This paper summarizes the basic properties of a series of rare-earth zirconate ceramics (Gd2Zr2O7, Sm2Zr2O7, Dy2Zr2O7, Er2Zr2O7 and Yb2Zr2O7). The phases and microstructures were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Thermal properties of these materials were determined. The results indicated that Sm2Zr2O7 rare-earth zirconate ceramics have the lower thermal conductivity and the highest thermal expansion coefficient than other rare-earth zirconate ceramics. The dielectric constant decreases with the increase of atomic number.