At the Festival

The Festival Grounds are the heartbeat of the Capricorn Food and Wine Festival! Relish the very best wines, beers, ciders, spirits and liqueurs on offer from cellar-door experts, beer advocates and educators, connoisseurs and more.

Brimming with unique, quality food enjoy a smorgasboard of offerings from thai-inspired dishes and hot, tasty pizza, vegan dip platters, cheese and charcuterie boards, ramen, arrancini, delectable sweets matched with a glorious, strong coffee…yup, we’ve got you covered!

Stay & Play

Rockhampton boasts a number of beautiful hotels, many located on the southern side of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba), enjoying panoramic river, hinterland and city views surrounded by award-winning restaurants, bars and major precinct. 

Rockhampton’s newest and largest Apartment Hotel in the heart of the CBD Riverfront Precinct. Enjoy stunning views of the Fitzroy River, Mount archer and Rockhampton City. Empire is within walking distance to Rockhampton shopping mall on East Street in the CBD.

Rockhampton’s leading 4.5 AAA Star Rated Deluxe Accommodation in the heart of the CBD Riverfront Precinct.

Rockhampton Riverfront Precinct

The Capricorn Food and Wine Festival is held along Rockhampton’s Riverside Precinct. Situated right in the heart of the city, offers the best views of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) and is an exemplary example of modern, integrated urban design that sits alongside the city’s strip of heritage-listed buildings

Stroll along the heritage soaked sandstone boulevard on Quay Street and across the lower bank boardwalk surrounded by lush plantings, public artworks and a picturesque boat dotted vista.

Take in the views of the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) and the mountain ranges that lay to the north of Rockhampton from the Boathouse Restaurant. While you’re there, order a bite to eat, your drink of choice and sit on the deck overlooking the river. Hot tip – this is one of Rockhampton’s most Instagrammable places! 

A Taste of Rockhampton

If you are looking for somewhere to dine with great riverfront views, iconic heritage scenes or an electric atmosphere then you’ll find a mix of fine dining restaurants, cafes, pubs and takeaways right in the middle of Rockhampton’s CBD.

Fresh local produce, innovative cuisines, perfectly-matched wines and expansive river views characterise fine dining in the area. With a mix of indoor and alfresco dining, restaurants along the riverbank are the location for a long lunch or a special dinner with a mix of fine dining or wine and tapas, featuring gourmet delights and award winning menus.

Trip Advisor has a full list of restaurants in the Rockhampton Region but you can also find out more here :

Fishing the Fitzroy

While you’re here, why not try your hand at a spot of barrumundi fishing on the Fitzroy River. With over 300 days of sunshine a year and warm winter weather, Rockhampton is a fishing destination to visit all year round. 

Barramundi season is open from midday 1 February to midday 1 November each year. King Threadfin are also found in abundance in the Fitzroy River (Tunuba), the largest river on the eastern seaboard of Australia. With a total catchment area of 156,000 square kilometres, the river provides prime estuary and freshwater fishing country.

No matter who you are, how you want to fish, or what you want to catch, the Fitzroy River (Tunuba) is ready to welcome you.

Visit the Capricorn Coast

Stretching 95km from Stanage Bay to the mouth of the Fitzroy River, the coast is speckled with small townships, beautiful beaches, fantastic fishing and much more. Stop in at the main coastal hub of Yeppoon to browse the shops or wander along the foreshore, or head along the coast to Emu Park to enjoy fish and chips on the beach and visit the Singing Ship monument, commemorating Captain Cooks’ exploration. Or if you are looking for a tree change, head up to the township of Byfield to explore Byfield National Park.

The coastal life would not be complete without the amazing Keppel Bay Islands, with Great Keppel Island just 30 minutes off the coast of Yeppoon. Snorkel, trek and dive your ways around the islands and explore what the Capricorn Coast has to offer.

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