Spectator FAQs


What is Rockynats?

Australia’s newest national motoring festival, a showcase of horsepower, speed, driving skills and engineering excellence. Rare Spares Rockynats features burnouts, show and shine, bike show, street parade, grass driving, cruising, 4x4 display, street drags, dyno and more! www.rockynats.com.au

Rockhampton Regional Council and Advance Rockhampton runs the event in partnership with Summernats. 

When is the event?

Easter Long Weekend 29-31 March 2024. 

Where is the event held?

Rockhampton CBD, Rockhampton Showgrounds and Northside Boat Ramp Precinct (Burnouts). 

Can I collect my wristband before the event?

Absolutely! Beat the queues on event day, with pre scanning ticket collection available in the week leading up from the Showgrounds, Robert Schwarten Pavilion (entry through the glass doors on Exhibition Road).   

Please note the designated times for collection:

  • Tuesday, March 26th: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Wednesday, March 27th: 10 am to 7 pm
  • Thursday, March 28th: 12 pm to 9 pm


Will bars be operating on Good Friday?

Pending licensing restrictions of the Bar Provider.

How does COVID affect my attendance to RockyNats 04?

As protocols are forever changing, what is in place currently might be different at the time of the event. Our ticketing terms and conditions state:

  • All persons involved or in attendance at the Event agree to abide by all Queensland Health protocols.

Attendees will be advised closer to the event if there are any COVID requirements in place. 

How can I enter my car/bike?

Rare Spares Rockynats 04 entries open 25 July 2023. Don't hesitate - we will sell out. Follow this link for more information. 

Where can I buy tickets from?

How can I become an event volunteer or a motorsport official?

Will there be merchandise at this event?

Official Rockynats 04 merchandise will go on sale soon. Click here for more information. 

Merchandise will also be available at the event in the Buddy's Fire Burnouts, Autobarn Showgrounds and CBD Precincts until sold out. 

When will media applications open?

Please email rockynats@rrc.qld.gov.au for more information. 

Are kids free?

General Admission: Children under 12 years are free to access Rockynats with a purchase of any General Admission Ticket (any general admission ticket type when purchasing adult, concession or family tickets). You will be asked upon check-out if you have any children attending with your adult or family ticket purchase.

Platinum: Children 3 years and under are free to access VIP areas. All other ages must have a valid Platinum ticket to access.

Can I camp at the event?

Yes, tickets can be purchased here. 

Located at the Rockhampton Brothers Cricket Club in the heart of Victoria Park (cricket side), directly opposite the Rockhampton Showgrounds and a 1.7km walk to the Rockynats Drifting precinct, Tent City is available for spectators and entrants, providing a great inner city accommodation option. Tent City is available for five nights, checking in from 11am on Wednesday 27th March 2024 and checking out by Monday 1st April 2024. 

If you wish to have your site next to a friend or another booking, please ensure that you arrive and check into camping together, sites will be allocated based on your arrival. No guarantee can be made for site allocations. Any questions regarding your camping booking please contact rockynats@rrc.qld.gov.au.


Is there an event app?

Plan your weekend with the Rockhampton Events app! The app allows you to see the full program of events and mark your favourites so you will get notifications straight to your pocket when events are about to start.

To download, go to the app store and download “Rockhampton Events” or click here. Tap on Current Events and select Rockynats.

Will there be shuttle buses?

Yes, we have shuttle buses again this year! Event shuttle buses will be in operation to transport patrons on Friday 29th,  Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st. 

Shuttle buses will run between the following locations:

  • Autobarn Showgrounds Precinct (Gate 10 - New Exhibition Road)
  • Buddy’s Fire Burnout Precinct (end of Reaney St/ near Callaghan Park)
  • CBD Precinct (Ticketing Gate 1 - Cnr Archer and East St AND Ticketing Gate 2 Cnr Alma & William Sts)

Shuttles run every 15 minutes (traffic pending) between these times:

  • Friday 2.30pm – 9pm (Showgrounds and Burnouts only)
  • Saturday 9am - 10pm (all precincts)
  • Sunday 10am - 7pm  (all precincts)

Patrons must present their Rockynats wristband for access to this free service. 

TIP! Look out for the giant wavey inflatable man at each Shuttle Stop or check the maps in the Rockhampton Events app.

Is there a Taxi?

Temporary taxi ranks have been created at each event precinct near the Shuttle Bus stops for pick up and drop off. Pre-book with our Event Sponsor Black & White Cabs by calling 133 222 or download the Black & White Cabs Australia app.

When can I travel on the Water Taxi?

A free water taxi for VIPS, Entrants, Buddy’s and Platinum ticket holders will operate between the SWL Racing 4x4 Display and the Buddy’s Fire Burnout Precinct. This water taxi will run continuously between tide 10am – 3pm *subject to change pending tide times.

Thank you to River Cruises CQ

Can I ride a Neuron Scooter?

The bright orange Neuron Australia E-Scooters will make travel between Rare Spares Rockynats 04 Precincts a breeze! Download the app ready for Rockynats!   Neuron scooters are not permitted within the event footprints and have been geo-mapped out for safety reasons!  

I'm a spectator, where can I park my car?

Buddy’s Fire Burnout Precinct | Gold Coin donation parking at Rockhampton Cricket Grounds (on Goodsall St access via Lakes Creek Rd) Saturday 30th March from 8am & Sunday, 31st March from 9am. Limited priority parking for VIPs, Entrants, Platinum ticket holders. 

Showgrounds Precinct | Free on-street parking

CBD Precinct | Free on-street parking

Illegal parking, or parking causing an impediment for a local resident to access their home or business will be monitored and will result in a fine or the vehicle being towed (at owners expense).

What are the accessible parking options?

There are a number of accessible parking spots available at all precincts. Patrons must clearly display a current Government issued Disability Parking Permit to access these parking spots. Accessible parks will be monitored and enforced by Council’s Local Laws Department.

  • Autobarn Showgrounds Precinct New Exhibition Road & Exhibition Road - Fri - Sun
  • Buddy's Fire Burnout Precinct - Jockey Club Car Park Sat & Sun
  • CBD Precinct (Near Ticketing Gate 1/ Drifting) - East Street (near World Gym) - Sat & Sun
  • CBD Precinct (Near Ticketing Gate 1/Drifting) - Archer St, between Bolsover and East St)
  • CBD Precinct (Near Ticketing Gate 2/Drags) - Cnr William & Alma Sts - Sat & Sun 
  • CBD behind RRC City Hall

What else can I do in Rockhampton?

Full-bull adventures, trophy Barramundi to be caught right in the front of the Rockhampton CBD Riverfront Precinct, world-class mountain bike trails, strong indigenous culture, events to rival those of Australia's big cities, a significant art collection that includes some of Australia's greats, heritage and history, a zoo, nature day-trips that surround the city, live action rodeo every week distilleries, breweries, bars and eateries all over town, and 300 days of sunshine a year, it's the perfect destination to explore while you’re in town for Rockynats.

Check out www.explorerockhampton.com.au for details.





Still need help? Email rockynats@rrc.qld.gov.au