Tropic of Capricorn


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

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Nearby Rockhampton attractions

1. Botanic Gardens

0.91 MILES

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

2. Quay Street

1.66 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

1.68 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. Rockhampton Art Gallery

1.91 MILES

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

5. Kershaw Gardens

2.69 MILES

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…

6. Central Queensland Livestock Exchange

5.17 MILES

The largest livestock saleyards in the southern hemisphere, the CQLX, known traditionally as Gracemere Saleyards, comes alive on Friday mornings, when the…

7. Dreamtime Cultural Centre

5.87 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…

8. Mt Archer

6.25 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…