Rockhampton Day Trip – Heritage and History Drive

Multiple Locations

This delightful drive is a departure from the Beef Capital badge and focuses on heritage, history and culture around Rockhampton. Start at the Capricorn Caves before you head south to the Rockhampton Heritage Village and then on to the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. This journey ends in the Central Business District at the Riverside Park. Stretching just over 30 kilometres long, this is an easy half day or full day experience, depending on how long you wish to linger in each destination.

Journey Details

Duration
24 Hours
Distance
31 Kilometres

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Capricorn Caves to Rockhampton Heritage Village

30 minutes north of Rockhampton are the Capricorn Caves, with stunning rock formations, cave networks and their inhabitants, and fossils of creatures from lifetimes ago. These spectacular caves date back 390 million years ago when the sedimentary limestone rock originated under the sea as coral growing in shallow waters. These days the caves are open to adventure caving, abseiling, climbing and a high ropes course with accommodation options.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Rockhampton Heritage Village to Dreamtime Cultural Centre

Be prepared to step back in time at the Rockhampton Heritage Village south along the Bruce Highway from the Capricorn Caves. This museum tells the tale of the Rockhampton district between 1850 and 1950. View vintage vehicles, a hall of clocks, timber cutters camp, a blacksmith shop, homesteads and cottages, vintage machinery and a range of friendly farm animals.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Dreamtime Cultural Centre to Riverside Park

Further south you'll stumble across the 12 hectares of landscaped gardens which are the centrepiece of the Dreamtime Cultural Centre. Set on the Northern side of Limestone Creek, the major points of interest include the native plants, trees and a large waterfall. The Vanishing Culture of the Sandstone Belt - a stunning 34-metre display of recreated sandstone caves not only entertains but also educates on the environment of the Central Queensland Sandstone Belt. Also portrayed are the traditional Aboriginal people of this area, the early days of the Aboriginal mythology, and the significance of Kenniff's cave, being both the history of Aboriginal occupation in Australia and the early history of cattle-duffing in the region.

Back in the Central Business District, Riverside Park sits on the banks of the Fitzroy River in historic Quay Street and is a lovely place to stretch the legs and complete this Queensland drive.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way

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