Free & low cost things to do in Rockhampton these school holidays!


Christmas school holidays are here & so the challenge begins on what to do to keep the kids occupied without spending a fortune!

We have put together the top 7 “must do activities” with kids that are no cost or low cost these school holidays


Enjoy a sunset spectacle on Mt Etna’s batty tour

This is a low cost activity for the entire family! It’s a 2.4km round walk through the dry rainforest & to Bat Cleft on the Mt Etna Karst. It’s a natural wonder only to be seen December – mid-February of tens of thousands of bats emerging from their roost

Tours cost $11.40 for adults, $5.55 for children, $7.45 for pensioners and $34.20 for a family

For more information about the tours see the website –> Mt Etna Bat Tours

Mt Etna Bat Tours

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Pack a picnic lunch and head to Stoney Creek

Crystal clear waters and excellent facilities make Upper Stoney creek an underutilised way to escape the heat.

The water is always nice & cool, it’s the ideal place to pack a picnic lunch, a football & some swimmers!

There is loads of room for the kids to run around & enjoy this national park

There is no cost whatsoever for this family day out!

For more information about walking tracks and facilities at Byfield check out their website –> Byfield National Park

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Book an interative & creative bonding experience at the Rockhampton Art Gallery!

Rockhampton art gallery are holding classes every Monday & Friday where children and their parents or caregiver are able to create an art project together!

Take this opportunity to do something fun & free & walk away with something you made together. They mentioned on their facebook page that every week they are making something new, you could be making a Christmas decoration, a boat, an animal flip-book, a pirate hat,or  a space buggy!

They have broken the sessions down age appropriately

9am – 10am: 0-2 year-olds
10.15am – 11.15am: 3-5 year-olds
11.30am – 12.30pm: 6 – 10 year-olds

Promotes togetherness & creativity in a fun & interactive way

For more information see the event listed on their FB page –> Rockhampton Art Gallery School Holidays



Pack up the scooters & swimmers for fun filled day at Cedric Archer Park Gracemere

The new water play area just opened at Cedrick Archer Park at Gracemere & is a great destination for families!  With the playground, skatepark & waterplay areas all side by side the kids can go between activates freely & all within parent’s sight.

There are picnic tables, undercover areas & BBQs & now also with ample parking in the newly built carpark


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Head to the Fitzroy Basin Association Visitor Center for some free 3D Augmented reality!

This is a hands on learning experience for the kids (they don’t even realise they are learning!) where they learn concepts behind waterway modelling, there is a virtual reality experience & a 3D augmented reality! You can expect to be here for a while, its great for kids & adults! Totally free and open Tuesday – Thursday 10am-3pm, no bookings required just head n down!

You can read more about it on their flyer on their FB page –> Fitzroy Basin Assocoiation


Summer Solstice at the caves followed by a swim & a caves burger

It’s a natural light phenomenon that only happens once a year for roughly 4-5 weeks, December to January and only for about 30 minutes per day (whether pending)

It’s a have to be seen to be believed experience & one you certainly don’t want to miss

All you need to do is book an 11am Cathedral cave tour before January 10th to see it

After your tour you can jump in the pool and cool off in the dry rainforest surrounds, build up an appetite then head to the kiosk for a Caves burger!

Book the 11am Cathedral tour for the summer Solstice –> Book Now

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Pack up a BBQ lunch & go to the 42 Battalion Memorial North side slides

Pack up a BBQ lunch and with $2 entry until February take the kids & enjoy the new water slides!

The North side pool was devastated when cyclone Marcia hit, much of it needing rebuilding. With the recent $1.3 million dollar state government funding they have been able to rebuild the deteriorated slides!

What a great way to celebrate its opening & support our local community all at an affordable price …. & lots of fun!

Visit their Facebook page for more information –> North Side Slides


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