Exploring Rockhampton: A journey through history, charm and fascination

Nestled along the banks of the Fitzroy River in Central Queensland, lies the charming city of Rockhampton. With a rich tapestry of heritage, culture and natural beauty, holiday makers are invited to immerse themselves in the captivating history and scenic wonders.

From its humble beginnings as a pastoral outpost to its present-day status as the Beef Capital of Australia, Rockhampton’s storied past is one of resilience, growth, evolution and community spirit.

Come and embark on a journey through Rockhampton’s past and picturesque landscapes.

Treasures await…

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St Aubin’s Village: Perserving Heritage

A piece of living history in the heart of Rockhampton, St Aubins Village is a heritage listed property that exemplifies life in Rockhampton during the boom of the 1800s, cementing itself in the legacy of the region.

The grounds of St Aubins Village dates back to the 1870’s, where it is believed to have been designed and built by John Rodekirchen, with the house adjoining what remains of the clay pit and brick-making complex which he operated.

Today, St Aubins Village is a popular wedding venue, but also boasts a Teahouse, Boutique Gift Shop and Vintage Caravan Bar.

Their Heritage Tours are a great way to learn the history of St Aubins, The Brickworks and a great opportunity to be able to walk through the Heritage House and Cottages. Tours are followed by a famous Garden Tea, all being served with their collection of Fine China.

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Time Safaris Walking Tours: Unveiling Rockhampton’s Secrets

For those eager to uncover Rockhampton’s coloured past and landmarks, along with it’s architectural marvels, and cultural heritage, Time Safaris Walking Tours provides an immersive adventure for all ages.

From the majestic grandeur of Customs House and Quay Street, to the colourful characters who shaped Rockhampton’s history, Time Safaris will take you on a captivating and spine chilling exploration of Rockhampton’s evolution through time.

Time Safaris newest tour – Prehistoric Zoo Walking Tours – shares information on giant crocs, killer wombats, enormous kangaroos, terror birds and of course dinosaurs. Guests can walk the Rockhampton Zoo with their guide, paleo-author Phil Hore, and hold and see fossils from the prehistoric relatives of the animals in the zoo.


Riverston Tea Rooms: A Taste of Elegance

For those seeking a taste of old-world charm, a visit to Riverston Tea Rooms is a must. Housed in a stunning heritage-listed building overlooking the Fitzroy River, this elegant tearoom offers a delightful selection of freshly brewed teas, homemade scones, and delectable cakes.

From seating outside to take in the majestic view of the river, to the grand entrance inside where you are drawn to glamorous chandeliers, the building encompasses all things classic and historical with a touch of modern.

The owners have also combined their other business, antique store House of Treasures, within the tearooms.

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Mount Morgan Railway Museum: A Tribute to Industry

Located a short distance from Rockhampton, the Mount Morgan Railway Museum offers a captivating glimpse into the region’s industrial heritage. Housed within a historic railway station, the museum showcases a collection of vintage locomotives, railway artifacts, and interactive exhibits detailing the heyday of Mount Morgan’s gold mining industry.

The discovery of gold in the 1880s brought a surge of prosperity to the town, leading to rapid development and an influx of migrants seeking their fortune.

Railway activities ceased in 1987 and the station complex is now a Visitor Information Centre and Museum managed by Mount Morgan Promotion and Development (MMPAD).

Visitors can embark on a nostalgic journey through time, reliving the era when rail transport played a pivotal role in shaping Queensland’s economy.

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River Cruises CQ: Cruising into Serenity

Truly showcasing the beauty of Rockhampton’s natural surroundings, River Cruises CQ journeys along the Fitzroy River, providing expert commentary on the heritage buildings, city skyline, and abundant wildlife.

Whether enjoying a sunset cruise with a loved one, or embarking on a wildlife-spotting adventure with the whole family, River Cruises CQ provides an opportunity to unwind and connect with nature while exploring the heart and history of Rockhampton.


Customs House: Gateway to the World

Rockhampton’s Customs 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 and 1901 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.

Customs House was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 2005.

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