Urbis in partnership with Cox Architecture were engaged by Rockhampton Regional Council to develop a master plan for the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens and Zoo precinct.

The team focused on creating a contemporary, subtropical recreational area while preserving and complementing the heritage significance of the site.

The project focused on developing a master plan that would identify the long-term progressive redevelopment of the Botanic Gardens and Zoo, and rejuvinate the Green Jewel of Central Queenslands premier regional botanical and zoological centre.


The vision for the botanic gardens and zoo redevelopment was to revitalise, develop, and integrate the facilities, infrastructure and operations to support its future growth while focusing on the preservation of its history.

Mel Jones
Associate Director 

The vision for the redevelopment was underpinned by two primary objectives:

▪ Rejuvenation of the Green Jewel of Central Queensland and a premier regional botanical and zoological centre of excellence
▪ Recognised centre for preservation, research and education for flora and fauna.


Following the completion of the master plan, the first stage of the project has been undertaken for the construction documentation for the construction and commissioning of the & Zoo Visitor Hub, Administration and Operational Facility.


If you have any questions about this project, feel free to reach out to the team.