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Rockhampton Attractions

The Capricorn Caves

Capricorn Caves

Only 23 kilometers north of Rockhampton at Olsen’s Caves Road, off the Bruce Highway, one will find the popular attraction in this part of the world ever since Norwegian pioneer John Olsen stumbled upon them in 1882. The limestone caves initially originated in an ancient coral reef (some 380 million years ago) and today are a labyrinth of tiny tunnels and larger chambers. The one hour tour goes through large caverns with stalactite and stalagmite formations before entering the twenty meters high Cathedral Cave. The tour is daily from 9 am to 4 pm (closing time is 5pm). Pot-holers over age sixteen can squeeze through tunnels and chimneys and rock climb on a three hour long adventure tour that has to be booked one day ahead. From December 1st to January 10th, one can catch the Summer Solstice light cave on a tour departing every morning at eleven am. On the longest day each year, the sun moves over the Tropic of Capricorn, and its rays light through a hole in the caves. This is popular as the Summer Solstice phenomenon and takes place at only once a year when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Capricorn. The caves are also home to thousands of small bats that leave the cave everyday at sunset to feed. One should spare enough time here to walk the thirty minutes dry rainforest trail, see the video on bats, and feed the wild kangaroos. If one like it so much that want a longer stay, a motor-home park and campground are available.

Capricorn Caves Rockhampton

Dreamtime Cultural Centre

Rockhampton Dreamtime-Cultural Centre

The Dreamtime Cultural Center, which is situated on the Bruce Highway opposite the Yeppoon turnoff, six kilometers north of the city, showcases the Aboriginal culture. There is a sandstone cave duplicate, a display on the dugong (manatee) culture of the Torres Strait Islanders, and a crafts shop of the Aboriginals. The centre is open Monday to Friday from 10 am to 3:30 pm., and the entry fee including a tour, is A$13 (US$10) for adults, A$9 (US$7.20) for seniors, A$6 (US$4.80) for students and backpackers, and A$11 (US$8.80) for kids. Regular tours of burial sites and rock art, with didgeridoo demonstrations and boomerang-throwing classes are available, starting at 10:30 am.

Dreamtime Cultural Center

The town of Rockhampton has two free public botanic gardens, both very nice for a strolls or a barbecue picnic. The Kershaw Gardens, which display Aussie rainforest, wetland, and various fragrant plants from north of the 30th parallel, has and a monorail and a pioneer-style slab hut where Devonshire teas are served. Enter off Charles Street. The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens founded in 1869, are absolutely fascinating. Admission is free to the small zoo inside the grounds, which features lorikeets, kangaroos, koalas, cassowaries and various other creatures, including 2 chimpanzees. The gardens are open six am to six pm daily, and the zoo daily from eight am. to five pm. One can enter off Ann Street or Spencer Street.

Kershaw Gardens Rockhampton

Some other interesting attractions in Rockhampton include Attic Gallery & Craft Centre, Frogmore Adventures, Mount Morgan Mine Tours, Keppel bunker group of islands, the Great Barrier Reef, etc.

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