Replenish the soul, reconnect with nature and enjoy the outdoor life the region has to offer! The varied landscape accommodates a plethora of outdoor activities to enjoy. Our constant sunshine allows you to soak up the rays (safely of course) or enjoy the shade – just make sure you have your hat, sunscreen and water!

The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds that date back to 1873. Bask in the glorious sunshine or take the shady route to explore the delights of the gardens, with the area of the reserve spanning over 70 ha of which around half has been cultivated. The site has been heritage listed since 1999 and also is home to The Central Queensland War Memorial (The Cenotaph).

The rich, colourful history of the gardens expands to the upper gardens, with the tranquil Japanese Gardens, designed by leading Japanese landscape designer, the late Kenzo Ogata, as part of a Treaty of friendship signed after World War 2. Find your Zen in the peaceful surrounds, koi ponds, winding trails and stepping stones.

Whether you’re after the ideal venue for a family picnic, a garden lover’s sanctuary, a fun playground for the kids, or the perfect place for some tranquil ‘me time’, the Botanic Gardens is the tropical paradise for you. Take a picnic lunch and enjoy the endless grassed embankments under the shade of the giant fig trees or order a bite to eat at the Gardens Tearooms.

Traditional Owners—the Dharumbal people—welcome you to their country and ask that you respect and enjoy the National Parks and State Forest in the region.

Our parks and hiking trails are free and will get you out and about exploring our region up close and personal.

Mount Archer not only provides a scenic backdrop to Rockhampton, but plays home to a host of activities! From the summit enjoy the Spectacular views of Rockhampton city, deeply incised valleys, dry rainforests, fleeting glimpses of forest inhabitants and feasting cockatoos. With walks from 500m – 14km you can explore as much or little as you like!

Mix with local exercisers and enjoy the river breeze on your face along the Fitzroy river bank. Take a walk or bike ride and immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the iconic heritage buildings.

Go early morning or late afternoon to capture the vivid sunrises and sunsets over the water.

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Hard work, sweat and tears, the term no pain no gain certainly rings true for those who love to get physical across our Region. The region boasts a number of outdoor gym equipment locations for those who want to keep their body at its best.

Rockhampton has an extremely active community due to its beautiful weather year round. There is something to suit all active lifestyles with access to facilities for sports such as basketball, water sports, hockey, tennis, soccer, rugby league and union, netball, golf, volleyball, Australian Rules football water skiing and wake boarding.

For sporting enthusiasts, Rockhampton is home to three regional sporting teams – the Capras (QRL), Rockhampton Rockets (QBL) and Cyclones (WQBL). Enjoy the excitement, atmosphere and sporting spirit that each home game presents. View our events calendar for details and game times.