Rocky was our first stop on our road trip down the coast from Airlie Beach and a common place for road trippers to stay after the 5+ hour drive down. While our stay was short, our experience taught us a few things that I think other backpackers would a heads-up on! So here we go, a quick guide to Rockhampton.
YHA is the only hostel ($25) and even travelling as a three it was cheaper than sharing a motel room. While it was pretty basic, it had everything we needed so no complaints here.
What to do?
Our Rocky highlight was the Capricorn Caves – for $30 we took an hour long tour which took us through some of the most impressive and historical caves and is super interesting come rain or shine. There are also options to go adventure caving a.k.a. fitting through teeny weeny gaps, which looked awesome. The thing that impressed me the most about this tour is how eco aware it was, every precaution is taken to preserve and protect the caves. A wheelchair ramp has also been carefully fitted, making it accessible to all.
BONUS TIP : Keep in mind that there are no shuttles or buses to and from the caves which are 20km away from town.
The Greyhound does stop in Rockhampton, however I spoke to a German guy who said that in order to get the 2am bus down the coast he had to take a 6:30pm shuttle from the hostel to the bus stop and all he could do was wait around.
What to eat? Vegan / Veggie Friendly?
If you’re vegan – pack some snacks for the drive as your only options between Airlie and Rocky will be gas stations and has anyone ever come across a vegan friendly gas station?
In the town itself, we headed to Giddy Goat Cafe and Bar which has a few vegan and heaps of could-be-vegan options. I went for some avo and tomato on brushetta and a really yum spinach, celery, lychee, aloe and lime smoothie.
Other than Giddy, Rocky has a ton of Asian cuisines (always good for veggie options) and all restaurant had the standard veg options.
How long should you stay in Rockhampton?
While I enjoyed Rockhampton, one night is all you need as other than the caves there is little to do. If you’re travelling by car I would definitely recommend checking out the caves but if not, it may prove to be too much hassle and the extra day could be spent elsewhere.
Capricorn caves! While in some areas flash is prohibited due to the bats, the lights and colours make for some great snaps.
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