Australia’s biggest car show returning to Rockhampton this Easter

Published on 22 March 2022

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It’s almost time for the streets of Rockhampton to come alive once again with the sound of roaring engines and squealing tyres when the Rare Spares Rockynats festival returns to the city for the Easter long weekend.

Following the incredible success of the inaugural event in 2021, which saw over 45,000 people pass through the gates during the three-day festival amid a global pandemic, this year’s event will showcase an even bigger and better line-up for automotive enthusiasts and families from around the country to enjoy. 

“The Australian automotive community really got behind the event in its first year and with events and interstate travel having been given the green light again, we’re expecting to draw even bigger crowds in 2022” says Summernats co-owner, Andy Lopez.

“Platinum tickets have completely sold out and we’ve already seen plenty of General Admission and Gold tickets snapped up by visitors and locals alike. Rockynats in Rockhampton really is the place to be this Easter!”

With over 1700 anticipated entrants and the three-day, high-octane program featuring everything from elite show cars, street drags and burnouts to Pin-Up competitions and Australia’s biggest street parade, Rockhampton Regional Council Mayor, Tony Williams, says there’ll be something for all ages to enjoy.

“As with all of our community events, we’ve worked hard to make sure Rockynats has great family-friendly atmosphere and plenty of action to keep everyone entertained,” Mayor Williams said.

“We’ve also added more off-track entertainment to this year’s line-up, which includes performances from Creedence: The John Fogerty Show and Pro Wrestling.”

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager, Greg Bowden, notes that timing of the event provides the perfect opportunity for those travelling from outside the region to take the opportunity to make a holiday out of it. 

“Being held over the Easter long weekend, which is during the school holidays, allows people to make the most of their trip and gives them plenty of time to explore our local attractions,” explains Greg.

“Whether it’s enjoying a weekend of beef, barra and burnouts on the ultimate boys trip or exploring the Rockhampton Zoo, Mount Archer, Great Keppel Island or the Capricorn Caves with the family, Central Queensland has a lot to offer and makes Rocky an ideal location for an Easter getaway.”

With the festival only 3 weeks away, there’s still time to get in on all the action with a limited number of General Admission and Gold Passes still available. Adult tickets start from just $35 if purchased before April 10. Kids under 12 also receive free admission with the purchase of any General Admission ticket. Purchase online now at

The Queensland Government is proud to support the Rockynats Car Festival through Tourism and Events Queensland’s Destination Events Program and it is a feature on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar.