Botanic Gardens

Gardens in Rockhampton

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These Heritage-listed gardens, begun in 1873, are a beautiful escape from often-sweltering Rockhampton, with tropical and subtropical rainforest, landscaped gardens and lily-covered lagoons. The formal Japanese garden is delightfully restful, there's a cafe (open 8am to 5pm), and the small, well-kept zoo (open 8am to 4.30pm, admission free) has koalas, lion-tailed macaques, Asian small-clawed otters, dingoes, chimpanzees, a walk-through aviary and more.

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