When most people think of Rockhampton they generally don’t think of it as a tourist destination; it’s usually a city that you pass through on the way to Cairns, Townsville, Longreach or Brisbane, but Rockhampton has quite a few hidden gems that no one really knows about, one of these being the Rockhampton Zoo.
The Zoo is located in the Botanic Gardens and is free! It’s surrounded by lush plant life, which provides a cool atmosphere. The zoo is easily accessible via wheelchair and is small but contains high quality enclosures, typical Australian wildlife and wildlife exhibits that you would not expect.
Exhibits containing dingeos, various bird species, koalas, crocodiles, emu’s, monkeys, lizards and more are available to view as well as feeding kangaroos. There are presentations delivered by the zookeepers around midday also. Although, the best part of the day were the chimpanzees; they were so interactive! Legit, one chimp who was eight years old followed us around to the viewing window, picked up a log, and threw the log at the glass panel; they were amazing.
Allow around 1-2 hours to fully explore the zoo and head over to the botanic gardens after. There is a café where they serve coffee, milkshakes, soft drink, hot food, ice-cream and plenty more, as well as a souvenir shop to remember your experience.
Although small and free, the facilities, information provided, and exhibits displayed are of high quality and certainly worth the visit. I would suggest it to anyone passing through or visiting Rockhampton.