Visitors flock to the Heritage Village after re-opening

Crowds have returned to the Rockhampton Heritage Village in record numbers since the re-opening on July 5 following the closure in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Rockhampton Regional Council used the shut-down to undertake behind the scenes work and consult with key stakeholders about the Village’s future.

Council reduced the entry fee to a flat $5 per person (over the age of three years).

The venue’s school holiday activities attracted 1838 people over the three days they were held. Parents, grandparents and children took the opportunity, for the first time in more than a year, to feed the animals, ride in vintage vehicles and Rory The Roadtrain and just have a look around the village.

When the gates opened on Tuesday for school holiday activities, the queue extended well into the car park with staff and volunteers working hard to get everyone into the village as quickly as possible. Similar scenes happened on Wednesday and Thursday.

Attendance figures were the highest for any single week of school holiday activities since they were first held in 2004.

The Heritage Village will hold its next school holiday activities in the September school holidays. More events are in the pipeline.

Rockhampton Heritage Village is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council and supported by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. It is situated at 296 Boundary Road Parkhurst, just north of the Yeppoon turnoff. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm, Monday to Sunday. Closed most public holidays.

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