If you find yourself on the northern end of Queensland’s coast, don’t pass up a visit to Rockhampton, your gateway to the coast and the outback .
Venture deep into nature at the Capricorn Caves to get a little further away from winter and ever so slightly closer to the warm centre of the Earth. The caves are home to a surprising range of events, from abseiling and rock climbing, to concerts (opera performances!) and geo-discovery tours.
Next, step back in time with a visit to the Rockhampton Heritage Village or Archer Park Rail Museum. Rockhampton Heritage Villages showcases 100 years of the city’s history, from 1850 to 1950, and gives visitors the chance to see antique machinery, a hall of clocks, a blacksmith shop, a vintage homestead, and cottages, all while packs of friendly farm animals patrol the grounds. After that, take a trip on a heritage steam train, at the Archer Park Rail Museum, through the stunning natural landscapes that surround Rockhampton.
Just north of Rockhampton, the Shire of Livingstone, which includes Mount Gardiner, Townshend and Allandale islands, Yeppoon and Kunwarara, is also full of surprises. Enjoy the ocean sunsets over the Keppel Bay Islands National Park, or hike to the top of Wreck Point Lookout in Yeppoon to encounter views that are fit for a king.
Livingstone is also your gateway to a variety of outback adventures, including bush racing in Biloela and Thangool in the Banana Shire; fishing and exploring at Lake Callide, or some historical mystery solving at Cracow, a ghost town with a captivating goldmining history.