Rockhampton is located about a four hour drive above Bundaberg, or an hour flight from Brisbane.
The river has a reasonably good pathway that can be run or walked along, and you get a great view from any of the bridges.
Another spot for a picnic or a stroll is the Rockhampton Botanical Gardens.
It's hard to miss this church as you drive in or out of town.
The Rockhampton Art Gallery is free and a good spot to stop if the weather is bad or you have a spare hour before your flight.