Explore Rockhampton's Riverside Precinct

THE HEART OF OUR CITY

Rockhampton’s Riverside Precinct is the heart of the city, offering the best views of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba). The precinct architecture celebrates the State’s largest regional collection of heritage buildings and rich collection of art, and celebrates the natural wonders of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) and Mount Archer (Nurim) National Park.

1. WALK AUSTRALIA'S LONGEST NATIONAL TRUST HERITAGE LISTED STREET

If you're a bit of a history buff or are looking for a leisurley walk to break up your drive, download a copy of Rockhampton's CBD Heritage Building Tour and take a self-guided walk around one of Australia’s most historically significant heritage strips. We recommend starting at the wharves that were the gateway into Rockhampton, and continue along Quay Street towards the Criterion Hotel (where you can end your walk with a delicious pub meal or cold drink). Take your time and marvel at Rockhampton's colonial past and fortunes that are preserved in sandstone, wrought iron and topped off with a magnificent copper dome. This walk is approximately 2km long return and is suitable for all levels of fitness, just remember to pack a hat! 

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2. HIGH TEA OR COCKTAILS... YOU DECIDE

The Rockhampton Riverside Precinct isn't short of places to enjoy a coffee, cold drink, steak or sweet treat. You can take your pick from heritage a number of heritage listed pubs, quirky cafes, dining above the river or the micro-brewery. If we had to choose though, we'd recommend a high tea at Riverston Tearooms, one of Rockhampton’s most beautifully restored heritage buildings, and then walking across the street to indulge in a fresh cocktail at Boathouse to enjoy the boat dotted vista along the Fitzroy River (Tunuba). Not your thing? Check out a full list of dining options throughout the Riverside Precinct. 

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3. INDULGE IN A SUNSET CRUISE

Take in the sights of Rockhampton's heritage-listed buildings from the water with River Cruises CQ. Sit back and enjoy your complimentary nibbles package while keeping an eye out for the local array of birds, and maybe even crocodiles. Or enjoy the river by night! See the Riverside Precinct come to life with the City Lights Cruise and witness Quay Street light with colourful lights and keep an eye out for the local wildlife that venture out after dark. River cruises are popular with visitors and locals a like so we recommend booking this one in advance to avoid missing out. 

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4. ROCKHAMPTON MUSEUM OF ART

Opening early 2022, Rockhampton Museum of Art will undoubtedly be the crown of the Riverside Precinct. Formally located on Victoria Parade, Rockhampton Art Gallery is being reimagined alongside the Riverside Precinct and will be home to the largest art gallery in regional Queensland. The redevelopment will provide a variety of programmable spaces to meet community and art sector demands. You can find Rockhampton Museum of Art located next to Customs House on Quay street. 

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5. PLAY UNTIL YOUR HEART'S CONTENT

Home to a kids playground paradise, the Rockhampton Riverside Precinct is a great place to stretch the legs and let the kids (and adults) run wild. The adventure playground is located towards the William Street end of Quay Street and is decked out with a wonder web, slides, rock climbing walls and local indigenous artwork (Munda-Gadda). Once you've had enough of the playground, head to the pop jets found on the lower level of the Riverside Precinct to cool off. 

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