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$7.5 Million Plan for Rockhampton Zoo’s Visitor Hub Revealed

$7.5 Million Plan for Rockhampton Zoo's Visitor Hub Revealed
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Plans for a cutting-edge visitor entrance and upgraded amenities at Rockhampton Zoo were unveiled, marking a transformative phase for the region’s top attraction.

New Visitor Entrance and Amenities Plan Unveiled at Rockhampton Zoo

Construction is scheduled to commence this month after Diversified Building Services secured the tender. Completion is anticipated before Christmas, subject to weather conditions.

The announcement was made by Rockhampton Region Parks, Sport and Public Places Councillor Cherie Rutherford, who expressed her enthusiasm for the project’s potential to elevate the zoo’s status as a premier tourism destination.

The initiative aims to provide visitors a more enjoyable experience while addressing the long-overdue need for additional facilities within the zoo precinct.

Work to be done

  • A contemporary zoo entrance with a multipurpose building for both Council and community use.
  • A new public amenities block accessible from within the zoo and the Botanic Gardens.
  • Reptile enclosures integrated into the multipurpose building to showcase native and exotic reptiles.
  • A gathering space and plaza courtyard for pre and post-visitation experiences.
  • New footpaths, digital interactive displays, interpretive signage, wayfinding signage, and drinking fountains.
  • Hard and soft landscaping.
  • A significant roof structure to provide shade.

The $7.5 million project has received a significant boost with $1.5 million in funding from the Australian Government’s Building Better Regions Fund.

This substantial investment follows last year’s playground redevelopment within the Botanic Gardens, adjacent to the zoo, positioning Rockhampton as a premier destination for both locals and tourists alike.

As construction gears up, the community eagerly anticipates the transformation that will further enrich the Rockhampton Zoo experience and contribute to the region’s cultural and recreational landscape.


Rockhampton Regional Council