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Rockhampton Guide

Cafes and Restaurants


The Boathouse is one of the best spots in Rockhampton to grab a drink. The cafe has beautiful views over the Fitzroy River, and the menu is affordable for budget travellers buying return flights to Rockhampton. Whether you're in the mood for a classic pizza, pork ribs or an Asian-inspired dish, the menu has something for everyone. You can also swap out ingredients to make the dish vegan or vegetarian-friendly. However, the cocktail menu is where Boathouse really shines. Don't leave without trying the Fitzroy Martini or the signature Boathouse Blue.

Headricks Lane

For an excellent breakfast, head to Headricks Lane. It's located on East Street in a heritage warehouse. Inside the building, you'll find a cafe that doubles as an eatery by night and a bar. The breakfast menu is extensive and features everything from acai bowls to scones and even an option to DIY the most important meal of the day.

The Two Professors

Another great breakfast spot for foodies buying cheap flights to Rockhampton is The Two Professors. It's a chic little cafe that's a trendy spot for digital nomads buying flights to Rockhampton who want to get a good cup of coffee and some work done at the same time.

Dingles Cafe & Bar

If you're on a mission to uncover the best cup of coffee in Rockhampton, make your way over to Dingles. Despite only opening its doors in 2016, Dingles has quickly become one of the top-rated cafes in the city, and is tucked away in a beautiful heritage building. If your flights to Rockhampton have landed and you’re in the mood for something more filling than a cup of coffee, the cafe does offer a lunch menu.

Great Western Hotel

The Great Western Hotel is famous for its award-winning steakhouse. It receives thousands of patrons each year who buy airfare to Rockhampton to soak up the hotel’s unique atmosphere. There’s also a live rodeo held on Wednesday and Friday evenings that sets it apart from other restaurants in the city. You'll want to phone ahead to make a reservation as it does get busy.

The Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Rockhampton depends on your budget and what you want to see and do. Located on the Tropic of Capricorn, the temperatures in Rockhampton are warm throughout the year. However, if you're buying flights to Rockhampton in the summer, be sure to book a hotel with aircon.

The humidity is at its worse between December and February. In the winter months (June to August), the temperatures drop to an average of 23 degrees. In the evenings, you'll need a light jacket or a pullover. You may have an easier time finding cheap flights to Rockhampton over this period if you avoid the school holidays.

Another thing to keep in mind when buying your return flights to Rockhampton is the day of the week. Due to business travellers visiting the city frequently, hotel prices tend to be at a premium from Monday to Friday. If you can, fly into Rockhampton Airport (ROK) over the weekend. The town is quieter and it can be the most affordable option for budget-conscious travellers.

Best Things To Do on Weekends

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

If you're buying flights to Rockhampton as a family or you need some me-time, spend an afternoon at the Botanic Gardens. There's a small zoo that the kids will love, as well as Japanese Garden, a Banyan fig forest and a tearoom.

Go shopping at the markets

Rockhampton is a thrift shoppers dream come true. There are plenty of markets that happen throughout the week. Buy your flights to Rockhampton over the second Sunday of January, March, May, July, September or November and you can attend the Heritage Village Markets. You can shop for arts and crafts, homemade goods and sample some of the delicious food from the vendors. Another popular market in the city is the Arcade Car Park Market. You can shop for local produce, get your fortune read and browse racks upon racks of preloved clothes. If you find too many things you want to buy, you can always purchase another suitcase at one of the markets before you head to Rockhampton Airport (ROK) to catch your flight back home.

Capricorn Caves

The Capricorn Caves have been attracting travellers to Rockhampton for years. It's one of the city's most famous attractions, and many tourists buy flights to Rockhampton to explore the impressive cave system. Keep an eye out for the tiny bats that call it home and the Cathedral Cave that's often the setting for destination weddings. It is a day trip from the city so you can either join a tour or rent a vehicle. You can pay for your car hire at the same time you book your flights to Rockhampton with Webjet and pick it up when you arrive at Rockhampton Airport (ROK).

Rockhampton Art Gallery

The Rockhampton Art Gallery is where you'll find some of Australia's most significant art collections. The gallery houses mid-20th-century Australian art and features pieces from Albert Tucker, Fred Williams, John Brack, John Perceval, Arthur Boyd and Sidney Nolan. For art lovers buying tickets to Rockhampton, the gallery is a must-visit!