Parks and gardens

Fresh air and fun with the family

Head down to your local park with the family and enjoy a picnic or BBQ together in the fresh air while the kids run around and play. For a relaxing afternoon with friends, head to one of our local gourmet delis for some cured meats, cheeses and croissants before laying out a blanket at any of our parks and gardens.

Visit some of Rockhampton’s larger parks:

  • Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, The Range
  • Fraser Park, Mount Archer
  • Kershaw Gardens, North Rockhampton along the Bruce Highway
  • Rigarlsford Park, Koongal
  • Riverside Park, Quay Street
  • Queens Park, Park Avenue
  • Fitzroy River Ski Gardens, South Rockhampton
  • Alf Kele Park, Huish Drive, South Rockhampton
  • Cedric Archer Park, Gracemere
  • Conaghan Park, Gracemere
  • No. 7 Dam, Mount Morgan
  • Boyd Park, Mount Morgan

Find a park near your new home by visiting the Council website to check out 80 available facilities!

Mount Archer National Park 

In Rockhampton, Mount Archer National Park forms part of the Berserker Ranges, easily accessible by a sealed road to its summit. Mount Archer not only provides a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton but plays home to a host of activities!

At 604m, it is our highest peak to enjoy the spectacular views of Rockhampton City, deeply incised valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and feasting cockatoos.

Mount Archer’s imposing and beautiful silhouette has long been regarded as an iconic landmark representing the Rockhampton Region. Steeped in history, Mount Archer has a wealth of natural and cultural and heritage value - from its significance to the Darumbal Nation, its namesake originating from the region’s first European settlers, the Archer brothers, to its expansive views and national park areas.

Drive, walk or cycle your way up and down the mountain to make the most of what’s on offer.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

Whether you’re after the ideal venue for a family picnic, a garden lover’s sanctuary, a fun playground for the kids, or the perfect place for some tranquil ‘me time’, the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is the tropical paradise for you.

Highly regarded as one of the best in regional Australia, the beautifully manicured grounds date back to 1873. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns delight the eye while you bask in the glorious sunshine or take the shady route to explore the secret corners of the gardens. The site has been heritage listed since 1999 and also is home to The Central Queensland War Memorial (The Cenotaph).

The rich, colourful history of the gardens expands to the upper gardens, with the tranquil Japanese Gardens, designed by leading Japanese landscape designer, the late Kenzo Ogata, as part of a Treaty of Friendship signed after World War II. Find your zen in the peaceful surrounds, koi ponds, winding trails and stepping stones.

The Gardens are open from 6am to 6pm daily – entry is free. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the endless grassed embankments under the shade of the giant fig trees or order a bite to eat at the Gardens Tearooms. The grounds of the gardens are also a popular spot to get married or take photographs!

Rockhampton Zoo

Rockhampton Zoo is FREE and open daily from 8am to 4.30pm.

The Zoo is nestled within the Botanic Gardens – the perfect day out! Discover more than 70 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits. Check out the cheeky chimps, watch the waddling wombats, hear the howling dingoes or simply get up close and personal with the koalas – there’s something for everyone.

Kershaw Gardens

Kershaw Gardens has been described as Rockhampton’s big back yard for all people to enjoy.

These magnificent gardens stretch one kilometre parallel to the Bruce Highway and provide an attractive, peaceful setting within North Rockhampton.

Enjoy the spacious parklands with walking tracks, wet playground and covered play areas for the kids, spacious picnic and BBQ facilities and spectacular photo opportunities including a magnificent waterfall.

Skate parks

Skate parks for skateboarders, scooter riders and BMX riders are popular spots across the region. You can find your local park at:

  • Alf Kele Park, Huish Drive, Wandal
  • Police Citizens Youth Club, Lakes Creek Road, North Rockhampton
  • Cedric Archer Park, Fisher Street, Gracemere
  • Boyd Park, Thompson Avenue, Mount Morgan