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Louise Heginbotham3 years ago

Have fun in the sun at these great nature reserves

It’s just hit winter, but in Rockhampton you wouldn’t know it! With this week set to have tops of around 26-27 degrees, it’s time to start planning some great trips and take full advantage of this lasting warmer weather. Luckily, we’ve found some great day trips and hiking trails to have some fun in the sun (while it’s still around!). If you’re on holiday with the kids and are looking for some great things to do in Rockhampton, we have got you covered. Check out these awesome nature parks, walking trails and local pubs to keep yourself and the kids busy this week.

So the sun is out and it’s warming the air—it’s hard to believe winter is here! If you’re ready to put on those hiking boots and ignite your sense of adventure, we’ve got just the ticket to keep you busy during your day (as well as great Rockhampton restaurants to refuel after burning off all that energy!).

Want a day away from central Rockhampton? Get hiking!

Mount Etna Caves National Park

Beautiful views - Rockhampton
Beautiful views – Rockhampton

If you’re after some fun and adventure away from the busy city centre, drive 30 minutes up to the Mount Etna Caves National Park. With beautiful limestone outcrops and dry rainforest patches, this is a fantastic option for getting out among nature. Head to the Cammoo picnic area and admire the stunning scenery, or take to exploring one of the many mountain tracks available. Even better – The Bat Cleft Track is reopening this weekend after having the boardwalk done up, so you will have even more areas to venture into!
Where: The Caves QLD 4702

All done exploring? We have just the place to put your feet up.

The Caves Country Pub

Enjoy amazing fresh muffins and more, The Caves Country Pub - The Caves
Enjoy amazing fresh muffins and more, The Caves Country Pub – The Caves

What better way to end your epic hiking journey than a trip to this adorable country pub and café. Open from Monday to Saturday, 10am to midnight, and Sundays from 11am to 10pm, you can snap up some amazing lunch and dinner specials that are sure to silence the grumbliest of tummies. Enjoy the laidback atmosphere and the friendly, local staff who go out of their way to ensure you’re satisfied. If you’re after something quick and light to eat, we recommend picking up one of their deliciously fresh muffins! The Caves Country Pub is truly the ideal place to rest up after a long day of exploring.
Where: 1 Buch Square, The Caves QLD 4702


Want to go somewhere a little closer to the city? Get the kids in the car and head out.

Mount Archer National Park

The way up to Mount Archer - Rockhampton
The way up to Mount Archer – Rockhampton

If you’re looking for a fantastic place to take the kids, try Mount Archer National Park. Just 15-minutes’ drive from the CBD, this park offers amazing views of the city, as well as beautiful dry rainforests. Keep an eye out for feasting glossy black cockatoos—these beautiful and rare birds love to hang out here! Head out onto the Zamia Walk, a walking track through the park. There are also some great lookouts to take breathtaking photos of the city and forest.
Where: Mount Archer QLD 4701

All finished? Rest up and relax at this great local pub.

Beserker Tavern

Delicious chicken parma, The Beserker Tavern - Rockhampton
Delicious chicken parma, The Beserker Tavern – Rockhampton

Offering a delicious selection of bistro food that is great for the kids and easy on the wallet, the Beserker Tavern is the ultimate pitstop after a long day of trekking. With the bistro open 7 days, lunch from midday to 2pm and dinner 6pm to 8:30pm, it’s a treat any day of the week. Whether you want to take on the Bersy Boss Burger—180 grams of meat, cheese, bacon, egg and salad—or something a bit lighter such as their salt and pepper calamari, you’re sure to find something you love. They also have a great kids menu including mini chicken Kievs, chicken nuggets and fish and chips.
Where: 368 Dean St, North Rockhampton QLD 4702

So you’re pretty worn out now you’ve been chasing the kids around and trekking up mountain ranges. Soothe your aching legs and back with these amazing spa treatments in Rockhampton—the perfect antidote to a hectic week!

Do you have a hidden hiking trail you love to venture? Tell us in the comments below!

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