Rockhampton Botanical Gardens

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What better way to enjoy the best tropical climate Queensland has to offer than by exploring and discovering the delights of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, Rockhampton. It is regarded as one of the best in regional Australia.

If you’re looking to visit Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Rockhampton Zoo during the school holidays, please note of some additional parking spaces available for visitors! You can find alternative parking at:

  • The end of Phyllis Street (near the Japanese Gardens)
  • The end of Ward Street (at the back of Athelstane Bowls Club)
  • The Blackall Street entrance (along Yeppen Lagoon). 

There is also the usual parking inside of the gardens as normal.

The Outer Gardens

The Outer Gardens of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is home to 10 main features of the park, which are all outlined below:

  • The Ann Street Entry
  • The Flowering Tree Lawn
  • The Lassen Fernery
  • The Old Office Garden
  • Palm Grove
  • The Botanic Gardens Administration Centre
  • The Spencer Street Entry
  • The Sports Precinct
  • The Penlington Street End
  • The Rockhampton Zoo

The Lower Gardens

The Lower Gardens of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is home to 5 main features of the park, which are all outlined below:

  • The Experimental Garden
  • The Lagoon Bamboo
  • The Lagoon Foreshore
  • The Lower Rainforest
  • The Old Nursery Area

The Upper Gardens

rockhampton botanic gardens

The Upper Gardens of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is home to 12 main features of the park, which are all outlined below:

  • The Arid garden
  • The Banyan Figs
  • The Cenotaph and Lawn 
  • The Japanese Garden
  • The Japanese Garden Lawn
  • The North-south Axis
  • The Phyllis Street Entry
  • The Pinetum
  • The Playground
  • The Tamarind Tree Line
  • The Tropical Fruit Arboretum
  • The Upper Rainforest

Garden Tea Rooms

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The Garden Tea Rooms is the main cafe in the botanic gardens. The cafe is open from 8am-4pm daily, and it serves breakfast, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. We stopped by for lunch and drinks and let me tell you, they do not disappoint. We had a meat pie, egg and lettuce sandwhices, and iced chocolates and coffees. Tap water is also available free of charge.

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

There you have it. That’s our overview of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, near the Rockhampton Zoo. I hope this article gave you a better understanding of the gardens and helped you to pinpoint the first thing you want to do when you get there. For us it was the playground? What about you? Let us know if you think we’ve missed anything and we’ll be sure to add it.

Looking for more things to do in Rockhampton? Click here:
Things to do in Rockhampton with Kids
Mount Archer
Yeppoon Lagoon
Rockhampton Zoo
Kershaw Gardens Playground

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Alex has been writing for his mum's website since he was 10 years old and now he runs his own website, Get Out with Kids. He attends high school and works part time at McDonald's. Born in the UK but growing up in Australia he has a passion for travel, and has visited more than 25 countries. He has a Cert III in Hospitality and holds the Responsible Service of Alcohol certificate. With this background he is well qualified to write the website's restaurant reviews and travel articles. When he grows up he aims to be a pilot and is currently studying for his Recreational Pilot License.

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