The Best Parks for Kids in the Rockhampton Region

Published on 07 May 2019

Children in playground

Swing, climb, slide, slip and dip across the best playgrounds around! Rockhampton is home to some of the best kid’s parks in Queensland. These parks include something for everyone; modern playground equipment, water play areas, skate parks, fitness circuits, open grassed spaces and sports fields. Offering some of the best free things to do in the Rockhampton Region. Here are some of our top picks.

Kershaw Gardens, Rockhampton

Location: Moores Creek Road, Rockhampton

This is THE PLACE to stop if you have children!

Since 1988, the Gardens has undertaken a number of significant changes, but none more so than the redevelopment of the Central section which was finalised in the winter 2018. Built for families, parties, small events and outdoor activities the central section of the Kershaw Gardens is a must do. Don't miss:

Wyatt's Wonder Web: Originally designed for New York’s Central Park, Wyatt’s Wonder Web includes five levels of play for kids and adults too. Standing at nine metres high, climb through various obstacles including climbing ropes, ladders, tunnels, three slides and swinging hammocks on the top level. This iconic play area is named in honour of Tom Wyatt, a former Curator, Parks Director and Councillor who designed and developed Kershaw Gardens. Accessibility of the Wyatt's Wonder Web will vary from child to child depending on their individual circumstances.

Fitzroy River water play area: Prepared to get your toes wet in the 200mm deep meandering water course was designed to represent the flow of water through the Fitzroy River from Riverslea out to the sea. It also comes complete with its very own barrage! Plenty of vantage points around the water play area to watch the kids from. 

You can also get peddling on the famous monorail, hold tight as you launch from the flying fox and keep your balance as you make your way over the timber play towers. And when you are ready for some food and socialising? Use the free BBQ to cook up a storm, book into your local activities using the free Wi-Fi, enjoy good company under the shaded buildings. Of course, there is a new amenities building to use while you spend your day having fun!

A Kershaw Gardens Map is available here to download

Botanic Gardens, Rockhampton

Location: Spencer Street, West Rockhampton

What better way to enjoy the best tropical climate Rockhampton has to offer than by exploring and discovering the delights of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, regarded as one of the best in regional Australia.

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 Botanic Gardens is the tropical paradise for you.

The playground offers a large open area for children to play surrounded by the beautiful Botanic Gardens. The nearby Zoo has free entry and daily feed times begin at 2:30pm.  

Cedric Archer Park, Gracemere

Location: Fisher Street, Gracemere

The Cedric Archer Park playground features state of the art play experiences, shaded play spaces and soft fall. Additionally, with the assistance of technology the ‘Smart Play Fort’ can be used in conjunction with some of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story books. By downloading the App children can take a story book journey through the fort.

Cedric Archer Park has since opened a brand new street plaza style skate park and wet play area, complete with giant shade sails, mega soakers, tipping buckets and spray tunnels. Cedric Archer Park definitely is one of the most colourful and playful parks in our Region, and there is a great variety of equipment for kids of all ages.

No. 7 Dam, Mount Morgan

Location: Byrnes Parade, Mount Morgan

The Number 7 Dam (otherwise known as The Big Dam) provides a perfect spot for many recreational activities. With its picturesque natural views, the Dam offers a tranquil place for a get together, with barbeque and picnic areas available. The area is also home to the town's newest district shaded covered playground - including 11 different types of playground equipment, outdoor gym equipment, picnic tables, double plate bbq and new parking area.

For the water lovers, the Number 7 Dam provides the perfect location for a range of aquatic activities. Enjoy a swim, boating or sailing activities. Number 7 Dam is also a terrific spot to throw out a line, with some of the Dam’s inhabitants

Rod Laver Plaza Riverside Park, Rockhampton

Location: Quay Street, Rockhampton City

Rod Laver Plaza Riverside Park has been recently refurbished and has been transformed from an old, worn-down and unpopular place in Rockhampton to a modern, central hub bustling with many people, including tourists. Everything in the place is modern, including high-tech water features. There is a long walking/cycling track that provides a great view of the river and surrounding landscape while doing exercise.

Fitzroy Adventure Playground: The Riverside Precinct’s new state of the art playground is sure to keep the kids, and adults, entertained for hours on end. Sitting at eight metres above the ground, the Skywalk is the focal point of the playground where kids and adults can safely move between the towers via bridges. Under the shade sails below the Skywalk, smaller slides and climbing structures including rock climbing walls and nets will keep the younger kids entertained. A dedicated play area for toddlers features a small fort structure with a smaller slide and climbing objects.

Water Jet Plaza: Suitable for kids of all ages the Water Jet Plaza is the perfect place for kids to cool off over the warmer months. Located in Rod Laver Plaza the water jets are in operation from 9am weekdays and 8am on weekends. From sunset until 10pm the plaza is transformed into a magical water and light show which can be enjoyed by people of all ages. For ease of access there is a lift located on Quay Street adjacent to Boathouse Rockhampton restaurant.

Alf Kele Memorial Park

Location: Huish Drive, Wandal

Alf Kele Memorial Park (sometimes referred to as the Dinosaur Park) is situated beside the 2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre, Victoria Park and Fitzroy River. This well-kept parkland is not just home to great playground facilities but Alf Kele Park also incorporates a skate park, dog off leash area, outdoor gym equipment, sports area and paved bicycle and walking paths.

Play equipment is designed for all ages, including a fantastic flying fox, climbing webs, fortresses, slides and swings. Picnic and barbecue facilities and amenities are on par with the rest of the facilities and there's plenty of parking.

Rigarlsford Park

Location: Elphinstone Street, Koongal

Perfect for children of all ages, Rigarlsford Park is tucked away on a residential street on the north side of Rockhampton. The covered, fully security fenced play area contains a sand base and numerous playground equipment.

The park has a creek running through it with large majestic trees and walking paths (paved and unpaved), making it an adventure to discover various birds and animals that share the space. There are picnic shelters, barbecues and an amenities block with easy access and parking..

For a full list of parks in Rockhampton click here.