Kershaw Gardens has been described as Rockhampton’s big back yard for all people to enjoy.
These magnificent gardens stretch one kilometre parallel to the Bruce Highway and provide an attractive, peaceful setting within North Rockhampton.
Enjoy the spacious parklands with walking tracks, play areas for the kids and spectacular photo opportunities including a magnificent waterfall.
Stop for a picnic by the beautiful waterfall that lies within the northern section of the Gardens then take a stroll through the People’s Forest, Grevillea Hill and the Wetlands. This walking circuit is ideal for people looking for a easy paced, flat walk to break up the day.
This is THE PLACE to stop if you have children!
Since 1988, the Gardens has undertaken a number of significant changes, but none more so than the redevelopment of the Central section which was finalised in the winter 2018. Built for families, parties, small events and outdoor activities the central section of the Kershaw Gardens is a must do. Don't miss:
You can also get peddling on the famous monorail, hold tight as you launch from the flying fox and keep your balance as you make your way over the timber play towers. And when you are ready for some food and socializing, use the free BBQ to cook up a storm, book into your local activities using the free Wi-Fi, enjoy good company under the shaded buildings. Of course, there is a new amenities building to use while you spend your day having fun!
The new Kershaw playground has a number of all-abilities features including an all abilities harness for the 30 metre double flying fox, an omnispinner and a birds nest swing. There are also a range of sensory experiences (like the Stuart Fragrant Garden) and accessible pathways to get you there.
Kershaw Gardens sustained significant damage as a result of Tropical Cyclone Marcia in February 2015. Major works was completed on the Northern and Central sections; however the Southern section, the most affected by the effects of tree fall and exposed landfill, will remain closed indefinitely.
Use your maps to locate the following free car parks located on the following streets:
- High Street
- Knight Street
- Dowling Street (locked at 6pm)
Free overnight camping is available at the High Street car park of Kershaw Gardens. The use of the site is for a maximum of 2 nights/48 hours and only fully self-contained campers are permitted as no additional facilities are provided. Please ensure that you contain all grey and black waste water generated and that your camper has a sink/shower and toilet installed. At any one time only a maximum of 35 self-contained vehicles are permitted. We hope you enjoy this location within the landscape of Kershaw Gardens while you explore Rockhampton and our region.