Rodeos, excursions in the surrounding area in your car hire and fantastic steaks! - the city of Rockhampton has a lot to offer. With 60,000 inhabitants, the city is the largest in between Townsville and Brisbane. Rockhampton is located directly on the Tropic of Capricorn which divides Australia into the tropical and the temperate sub-tropical zone.
You should definitely not miss the chance to visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre in Rockhampton. The history of Australia began long before the arrival of the convicts and the immigrants. Many thousands of years ago- it is estimated around 50,000- the aborigines lived in this country and they have developed a perfect culture. The spirit of the forefather of the aborigines made long journeys in the night in order to renew the land- mountains, rivers, plants and animals were created. The museum shows how close the aborigines were connected to their country and nature and partly how they still are today. Visitors can admire the art and culture of the aborigines and also the Torres- Strait islanders (An island near to Cape York, the northern most part of the Australian continent that can be easily reached in your car hire in Rockhampton.)
From Rockhampton it’s worthwhile to go on a few more excursions in the surrounding area in your cheap car hire: Particularly enjoyable is the Mount Hay Gemstone Tourist Park. For a cheap entrance fee you can dig for “Thundereggs”- blue gemstones. The park is situated east from Rockhampton and can be reached via the Capricorn Highway in your rented car. You should definitely take a trip 23km (14 miles) north of the city and visit the two caves- Camoo Caves and Olsen`s Capricorn Caves. But be careful- those of you that visit will be watched- the caves are the home for hundreds of bats! The caves have superb acoustics- on guided trips sometimes music is played in order to emphasise this.
In your car hire, the further north you travel the more lizards and reptiles you will find in this country. Lizards can often be found sitting on rocks or you can often see them if you go for a walk in the evening. Where you will see an abundance of lizards all in one place is the Koorana Crocodile Farm in Keppel Sands. It is worthwhile to visit the historical city of Mount Morgan located south from Rockhampton. The history of the city was founded on a discovery of gold that lasted until the end of the 1920’s. You can relive the time of the gold fever in the history museum where you will find pictures and artefacts from this time.
CarDelMar wishes you a great stay with car hire in Rockhampton.