For modern Australian history buffs, visit the historic Mount Morgan Township. The town offers an ideal opportunity to delve into the area’s early successes and discover it’s fascinating past! Through impressive attractions, museums and tours of the town relive its importance in shaping Australia’s gold mining history.
Follow on the history lesson with a visit to the Heritage Village. Step back in time at this friendly township museum which showcases the rich, colourful history of the Rockhampton district 1850 – 1950. As you wander around you are offered the opportunity to try a range of transport options including horses and ponies, a horse and cart, a vintage double decker bus, vintage fire engine and several other vintage vehicles. There is a range of amazing heritage exhibitions to see including a hall of clocks, a room full of old dolls, a timber cutters camp with some great examples of early tools, a blacksmith shop, homesteads and cottages, lots of vintage machinery and some great engines.
Continuing on with the historical engine theme, Archer Park Rail Museum features a restored Purrey Steam Tram, one of nine tramcars and six trailers that operated in Rockhampton (1909 – 1939) with Queensland Government in Central Queensland.
CBD Heritage Walk
The highlights tour
01 Harbour Board Building | 02 Walter Reid | 03 Avonleigh Chambers | 04 Goldsborough Mort Building / Walter and Eliza Hall Building | 05 Mount Morgan Gold Mining Company | 06 Heritage Hotel | 07 Customs House | 08 Evans and Hearn | 09 Royal Bank of Queensland | 10 Queensland National Bank Building | 11 Trustee Chambers | 12 Criterion Hotel | 13 Rockhampton Post Office | 14 School of Arts | 15 City Hall |
If you only have a short time and would like to capture a snapshot of Rockhampton’s history, visit one of Queensland’s premier heritage streetscapes – Quay Street. Starting at the wharves that were the gateway into Rockhampton, and continuing through most of the early CBD, this tour is approximately 2km one way up Quay, or you can extend your history lesson, complete with shopping and a cuppa, with a return trip down Bolsover and East Streets.
01 Harbour Board Building
288 Quay Street
The Rockhampton Harbour Board building was constructed in 1896. The Architect was J. W. Wilson and it was designed in the Neo Classic Revival Style. The Harbour Board was established in 1895 to take over the administration of the Rockhampton port which at the time was busier than the Brisbane port. The board remained in this building until 1977. back to map…
02 Walter Reid
260 Quay Street / 203 East Street
Walter Reid buildings occupy the block from the corner of Quay Street and Derby Street to East Street. 260 Quay Street and 203 East Street. These were originally a warehouse and office of Walter Reid Company Ltd. back to map…
03 Avonleigh Chambers
248 Quay Street
Avonleigh was built as a private residence for Mr Frederick Morgan, one of the Morgan brothers who founded Mount Morgan Mining Company. He was also Mayor of Rockhampton from 1891 until his death in 1894, aged 57.The building was bought by Dr. O’Brien, who extended it and converted it into a private hospital in 1908. back to map…
04 Goldsborough Mort Building / Walter and Eliza Hall Building
238 Quay Street
This late Victorian classical style single-story cement render and brick building was built for Walter and Eliza Hall in 1899. back to map…
05 Mount Morgan Gold Mining Company
236 Quay Street
A very important building in Rockhampton’s history this was built in 1897 in the neo-Classical revival style as the head office of the Mt Morgan Mining Company. The rear courtyard had high walls topped with broken glass and was the entry point for trooper-escorted coaches which delivered consignments of gold bars from the Mt Morgan smelter. back to map…
06 Heritage Hotel
230 Quay Street
The Heritage Tavern, formerly the Old Colonial Hotel, and originally the Commercial Hotel and Chambers, was erected in 1898 for Leah Johnson. Designed by prominent Rockhampton architect John W Wilson, the three-storey, concrete-rendered brick building featuring decorative iron-lace verandah balustrading was constructed by J. K. Evans at a cost of £6,500. back to map…
07 Customs House
208 Quay Street
Rockhampton’s Custom House is an example of the Classic Revival period architecture which was all the rage in Rockhampton around the turn of the century. Built between 1898 and1901 of Stanwell sandstone the building has a huge copper dome and an elaborate semi-circular portico with a Corinthian colonnade.
The building is a powerful reminder of the importance that Rockhampton enjoyed as the major central coast port around that time. back to map…
08 Evans and Hearn
206 Quay Street
The former Archer Chambers building at 206 Quay Street was erected in the 1870s for the pioneer Archer family. back to map…
09 Royal Bank of Queensland
194 Quay Street
Built in 1889 as the Royal Bank of Queensland, this was one of the many banks attracted to the city by the wealth of the Canoona and Mt Morgan gold strikes. back to map…
10 Queensland National Bank Building
186 Quay Street
The former Queensland National Bank is an imposing two-storeyed rendered brickwork building situated on the corner of Quay and Denham Streets in Rockhampton. It was erected in 1880 for the Queensland National Bank for £8000 in 1872 and by 1880, (the year of the construction of the Rockhampton branch) the bank held 40 per cent of the total deposits and advances in Queensland. back to map…
11 Trustee Chambers
known historically as the River Chambers | 170 Quay Street
Trustee Chambers built in 1877 is significant for its association with the life and work of Dr William Callaghan resident of Rockhampton from 1861 until his death in 1912. It was the private residence of the Callaghan family from 1877 until 1919. It is also an important example of the work of Rockhampton architect John W. Wilson , which includes four other buildings along Quay Street. Built in the Classic Colonial style. back to map…
12 Criterion Hotel
150 Quay Street
The Criterion Hotel is a three storeyed masonry building situated on the corner of Quay and Fitzroy Streets. It has formed an integral and vital part of the social and cultural life of the town and City of Rockhampton since 1891. back to map…
13 Rockhampton Post Office
80 East Street
This grand two-storeyed brick post office with sandstone facing was erected in 1892 for the Queensland Post and Telegraph Department. back to map…
14 School of Arts
230 Bolsover Street
The Rockhampton School of Arts building was constructed in 1894 and is an important element of the streetscape of Bolsover Street. The building is a fine example of late nineteenth century Victorian Classical architecture. It has formed a major part of the cultural, social and civic life of Rockhampton since 1894, and has associations with a previous School of Arts building that existed on the site from 1865.
The former School of Arts building has been the beneficiary of a conservation plan prepared in 1994. The School of Arts is a continuing link with the social, educational and recreational aspirations of the people of Rockhampton and central Queensland. back to map…
15 City Hall
232 Bolsover Street
Rockhampton emerged as an important Queensland regional centre during the 1850s and 1860s. Despite this building expansion into the 1900s, Rockhampton never achieved a purpose built Town Hall until 1941. back to map…
Dreamtime Cultural Centre
The DREAMTIME CULTURAL CENTRE is situated on the northern outskirts of Rockhampton on the Bruce Highway, six kilometres from the city. The centre is set on 12 hectares of land which is divided by Limestone Creek. The Rockhampton City Council and the Central Queensland Aboriginal Corporation for Cultural Activities entered into an agreement, which provides long term tenure for the centre.
Mount Morgan Guided TMC Tours
Once one of the world’s richest gold mines for its first ten years of operation. Once boasted one of the busiest bustling towns in Queensland at its peak in the early 1900's. Home to the best examples of early Jurassic dinosaur track way prints in Australia. Yesterday’s mining traditions. Today’s environmental challenges. One town- so much to discover! Experience Mount Morgan with TMC Guided Tours today.
It is best to walk this track from top to bottom and arrange to be picked up at the lower exit at German Street
Walter Reid Cultural Centre
Opening Hours Monday to Friday 8.00am to 9.45pm Saturday 8.30am to 9.00pm Sunday 9.00am to 6.00pm
Sleipner Lookout Walk
The return walk is uphill and can be challenging.
Rockhampton Zoo is nestled within the Botanic Gardens and adjacent to the Murray Lagoon in Rockhampton. Visiting our Zoo is the perfect day out! You’ll discover more than 70 species of native animals from across Australia, exotic animals from around the world, tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits. Download the Rockhampton Zoo map and spend the day exploring. Check out the cheeky chimps, watch the waddling wombats, hear the howling dingoes or simply get up close and personal with the koalas – there’s something for everyone.
Rockhampton Regional Library History Centre
Rockhampton Regional Library History Centre - Access Ancestry and Find My Past plus much more!
Rockhampton Regional Library
Rockhampton Regional Library is home to the largest collection of books and resources in the Region.
Rockhampton Heritage Village
Experience how life was from the 1850s to the 1950s in this charming village. It’s a fascinating insight into the history of the Rockhampton area, featuring cottages, homesteads, a hospital, print shop and more – all set up as you would have seen them back in their day. There is also an impressive array of timepieces in the Hall of Clocks, a display of dolls and a great collection of vintage vehicles, some of which are available for a ride around the village! One of the highlights is the faithfully preserved home in which Rockhampton resident Alice Dingley lived for more than 70 years until her death in 2008, without electricity, town water or any modern conveniences. Market days are held on Sundays every two months.
Rockhampton Art Gallery
Rockhampton Art Gallery houses the finest collection of mid-twentieth century Australian art in regional Queensland.
The Pilbeam Theatre is one of the finest theatres in regional Australia and is the focal point for the performing arts in Central Queensland. The Pilbeam Theatre offers a diverse range of productions all year round from the best local, national and international entertainers.
North Rockhampton Library
North Rockhampton Library
Mount Morgan Railway Museum
Housing an impressive collection of relics from the towns earliest years to the present, the Mount Morgan Historical Museum delves into the captivating history of Mount Morgan.
Mount Morgan Number 7 dam
The Number 7 Dam (otherwise known as The Big Dam) provides a perfect spot for many recreational activities. With its picturesque natural views, the Dam offers a tranquil place for a get together, with barbeque and picnic areas available. The area is also home to the town's newest district playground - including 11 different types of playground equipment, outdoor gym equipment, picnic tables, double plate BBQ and new parking area.
Mount Morgan Historical Museum
Among the extensive range, displays include mining equipment, historic household and business objects, and an extensive photographic display; taking you through the years of Mount Morgan life, and presenting the faces and stories of some of the town’s most prominent individuals.
Mount Morgan Library
Mount Morgan Library
Mount Archer National Park
Take a bush walk, ride your bike or travel up the beautiful mountain to enjoy the national park's natural scenery and blissful sunsets.
Gardens, playgrounds and natural wonders galore - stop into the Kershaw Gardens and see the beauty of Rockhampton.
2nd World War Memorial Aquatic Centre
Spend a whole day with the family here with the wet play area, diving tower, 25m and 50m pool. Entry is just $2 per person, so it's both affordable and fun!
Archer Park Rail Museum
Archer Park has a state-of-the-art soundscape and life-like mannequins to take you back to World War II times. Handicapped-accessible, with a station tearoom and great parking. Merchandise, light refreshments, soft drinks and water are available for purchase. Entry (new rates 1 April 2015): $9.50 adult, $6.80 concession, $5.80 children (3-12 years, must be accompanied by an adult), $28.00 family (2 adults and 2 children, $4.50 each extra child over the age of three).
CQ Military Museum
he collection includes: Women at War display, Personal diaries, war photographs, Light horse memorabilia, Badges and Medals, Personal collections from Vietnam Veterans. All of the items are donated by the local community. So come along with your family and friends and explore the past at this very well presented museum. Tour groups and schools are welcome to come along and are catered for on request. Step back in time at the CQ Military and Artefacts Museum.
The Crazy Joker
The Crazy Joker offers children's play, beautiful food and the best coffee. We endeavor to deliver a great family service and good value for money.
The river was named by European colonial settlers and pastoralists, Charles and William Archer, on 4 May 1853 in honour of Sir Charles FitzRoy, at the time the Governor of the Colony of New South Wales.
FLOW Visitors Centre
If you are looking for something fun, free and interactive, discover FLOW Visitors Centre. Hosted by the Fitzroy Basin Association, FLOW is always packed with interesting and interactive displays about our local waterways, habitats, wildlife, land use and natural resources. Each school holidays we have exciting workshops to keep children engaged.
Home of East Street Market, workshops, live music & events.... while the Coffee Bar serves great coffee & crêpes. After dark, our secret warehouse comes alive! Every Thursday night we present stand up comedy, trivia, original music and films. Check out What's On! On Friday & Saturday nights we present East Street Market: a smorgasbord of Streetfood made with love by passionate foodies, most of whom are chefs in their own right!.
In Motion Walking Track Frenchville
In Motion Walking Track Gracemere
This pool offers you and your family the opportunity to swim in a 25m variable depth pool, and to take the young ones to the wading pool or learn to swim lessons. Entry is just $2 per person, so it's both affordable and fun!
Oasis World Cafe and Play Centre
In Motion Walking Track North Rockhampton
In Motion Walking Track Riverbank
Mount Morgan Pool
Part of a wider recreation precinct, this pool provides you and your family with a 30m pool with shade at shallow end and beach style wading pool to keep you and your family active. Entry is just $2 per person, so it's both affordable and fun!
In Motion Walking Track Yeppen
Wet Play Area
Rockhampton Golf Club
Rockhampton Golf Driving Rane and Minigolf