Taking a study break over the summer holidays? Why not experience Rockhampton’s unique and rich opportunities? The beef capital of Australia, known for its classic architecture and natural environment, Rockhampton offers something for everyone.
Whether you’re a shop-a-holic, nature enthusiast or history buff, Rockhampton has something to entertain you during the school break. Here are my favourite things to do…
Explore the natural wonders
Forget the stress of studying thanks to all the natural wonders Rocky has to offer. There’s an array of remarkable nature walks, parks and landscapes just waiting to be explored.
The Capricorn Caves offer a range of tours where visitors can travel back in time and experience the sites where thousands of fossils were found and uncover the mysteries of entombed in the caves.
If perhaps the caves are bit too hands on for you, Rocky also offers more scenic and natural sights such as the Mount Archer National Park and the Botanic Gardens, each sporting picturesque nature walks and a wide range of native wildlife perfect for you to relax and enjoy the beauty on offer.
Relax at the beautiful beaches
Of course, we can’t have a ‘Things to Do in Rockhampton’ list without mentioning the beautiful beaches. Australia’s reputation is built on our stunning coastal experience and the Capricorn region definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Inching more towards Yeppoon, the Yeppoon Main beach offers a great beach experience with cafes and shops situated across the road. There’s also an abundance of more reclusive and local beaches that aren’t so publicised. But asking the friendly Rocky and Yeppoon locals will land you at one of these beautiful destinations, perfect for destressing after the busy school year.
Experience the history and art
Another must do when in Rocky is to experience the history and art of the region. Park Rail Museum displays the authentic rail memorabilia of the Rockhampton district, all housed in the 120-year-old Archer Park Station.
If the arts are more appealing to you, there’s the Walter Reid’s Centre, Pilbeam Theatre and the Rockhampton Art Gallery to visit, as well the Dreamtime Cultural Centre which explores the history of our Indigenous peoples and showcases their beautiful music, art and culture. So, spanning across drama and dance, comedy to modern and historical art, Rocky has it all for budding artists and experts.
Shop at specialised stores
Wanting to spend some money on clothes and goodies? Rocky offers multiple shopping districts across the city with everything you could ever need. Stockland Rockhampton, the City Centre Plaza, all with dozens of retailers, specialised stores as well as some more high-end options, accommodates to every type of shopper. If you’re needing a bit of financial TLC, drop into the large range of stores Rocky has to offer.
So, there it is, a collection of things to do in Rocky over the study break for every type of person. If you like nature and wildlife, or if you prefer art and history, even if you just want to spend some money and relax, Rocky can accommodate and provide a selection of options and spoils, perfect for incoming and returning students.
My name is Chilli Crawford, a Rockhampton-based Year 12 students with a passion for journalism and writing.