The Rockhampton Heritage Village grew from Gangalook Museum, a privately owned collection of local historic memorabilia, near The Caves township, approximately 15km north of the Heritage Village. The Gomersall and Hinz families saw the need for the formation of the museum and were responsible for much of the original collection. The families donated the Gangalook Museum in its entirety to the people of Rockhampton, through Rockhampton City Council in 1989. The collection was moved to the Heritage Village in 1997.
The Heritage Village is owned and operated by Rockhampton Regional Council, and supported by the Friends of the Heritage Village and a team of dedicated volunteers.
Partake in a history lesson with a visit to the Rockhampton Heritage Village. One of the most popular stops for visitors to Central Queensland, step back in time and marvel at original and reproduction buildings as well as memorabilia and artefacts portraying life in the region from the 1850s to the 1950s. The Village is set on 11.4 hectares of bush land, and incorporates a charming township from yesteryear with original and recreated homesteads, buildings and businesses.
The village authentically captures a generous slice of an earlier generations’ way of life and is a wonderful opportunity for your whole family to learn and have fun. Experience life before electricity with a tour through various homesteads, view the many vintage cars, tractors, fire engines and horse drawn vehicles and wagons on display, watch how a 1950s print press works, and visit the Blacksmith Shop to take in the traditional skills from a bygone era. Keep an eye on our upcoming events where you may have the opportunity to try a range of transport options including horses and ponies, a horse and cart, a vintage double decker bus, vintage fire engine and several other vintage vehicles.
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