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Review of Rockhampton Botanic Gardens

Rockhampton Botanic Gardens
Ranked #1 of 35 things to do in Rockhampton
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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“Nice offer for FREE”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2013 via mobile

Spent two hours here just strolling around. Its free admission and theres heaps to see. Rangers give an intrresting talk on chimps when feeding 'em. Gets busy on sundays. ;)

Visited April 2013
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Brisbane, Australia
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

The zoo and gardens are fantastic. Just turn left straight after the tourist centre and follow the signs, and up passed the Mater hospital There is a kangaroo enclosure were you can walk in and get close to the animals. Lots of other animals to see especially the Chimpanzee's they are amazing to watch. There is also a Japanese garden with a waterfall that is nice to see as well. We followed the signs to the lagoon but got lost. I think some signs are a little confusing as they don't lead you to the area you want to go.

Visited April 2013
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Rockhampton, Australia
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“Free!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

The gardens are ok, and the animals (cassowary, emu, kangaroos, wombats, dingoes and chimps) will be entertaining for small children or visiting foreigners. The grounds are well maintained and there is plenty of parking. But the highlight is the lagoon at the bottom of the hill; nice views for Rockhampton, and there are hundreds of turtles near the bank. Also ducks. Ducks are awesome.

Visited April 2013
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Rockhampton, Australia
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34 reviews
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“We visit often”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

This is a great set up with everything from exotic birds, chimpanzee's, dingos, kolas, wombats, crocodiles, reptiles etc AND it is all FREE. The zoo is well maintained and we always end at the bottom feeding the ducks and turtles.

The botanical gardens are beautiful and we often enjoy the playground, which is also well maintained. There is a cafe if you wish to purchase food and beverages, however we always pack our own. The toilet facilities are a bit of a walk from both the zoo and playground - so they could have more.

All in all, this is a great venue especially if you have an appreciation for animals, nature or have small children who will love the play area.

Visited February 2013
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Ontario
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“Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens and Zoo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

The Botanic Gardens are well laid out and spread out, which makes them a wonderful place to stroll around when the weather is fine. And there are plenty of trees for shade on hot days (and most days are hot in Rockhampton for visitors:). The trees and shrubs have markers with their name and the region they come from.

Part of the Gardens are also Rockhampton's War Memorial, which is integrated the whole by providing beds of plants in memory of battles etc. It's a tasteful, though somber, way of remembering.

The tearooms have snacks, ice cream and cold drinks and are shaded by a large banyan tree, which is good and bad. The branches become a launching pad for parrots, mynahs, ibis, and other birds who dearly want to share your lunch. Great if you like birds but not so much if you don't. There's no indoor seating so you have to fend for yourself.

The Zoo is small but nicely laid out and maintained with open paddocks for local animals like kangaroos, wallabies and emus. The are more closed areas for the less attractive local fauna such as pythons, monitors, etc. It also has a free-flight aviary for rarer bird such as the royal spoonbill.

Visited March 2013
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