Arts and Culture

Image: We Will Rock You production at the Pilbeam Theatre

Discover a city vibrant with a lively arts, culture and music scene

All year round, Rockhampton buzzes with music events, exhibitions, theatre, concerts and festivals. Our Art Gallery is arguably the finest in regional Queensland, and our Theatre hosts a range of performances year round including international ballet companies and operas. We also have two cultural centres and live music venues where international artists have visited to perform.

Rockhampton Art Gallery (re-open date TBC)

1km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions

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Image: Rockhampton Art Gallery

The Rockhampton Art Gallery is arguably the finest in regional Queensland, and one of the most significant in Australia. The Gallery was established in 1967 and its collection represents a cross-section of Central Queensland interests and influences: modern and contemporary Australian art, Japanese and British Art, and art and artefacts of Central Queensland.

There are regular touring exhibitions on display, or you can head along to enjoy the permanent significant artworks of Charles Blackman, Arthur Boyd, Sidney Nolan, Russell Drysdale, John Brack, Fred Williams, Grace Cossington Smith and Jeffrey Smart.

Entry is free and with an extensive array of programming for kids and adults there is always something to engage, educate and inspire at the Rockhampton Art Gallery.

Construction is underway for the Rockhampton Museum of Art, due to open in 2021. This will be located next to Customs House on Quay Street. 

Pilbeam Theatre

1km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions

Kinky Boots Production at the Pilbeam Theatre

Image: Kinky Boots production at the Pilbeam Theatre

The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres in regional Australia and is the focal point for the performing arts in Central Queensland. ‘The Pilbeam’ offers a diverse range of productions all year round from the best local, national and international entertainers. Drama, dance, music, comedy – you’ll be laughing, crying, marveling and held in suspense.

Every year, the Pilbeam Theatre regularly hosts the Melbourne Comedy Roadshow, The Wiggles, touring national and international ballet companies and operas through to locally produced musicals and plays.


2km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions

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Image: GALA Gallery

GALA Gallery is a newly established commercial art gallery located in Rockhampton. It will be one of the only commercial gallery spaces outside of South East Queensland and Cairns in regional Queensland. Their goal is to represent a stylistically varied group of emerging and established artists that produce progressive commercially appealing bodies of work.

Mount Morgan No 7 Gallery

38km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions

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Image: Mount Morgan No 7 Gallery Workshop 

The Mount Morgan No 7 Gallery is a communal art gallery featuring locally made art and giftware, promoting local artists, with an artist in residence, and working space. Time your visit with one of their many events and exhibitions. 

Walter Reid Cultural Centre

Rockhampton CBD located | Directions

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Image: Exploring the Walter Reid Cultural Centre

Rockhampton’s principal community arts and leisure centre is the heritage-listed Walter Reid Cultural Centre. Visiting the centre is a great way to view local exhibitions and join in activities such as arts and crafts workshops, movies, photography, pottery, woodwork and rail modelling.

Dreamtime Cultural Centre

9km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions

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Image: Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Image courtesy of Tourism Events Queensland

Gain insight into our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage with a trip to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Witness the diverse beating cultural heart of our city through one of the guided tours on offer at the centre. The Torres Strait Islander’s Complex includes huts, the giant dugong and plants particular to the region, with the Aboriginal Traditional area complete with a replica burial site, rock art, gunyahs and traditional ceremonial sites of the Darumbal people. The combination of these two distinct cultures within the one complex provides the Dreamtime Cultural Centre with a very unique appeal.


Want to get out on Country and experience, learn and be educated on significant sites, Darumbal Dreaming Stories, Medicinal Plants Use, Traditional Food and Tasting? Look no further! With Darumbal Elders and People, they take you and your team on a journey through Darumbal Country which is perfect for schools conference groups and tourists.

If you would like to know more about Cultural Programs & Tours please contact

(07) 4926 0026