Kershaw Gardens

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.

 

Northern Section

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. 

 Central Section 

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:

  • Wyatt's Wonder Web: Originally designed for New York’s Central Park, Wyatt’s Wonder Web includes five levels of play for kids and adults too. Standing at nine metres high, climb through various obstacles including climbing ropes, ladders, tunnels, three slides and swinging hammocks on the top level. This iconic play area is named in honour of Tom Wyatt, a former Curator, Parks Director and Councillor who designed and developed Kershaw Gardens. 
  • Fitzroy River water play area - Prepared to get your toes wet in the 200mm deep meandering water course was designed to represent the flow of water through the Fitzroy River from Riverslea out to the sea. It also comes complete with its very own barrage! Plenty of vantage points around the water play area to watch the kids from. 

Still up for some fun? 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 socialising? 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!

Southern Section 

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.

Parking

Use your maps to locate the following free car parks located on the following streets:

  • High Street
  • Knight Street
  • Dowling Street (locked at 6pm)
Overnight camping

Recreational vehicle (RV) camping for overnight camping (maximum 48 hours stay) is available for fully self- contained vehicles at the High Street car park. Vehicles must have the ability to retain and store all grey water and black water within the vehicle/ caravan/ camper. Council has installed signage at the site  outlining the conditions and it is expected that users will abide by these. Local Laws Officers undertake random inspections and will also respond to specific complaints of users ignoring the conditions.