Walking and Hiking

Couple enjoying a walk along the Fitzroy River in Rockhampton

Soak up the subtropical climate with endless sunshine while exploring the parks and outdoor spaces! Mix with local exercisers and enjoy the river breeze on your face along the Fitzroy River bank. Take a walk or bike ride and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the iconic heritage buildings. Go early morning or late afternoon to capture the vivid sunrises and sunsets over the water.

Hiking

If hiking is your style, there mountains, hills and inclines for you to conquer here in Central Queensland.

Mount Archer is one of the region’s most accessible areas to get to from Rockhampton. It has many walking and hiking tracks of varying difficulty providing a challenge for early morning and late afternoon fitness fanatics, with their efforts rewarded by stunning views and gentle breezes on the way up or down the summit. With walks from 500m to hikes of 14km there is something for different fitness levels.

If you are keen for a drive and ready for adventure, head out and about to Mount Edna Caves National Park, Mount Jim Crow National ParkBouldercombe Gorge Resources Reserve or Limestone Creek Conservation Park.

Walking

Take it easy and enjoy one of many beautiful and diverse walks in the region.

  • 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, paperbar and bats wing coral trees towards Stockland Rockhampton.
  • Kershaw Gardens – 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 – a stroll along and admire the stunning paperbark trees

The Rockhampton Regional Council has produced walking maps for Rockhampton, Mount Morgan and Gracemere available on their website 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 rock up and join the pack.

Walking dogs in Rockhampton residential area of Frenchville

Dog Walking

The easiest way to exercise your dog is to take it for a walk. 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, to find your closest dog park visit:

Rockhampton

  • 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.

Gracemere & Mount Morgan

  • Ted Price Park in the sign posted area only with access via Breakspear Street and Holgate Close.
  • Number 7 Dam.

Always clean up after your pet, even in off leash areas, and scoop the poop!

Day tripping

There’s no better time of year than Spring to reconnect with nature in the Rockhampton Region.
The flowers are blooming, the birds singing and the Fitzroy’s barra are on the bite. So put your jumpers away for the rest of the year and head outside to experience all the Region has to offer. Why not try these three escapes to nature in our Region? You won’t be disappointed.

Bouldercombe Gorge

Encompassing the steep and spectacular gorges of the Gavial and Plumtree creek headwaters, three sections protect this scenic reserve.

Partly hidden in the ranges between Rockhampton and Mount Morgan, the reserve rises sharply from the floodplain and provides magnificent views for those prepared to challenge the slopes. After good rain, a system of creeks, waterfalls and waterholes are present, providing a welcome refuge for wildlife.

The reserve is 20km south of Rockhampton, however only the north and middle sections are accessible. The north section is accessible via Mount Usher Road; the middle section via Struck Oil Road. Only the north section has a formal walking track.

Follow the north section’s walking track to discover Bouldercombe Gorge Falls. These falls are seasonal and only flow after plentiful rain. Take extra care during heavy rain as flash flooding can occur. The walk from the car park to the falls is rough and poorly defined in many places. It takes about 1.5 hours return. Never attempt to cross flooded creeks. Allow extra time to explore. The national Bicentennial Trail traverses the reserve’s north section and is accessed via Dee Road.

Limestone Creek Conservation Park

On Rockhampton’s northern outskirts lies the little known Limestone Creek Conservation Park. Featuring a network of walking tracks through open eucalypt woodland, this park offers a quiet respite from the noisy city. A great location for morning and afternoon walks, all tracks are level and an easy grade, so get a group together and explore.

Limestone Creek Conservation Park lies on the corner of Norman and Yeppoon roads in North Rockhampton. Park your car at the QPWS office visitor car park and access the park’s walking tracks via the turnstile to the west of the office.

Overnight

Goodedulla National Park

Meaning ‘eagle flying overhead’ in the Darumbal language, Goodedulla is home to many threatened species. The scenic Melaleuca Creek flows through this remote park and birdwatching is particularly good with more than 80 bird species recorded here.

Take care as the park’s road network can be confusing. You must be self-sufficient. Heavy rain can flood the seasonal creek, potentially stranding visitors, so be well prepared. Camping is available at Wadlow Yards, Kings Dam and The Palms but no facilities are provided.
Goodedulla National Park is approximately 50km north of Gogango and accessible via four-wheel drive only. Turn off the Capricorn Highway at Gogango and follow the signs north to Rookwood Station. Do not turn towards the house but follow the park signs and keep heading north.

The track is rough, unsealed and goes through private property. It can take more than 45 minutes to travel the final 10km to the park. A detailed park map is available at www.nprsr.qld.gov.au.