Enjoy the water all year round thanks to our sub-tropical climate! Our region has the perfect weather to enjoy the outdoors, and what better way to do it than in the water. And as the temperatures rise, finding a nice spot to cool down becomes a necessity. Even if you’re not lucky enough to have a swimming pool at your accommodation, there are a number of public pools and waterways across the region that you could visit for a refreshing dip.

A recently built interactive waterpark play area ensures kids can stay cool and adults can join the fun too! A perfect family day out offering  indoor and outdoor pools so you can enjoy the water with or without the sun! You’ll find public pools in Rockhampton, Gracemere and Mount Morgan.

With the mighty Fitzroy running through the middle of our town, it’s safe to say we certainly live for the water here and what better way to experience the region than in a boat! The river is the perfect place to pitch your tinny, kayak or canoe and spend the afternoon on the water! Row, row, row your boat for a relaxing afternoon paddle and keep your eye out to spot a friendly croc or two!

If you like to fish, welcome to Barra land! The Fitzroy River is in the top five river, creek and dam fishing spots in Queensland. You will be joining the thousands of avid fishing enthusiasts in the area – it’s the number one hobby of many locals! Australia has few waterways where you can catch metre-plus-long barramundi within casting range of an ice cold beer on tap.

Some say the Fitzroy consistently produces the biggest wild barramundi in Australia, with the River home to the annual Barra Bounty fishing competition. Get started by heading down to any location along the River, throw in a line, sit back and wait for that ever eager bite!

Fish near Rockhampton’s Neville Hewitt Bridge. Rock bars and structures are everywhere around the bridges, and up to the barrage. Lots of barramundi and king salmon hang in these areas.

Local Tip

For the more casual fisherman, take a drive up the winding range to Mount Morgan to the Number 7 dam, with a relaxed country atmosphere away from the city crowds and enjoy a peaceful day by the water. Dam no.7 at Mount Morgan is set up for a great day of fishing either from the banks or from a boat. You can pit your wits and skills against the Dawson River Barramundi, Sleepy Cod, Yellow Belly or the Fresh Water Lobster. You can complete your day by cooking your catch on the BBQ’s or even hopping into the dam for a quick swim!

If it’s not fishing, it’s crabbing! Make friends with a local for the tips of the best creeks off the river to take the crab pots for some of the best muddies going!

With any fishing, be sure to check the rules and size or limit regulations for the area you intend to visit.