Capricorn

6 things to do these school holidays in Rockhampton

From island getaways to cave adventures and rodeos, here’s how you can get out and about with your kiddies these school holidays in Rockhampton and the Capricorn Region.

1. ISLAND ADVENTURE

If you’ve got some budding marine biologists in your midst, jump on board a combo cruise through the Keppel Bay Islands with Freedom Fast Cats.

Leaving every Monday, the trip includes a glass-bottom boat viewing tour, some free time on Great Keppel Island and a sausage sizzle back on board the boat.

After lunch, jump back into the water for a snorkel tour. Adults $109. Children $77. Family pass $310.

2. ZOO TIME

Taking a page out of New York’s book with Central Park Zoo, Rockhampton has its own version.

The Rockhampton Zoo is nestled between the Botanic Gardens and the Murray Lagoon. And the best part, it’s free for all. The Zoo is open all year from 8am – 4:30pm and only closed on Christmas Day.

3. RIDE ‘EM COWBOY

Looking for dinner and a show? Chow down some of the best steak in Queensland while you watch rodeo rookies and professionals take turns riding raging bulls.

The Great Western’s disguise as a pub and restaurant ain’t fooling anyone, just head out to the back and you’ll find a roaring crowd cheering on riders from as young as 10yrs old.

And if you’re game enough to give it a go, it might be best to test your skills on the mechanical bull first. It’s lots of fun, even for the big kids!

4. LAP IT UP

You don’t need to stay at a pricy hotel or resort to enjoy a luxurious swimming pool while in Yeppoon.

Just head on down to the Yeppoon Lagoon which occupies a prime waterfront position on the foreshore.

Entry to the lagoon is free and there are lifeguards on duty seven days a week.

5. TO THE BAT CAVE

Delve deep into the Capricorn Caves and discover how scientists are using bat poo and owl spew to research climate change and also to learn about the megafauna which once roamed this land.

Get hands-on petting a bearded dragon and carpet python and finish up the two-hour tour with a walk through the ancient dry rainforest and taste some local honey. Adults $32. Children $16. Family $87.

Psst! In summer, you can be witness to a natural phenomenon. Nature will put on a light show that would make Pink Floyd jealous. The Summer Solstice Light Spectacular happens from 1 December to 15 January, so hurry to the Capricorn Caves to watch sunlight pierce through a 14-metre vertical shaft and light it up like a disco ball.

6. WILDLIFE WATCH

Get scaley at the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary.

Hold a snake, pet a koala and have a peek at more than 350 different animals. This is the only place in Central Queensland where sick, injured and orphaned animals are cared for, so it’s pretty special.

Have you spent the school holidays in Rockhampton? What was on your itinerary?