If you’re looking to get out in the fresh air and enjoy some family fun, head down to some of Rockhampton’s best parks where you can enjoy a picnic, or have a BBQ with the family.


Located within Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Riverside Park

The new Rockhampton Riverside Precinct is home to a kids playground paradise. Equipped with a wonder web, slides and rock climbing walls, there's plenty to keep the kids occupied while you sit back and enjoy the views of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba).

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Dinosaur Park

1.9km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Dinosaur Park

Stretch your legs and take a stroll down Sir Raymond Huish Drive for fantastic views of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) and let the kids run wild at this family friendly park. Fully equipped with under cover BBQ areas, off leash dog park, bathrooms, play equipment and skate park, this park is fit for the whole family. 

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Botanic Gardens

3.5km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Botanic Gardens

The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens has a range of activities on offer with gardens to explore, a playground and BBQ facilities. Take the kids through the winding trails of the Japanese Gardens and explore its koi ponds and stepping stones, or pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the shade of the giant canopies while the kids run around on the playground. 

Open from 6am to 6pm daily, this oasis is free to enter. You can also order a bite to eat at the Gardens Tearooms.

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Kershaw Gardens

2.5km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Kershaw Gardens

Kershaw Gardens is a spacious and picturesque parkland that stretches for one kilometre along the Bruce Highway. A circuited walking track is the perfect way to explore the park with paths winding past wetlands, through rainforests and a picture perfect waterfall.

The central precinct also sports a sensational playground with swings, play equipment, a monorail and artificial waterway. From an amazing five-level webbed obstacle orb to the more sensory experience of following the flow of a representational Fitzroy River (Tunuba), where families can paddle and play, there are an abundance of opportunities for active and immersive family fun.

Check out our blog on 'Everything you need to know about Kershaw Gardens' for more info.

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Boyd Park, Mount Morgan No 7 Dam

40.5km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Mount Morgan No 7 Dam

Chill out at the No 7 Dam with its picturesque natural views. Take a picnic or use the BBQ facilities and let the kids run wild in the high shaded playground. The Dam is also a great watering hole to go for a swim or take your kayak out for a paddle. 

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Cedric Archer Park

12km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Cedric Archer Park

Think mega soakers, tipping buckets, spray tunnels and giant shade sails. Cedric Archer Park has a Wet Play Area playground that features state of the art play experiences, shaded play spaces and great visibility for a relaxed day out with the kids. 

With the assistance of technology the ‘Smart Play Fort’ can be used in conjunction with some of Hans Christian Andersen’s famous story books. By downloading the App (a QR code can be found on the playground structure to download), children can take a story book journey through the fort using augmented reality. 

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29km from Rockhampton CBD | Directions to Mount Archer Playground

Hidden amongst the trees on the way to Nurim Circuit is a fantastic playground. Rest the legs and let the kids run wild amongst the Darumbal Totem Poles and try their balance on the ropes course.

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