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.
Kershaw Gardens Update
We are currently upgrading path connectivity from the Kershaw Waterfall and paths at the High Street Car park entrance and improving the viewing opportunities at the Waterfall . We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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)
Camping at Kershaw Gardens
Due to Covid-19 all visitors using our free overnight camping at High Street carpark are now required to complete and display the following COVID-19 Visitor Contact Tracing Form which can be found here. Your patience during these unprecedented times is greatly appreciated.
Here at Rockhampton Regional Council we are pleased to announce that the Kershaw Gardens free camping site has now reopened and we appreciate your patience during these unprecedented times. As a reminder the rules for overnight camping at High Street carpark within Kershaw Gardens are:
- Your vehicle must allow you to wholly contain and store
- All 'Grey Water' you generate
- All 'Black Water' you generate
- All rubbish you generate
- A maximum of 35 self-contained vehicles at any given time
- A maximum of 2 nights or 48 hours
- Do not block roads or paths
- Do not discharge waste water onto grounds
- Pets must be supervised and on a leash at all times
Generator use 8:00am to 7:00pm only
The vehicle must have installed and/or carry the necessary fit for purpose specifically manufactured equipment.
- Water supply
- Grey water
Note: Definition from the Caravan and Motorhome Club of Australia Limited - CMCA Self Contained Vehicle (SCV) Policy
Rockhampton Region Planning Scheme (2015) - Version 2.1 - Definitions