Nature… it’s like our secret battery charger! Whether you’re into gardening, walking, paddling, riding, picnicking, birdwatching, playing at a local park or just relaxing in the great outdoors, there’s something for everyone.
There are a range of local nature hotspots that are near and dear to our hearts. Here’s a sample of some of our natural assets captured by our talented local shutterbugs.
Fraser Park, Mount Archer
Located at the Summit of Mount Archer, Fraser Park is an iconic destination for locals and visitors. The site is specially zoned for environment and conservation use and best known for its walking trails, picnic spots and views of Rockhampton and surrounding areas.
As the gateway to Mount Archer National Park, Fraser Park provides a setting in which to protect, celebrate and connect with culture and our environment. Take in breathtaking views of the region as you watch the sunrise and enjoy an early morning walk with the birds or share a picnic as you watch the sunset over Rockhampton.
First Turkey, Mount Archer
Head into First Turkey and get away from it all, just minutes from suburbia.
Council manages 188 hectares of reserve and freehold land, adjacent to the Mount Archer National Park. Enjoy over 20 kilometres of mountain bike tracks cradled between Moores Creek and Mount Archer National Park. The tracks cater for a range of novice and experienced riders. Map available. Or take a short walk to explore some popular walking tracks and swimming holes along Moores Creek. The swimming hole is best after decent rainfall, once the creek has stopped rushing.
You’ll also find an outdoor learning facility, a composting toilet and wayfinding signage nestled within First Turkey.
Our Region includes extensive wetlands, creeks and river systems covering nearly 6% of our total area. Renowned for a wide variety of local birdlife, Springers Lagoon is a popular site for swimming, fishing, kayaking, bird watching and picnics. It also serves as a designated water reserve for travelling stock.
Springers Lagoon is recognised as a Matter of State Significance (MSES) for biodiversity and wetland values (this includes the waterway plus a 100 m buffer). It is situated on Teatree Creek, which flows across the Fitzroy River floodplain to join Scrubby Creek, then Frogmore Lagoon and finally Gavial Creek. It is a critical link in the chain of wetland habitats that extend from the estuarine reaches of the Fitzroy River to high value upstream wetlands.
Mount Morgan, Number 7 Dam
Visit the 'Big Dam' at Mount Morgan and enjoy a swim, take a kayak or enjoy the huge shady playground. Take some time out to enjoy a walk, a swim or a paddle or take in some of the local bird life. You can also enjoy the huge shady playground, take a picnic or fire up the free electric BBQs.
Bouldercombe Gorge and Falls
Take a walk through Bouldercombe Gorge Regional Park.
Situated behind Bouldercombe between Rockhampton and Mount Morgan, the gorge cuts into the Razorback Range and Crocodile Creek runs along the gorge floor. After good rain, a system of creeks, waterfalls and waterholes are present, providing a welcome refuge for wildlife. Bouldercombe Falls provides a popular local swimming hole.
Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service manages the 3970ha area to protect its significant natural values. Bouldercombe Gorge Regional Park protects eight different regional ecosystems and a number of significant species including the black-breasted button-quail (Turnix melanogaster), scarlet fuschia (Graptophyllum excelsum), Cycas megacarpa and Decaspermum struckoilicum.
The area caters for a low level of self-sufficient visitors. Caution should be taken as there are unformed tracks and the area can be subject to flash flooding. Visitors should take extra care during the wet season and rainy weather and remember to never cross flooded creeks.
Limestone Creek Conservation Park
On Rockhampton’s northern outskirts lies the little known Limestone Creek Conservation Park. Featuring a network of walking tracks through open eucalypt woodland, this park offers a quiet respite from the noisy city. A great location for morning and afternoon walks, all tracks are level and an easy grade, so get a group together and explore.
The Fitzroy River and associated waterways and wetlands
The Rockhampton Region includes extensive wetlands, creeks and river systems covering some 407km2 or 6% of our total area. The Fitzroy River is the region’s major waterway and the largest river catchment flowing to the east coast of Australia.
As a key natural asset, the river delta and flood plain are considered to be nationally important wetlands. The river is mapped as a Fish Habitat Area and the delta also hosts one of three known populations of the critically endangered Capricorn yellow chat. The Fitzroy River drains to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. The Region’s lagoons each have their own individual character and attract a myriad of bird life, which is great for birdwatching or just enjoying a walk in the great outdoors.
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The Rockhampton Region is home to some 576 species of native animals. A range of species have special conservation significance including the glossy black cockatoo, yellow chat, powerful owl, black-breasted button quail, ghost bat, koala, greater glider, estuarine crocodile, white throated snapping turtle and the Fitzroy River turtle.