Rockhampton's Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of the best in regional Australia. Excellent specimens of palms, cycads and ferns are found throughout the beautifully manicured grounds. Some specimens are over 100 years old. The Rockhampton Botanic Gardens is a tropical paradise and provides a perfect location for a relaxing afternoon stroll. The Gardens now cater for weddings, private functions and guided tours. While you're in the area, the Rockhampton Zoo is located within the Botanic Gardens grounds and is free entry for all ages. Discover more than 70 species from across Australia and exotic animals from around the world in tropical rainforests and outback Australia exhibits.