Riverside Precinct

Rod Laver Plaza at the Rockhampton Riverside Precinct with view of the river
Rod Laver Plaza at the Riverside Precinct. Image courtesy of Florian Groehn.

The heart of the city

Quay Street, Rockhampton | Rockhampton CBD

Rockhampton's Riverside Precinct is situated right in the heart of the city and undoubtedly offers up the best views of the boat dotted vista along the Fitzroy River (Tunuba). Mirrored by one of Queensland's longest National Trust heritage-listed streets, think rich colonial past meets urban paddock.

Whether you’re in town for a few nights or just looking for a place to stretch the legs and recharge with lunch, Rockhampton’s Riverside Precinct is a must for your itinerary.

Eat & Drink

The Rockhampton Riverside Precinct isn’t short of places to enjoy a coffee, cold drink, delicious steak or sweet treat. Take your pick from heritage listed pubs, quirky cafes, dining about the river or the micro-brewery.

These are some of our top picks, but you can find them all by visiting our Eat & Drink page.

delicious cafe food on a plate                         
Riverston Tearooms
Pub steak on a plate                         
Criterion Hotel
two wine glasses at a table overlooking the river


Perch up with a coffee and let the kids (and adults alike) explore the bright sculptural works of the rainbow serpent, Munda-Gadda at the adventure playground then cool off amongst Rod Laver Plaza’s pop-up water jets.

a kids playground at the riverside                        
Fitzroy Adventure Playground
kids playing at the riverside precinct                        
Rod Laver Plaza
coloured lights and waterjets with kids playing
Water jets at night

Images courtesy of Urbis (c) Florian Groehn


The Riverside Precinct sits adjacent to East Street mall, a shady tree lined avenue lined with cute cafes but more importantly great boutique shopping. Grab a coffee and get your shop on with our top picks listed above or check out our full list here

an old fashioned department store                        
a boutique ladies store                        
Willow & Ivy
a boutique gift store                        
Reid & Rose


Picture yourself gently rocking upon the waters of the mighty Fitzroy River (Tunuba) as you enjoy a refreshing drink and watch the sun set over the horizon.  River Cruises CQ set an incredibly relaxing tone for those who wish to enjoy the riches of Rockhampton from a different perspective. The popular 90-minute sunset cruise, which includes complimentary nibbles and drinks available for purchase, offers breathtaking views of the city - you might even be lucky enough to spot some of the amazing wildlife along the banks including crocodiles!

Prefer land to sea? See the city come alive with lights on a Capricorn Carriage ride throughout the CBD and Riverside Precinct. Tours run Saturday nights between 7pm and 10pm and leave from outside Stewarts.

river cruise boat on the river at sunset                        
Sunset River Cruise
A lady holding an ipad doing a self guided tour                        
Self-Guided Tours
horse and cart ride                        
Carriage Ride