Byfield ferns. One or two crocodiles have also been spotted here. There are picnic areas and camping sites to make use of, and endless walking trails.
Great Keppel Island
Located 55km from Rockhampton, Great Keppel Island is an island resort with 17 glorious, white, sandy beaches. You can discover the colourful coral and tropical fish by snorkelling and diving or by glass-bottom boat. The island also offers camel treks which are a unique way of touring the island’s lush bushland.
Best Western has a range of motels in Rockhampton, all within easy access to the local attractions and activities. You can book your Best Western Rockhampton accommodation online or by calling 131 779.