Just north of the Fitzroy River, this excellent botanical park showcases Australian native plants and is a great spot for a picnic or play with the kids. Its attractions include the 9m-high adventure playground Wyatt's Wonder Web (originally designed for New York's Central Park), and a 200mm-deep watercourse that mimics the flow of the Fitzroy River and comes equipped with a working barrage. There are also BBQs, a flying fox, wi-fi and even 48-hour sites for fully self-contained RVs.

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Nearby Rockhampton attractions

1. Rockhampton Art Gallery

0.83 MILES

Founded in 1967, this great regional gallery owns an impressive collection of modernist Australian paintings, including works by Russell Drysdale, Arthur…

2. Quay Street

1.05 MILES

This historic streetscape, where grand sandstone Victorian-era buildings face the broad Fitzroy River, is Rockhampton's most beautiful area. You can pick…

3. Archer Park Rail Museum

1.08 MILES

Housed in a handsome heritage-listed railway station dating to 1899, this museum is a labour of love, telling the station’s story through photographs,…

4. Tropic of Capricorn

2.69 MILES

Straddle the Tropic of Capricorn at the visitor centre on Gladstone Rd – it's marked by a huge spire.

5. Botanic Gardens

3.04 MILES

These Heritage-listed gardens, begun in 1873, are a beautiful escape from often-sweltering Rockhampton, with tropical and subtropical rainforest,…

6. Dreamtime Cultural Centre

3.23 MILES

The stories of the local Darumbal people and Torres Straits islanders are well-conveyed here. Self-guide through exhibits such as 'The Vanishing Culture…

7. Rockhampton Heritage Village

3.66 MILES

A great place to break up a road trip, the Heritage Village is 11 hectares of relocated and replica buildings from the 1850s to the 1950s. Offering a…

8. Mt Archer

4.27 MILES

The highest peak in the Beserker Range and the focus of a 4250-hectare national park, this mountain (604m) has walking trails weaving through eucalypts…