The annual Capricorn Food and Wine Festival will once again be set against the backdrop of the mighty Fitzroy River Rockhampton on 15-17 September 2017.
The bustling hub of Rockhampton boasts authentic and easy going country hospitality, as well as cosmopolitan shopping, fine dining and a wide range of entertainment options and nightlife. Situated on the banks of the mighty Fitzroy River, Rockhampton is renowned for its elegant streetscapes with majestic sandstone buildings and has a lot of history for visitors to explore.
Welcome to the Beef Capital of Australia!
But make no mi(steak)… There’s more to Rockhampton than just beef!
Experience the regions abundant restaurants, cafes and bars and be prepared to open your mind to a startling array of dining options that rival any capital city!
The trendy dining, alfresco areas and great atmosphere of the CBD offers ultimate variety in eating out – great food, iconic heritage buildings, river views, cocktail bars, club, pubs framed by the spectacular fairy lights that line East Street. The relaxed atmosphere of our city lends to venues being accessible to families and groups of all ages. Complementing our local establishments are a number of national and international fast food chains and restaurants.
A river run through it – the mighty Fitzroy River
The wide, tidal river know as “Toonooba” had been home to the Darambal people for tens of thousands of years before being named the Fitzroy by Charles and William Archer on 4 May 1853. Both geographically and historically the Fitzroy defines the city just as the wider basin supports and gives definition to the Central Queensland communities that straddle its flow.
Rising out of Rockhampton’s north-eastern suburbs, Mount Archer National Park provides magnificent views of the city, and showcases a spectacular range of native Australian flora and fauna. Pack a picnic and take the short scenic drive to the summit of Mt Archer, where you can enjoy stunning views of the city sprawling below and the surrounding volcano plugs jutting out of the landscape.
For a more relaxing nature experience a visit to the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a must. The heritage listed gardens are over 130 years old and are regarded as one of the best provincial gardens in Australia. Enjoy a stroll around the Japanese Gardens, enjoy a a bit to eat at the cafe located under ancient fig trees and let the kids run riot on the large playground. The gardens are also home to the Rockhampton Zoo where you can get up close with a range of animals, and the best bit it’s free!
Base yourself at the centre of the Festival
With this years festival being held on the Fitzroy Riverbank why not book yourself into the Empire Apartment Hotel to put yourself at the heart of the festival within easy walking distance of all the festival events and masterclasses.
Stay a while on the Capricorn Coast
The Capricorn Coast is exciting, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. Stretching a lazy 95 kilometres from Stanage Bay to the mouth of the Fitzroy River and is populated by a series of coastal communities ranging from fishing havens, rainforest retreats, scenic sweet spots and old school, Central Queensland-style seaside villages.
Eat, play, relax and stay a while at Roslyn Bay Beaches Resort & Spa.
Explore Great Keppel Island
The main accessible island is Great Keppel Island and ferries depart most days to from Pier One, Rosslyn Bay and Keppel Bay Marina. There are also a number of charters, and full day cruises, sailing adventures, and extended tour options are also available from Keppel Bay Marina.
Great Keppel Island Hideaway offers an affordable Southern Great Barrier Reef holiday for everyone – singles, couples, families and groups. It offers the only restaurant and bar facility on Great Keppel Island, catering for day visitors and those who wish to experience an island holiday in a range of accommodation, including fully self contained cabins, ensuited cabins, bunkhouses and budget tents.
Visitor Information Centre
The Tropic of Capricorn Spire Visitor Information Centre
Ph: 1800 676 701
Gladstone Road, Rockhampton 4700
Opening Hours – Monday-Sunday 9.00am-5.00pm