Walking

Endless sunshine for days

Soak up Rockhampton’s subtropical climate with endless sunshine while exploring the parks and outdoor spaces! Mix with local exercisers and enjoy the breeze on your face along the Fitzroy River bank or wandering through the Gardens. Go early morning or late afternoon to capture the vivid sunrises and sunsets over the water, or from Mt Archer’s summit. Take your best friend – or a dog!

Rockhampton Regional Council has produced walking maps for Rockhampton, Mount Morgan and Gracemere to help locate parking and facilities in the areas. For those who need more motivation to get out and about, there are a number of social Heart Foundation Walking Groups already established. No need to think, just turn up and join the pack.

Quay Street, Rockhampton: The Riverbank track along Victoria Parade and Quay Street provides stunning views that capture the beauty of the Fitzroy riverfront and heritage buildings. This easy walk is flat cemented paths that provide a great way to get your 10,000 steps a day! Keep your eyes peeled as well; you’ll find some beautiful specimens of Burdekin Plums along the way! If you want to ramp up your efforts throw in a few stair runs along the way that will be sure to get your blood pumping.

Huish Drive down along Quay Street: This short and peaceful walk follows on from Quay Street behind the pool (where there’s a 50m Olympic sized swimming pool), past a huge children’s playground, football field, basketball court and bowls club. Take a snap beside one of the giant Banyan Figs near the Basketball courts!

Frenchville Road, Frenchville: Feel at one with nature as you walk along this popular track surrounded by gums. If you feel like a challenge, take a sip of water and march right on up Mount Archer’s Pilbeam Drive, which is actually marks the end of the Frenchville Road walk.

Botanic Gardens, Rockhampton: This place is home to an outstanding collection of plants. There’s so much to explore from the Japanese Garden, to the centotaph to the towering Banyan Figs at the Gardens Tearooms. Take a bite to eat and enjoy watching the birds along the Murray Lagoon.

Moores Creek Road, Frenchville: Once a gravel quay, this area has been transformed following National Tree Day plantings. Walk through natural bushland featuring Bombax, gum, paperbark and batswing coral trees towards Stockland Rockhampton.

Kershaw Gardens, North Rockhampton: Kershaw Gardens has been described as Rockhampton’s big back yard for all people to enjoy. The northern section, featuring a beautiful man-made waterfall, a family of eucalyptus trees and flat paths is a lovely place to picnic. Park at the High Street car park.

Cedric Archer Park, Gracemere: Stroll along and admire the stunning paperbark trees.

DOG WALKING

Mix with local walkers and runners and enjoy the river breeze on your face by walking with your dog along the Fitzroy river bank. Stop off at Victoria Park and let your dog socialise and run free with other dogs in the off-leash area. A great way to get your daily exercise and fresh air whilst spending time with your pet!

Rockhampton offers a number of off the leash dog parks, allowing great areas for your pets to exercise and socialise. Dog parks are spread throughout the region:

  • Kershaw Gardens, North Rockhampton with access via Charles Street.
  • Duthie Park, North Rockhampton with access via Thozet Road, Marsh Avenue, Lawrence Avenue and Wiggington Street.
  • Victoria Park, South Rockhampton with access via Huish Drive
  • Ted Price Park, Gracemere in the signposted area only with access via Breakspear Street and Holgate Close.
  • Number 7 Dam, Mount Morgan