Get your questions answered

If your question isn't covered in the below contact us directly. 

When is the festival?

The next Rockhampton River Festival is on 26-28 July 2024.

Stay tuned to our Facebook page for announcements. 

How much does entry cost?

The festival is a free event for all ages, however entry fees apply to specific ticketed events throughout the festival.

Is there an event program?

Hard copies of the program will be available from accommodation providers and visitor information centres within the region. Digital programs will be available on the website closer to the event.

The Rockhampton Events mobile app will also be released with program information and can be downloaded at www.rockhampton.eventapp.com.au. Specific event information will not appear until approximately 6 weeks prior to the event. 

Where is the festival?

Rockhampton River Festival is held along Quay Street and the Riverside Precinct. The program will also include a map of the event. 

Where can I park?

What is a festival without people, and with people comes cars and parking. For everyone who is attending there is ample parking available, however it may involve just a little bit of a walk. But hey, its the perfect way to work off all the wonderful food and drinks that you will consume while at the festival! Car parks are available at:

  • * Lower Victoria Parade Car Park

    *Rockhampton Regional Council Car Park corner Derby and Alma Streets

    *Throughout the CBD


Where can I stay?

There are several options for accommodation in Rockhampton including boutique, family, budget and luxury hotel apartment stays. Find out more here!

Are there ATM's at the event?

There will be limited ATMs available within the festival site. There is however a number of ATMs located within the CBD including: 

  • The Capricornian (Cnr East and William Streets)
  • NAB ATM (Cnr Fitzroy and Bolsover Streets)
  • Bank of Queensland ATM (Bolsover St)
  • Bendigo Bank ATM (William Street)
  • Westpac ATM (Denham Street)
  • Inside the Criterion Hotel (Cnr Quay and Fitzroy Streets)
  • Inside the Heritage Hotel (Cnr Quay and William Streets)

Will there be security at the event?

Security will be onsite throughout the event 24/7 to ensure the safety of all participants. 

How do I promote the event?

Make sure you have your camera ready for all the great entertainment and activities and remember to use our hashtags when sharing on social media.

#rockhamptonriverfestival #myrockhampton #explorerockhampton #liverockhampton #thisisqueensland

Can I consume alcohol at the event?

Alcoholic beverages will be served in designated areas throughout the event and will be 18+ only. You will be required to have a photo ID to be served alcohol and can be refused service if too intoxicated by law.

Are there toilet facilities?

Toilets will be located across various areas of the festival.

There will be toilets located at:

*Flavours of the World Precinct opposite the Criterion

*Rod Laver Plaza underneath the Boathouse

*Shipyard Precinct opposite food vendors

* Quay St near Derby Street

*Neon Alley

Accessible toilets are located at:

  • Rod Laver Plaza (under The Boathouse)
  • Rockhampton Museum of Art
  • Walter Reid Cultural Centre
  • Flavours of the World Precinct opposite the Criterion
  • Quay Street near Derby Street


What if it is raining?

With 300 days of sunshine per year in Rockhampton it is hoped that the three days of the festival will be clear and sunny. Please ensure you slip, slop and slap as there are parts of the festival that are not undercover.

In the event of inclement weather festival organisers will communicate any program changes through this website, Facebook and the FREE event app. 

What items are prohibited?

We are all here to have a great time so don't spoil it for others around you. Prohibited items include - drugs, unauthorised alcohol and cars (except authorised emergency vehicles).
If you bring prohibited items into the festival you may be asked to leave. 

Is the festival wheelchair accessible?

The event has been designed with accessibility/mobility in mind. The entire festival is accessible via wheelchair, mobility scooters and prams.

How do food and retail vendors get involved?

If you’d like to be involved in Rockhampton River Festival visit the food and retail page for more information.

Where can I buy tickets to a ticketed event?

Tickets for ticketed events during River Festival can be purchased online at Oztix. 


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Where is First Aid located?

If you require medical assistance make your way to the First Aid area shown on the program map. You can also report to any of our information booths or speak to our friendly staff and volunteers who can call for assistance.

What road and car park closures will be in place for the festival?


Planning for Rockhampton’s signature annual event is now underway. A mix of art exhibitions, cultural activities, entertainment and market vendors will be located across Quay Street and Quay Lane.

For the safety of the community and event organisers, a number of road closures and traffic management changes will be required ahead of, during and after this year’s Festival.

To minimise inconvenience to businesses and residents, road closures will be in effect for the minimal amount of time as safely possible, with roads closed and reopened in stages.


Road Section

Closed from

Re-opened by*

Quay Street

Fitzroy to Denham

6:00AM –Thursday 25 July 24

4:00PM - Monday 29 July 2024

Quay Street

Denham to William 6:00AM –Thursday 25 July 24


11:00PM - Sunday 28 July 2024
Quay Street William to Derby (including round about) 6:00AM - Friday 26 July 2024


11:00PM - Sunday 28 July 2024
Quay Street Lower bank Car Park 6:00AM –Thursday 25 July 24


4:00PM - Monday 29 July 2024


Denham Street Between Quay Lane & Quay


6:00AM - Friday 26 July 2024 11:00PM - Sunday 28 July 2024

Reaney Street

For Fireworks

between Goodsall - RJC Entry

6:45PM - Friday 26 July 2024

5:45PM Saturday 27 July 2024

8:00PM - Friday 26 July 2024

9:00PM - Saturday 27 July 2024


To facilitate installation of infrastructure on Quay Street, between Denham and William Streets, Traffic Control will be in place from 7:00AM - Tuesday 23 July. The car parks located between William St Round-about and Rockhampton Museum of Art (RMOA) will be unavailable from 7:00AM - Tuesday 23 July to 4:00PM - Monday 29 July 2024. 

*while every effort will be made to achieve reopening on schedule, this may not always be possible due to unforeseen logistics/other circumstances.


We appreciate changed traffic conditions affect businesses and residents in the Festival area. Council apologises for any inconvenience caused and our personnel will work closely with the community to minimise this.

Motorists and pedestrians are asked to exercise caution and observe all signs and traffic directions.

For any road closure queries, please contact the Advance Rockhampton Team by email advancerockhampton@rrc.qld.gov.au or by phoning 1300 22 55 77.