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Yeppoon

Yeppoon is situated 38 kilometres north east of Rockhampton, and is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast and the wonders of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and Keppel Bay Islands.

Wander along the town's picturesque esplanade with its backdrop of offshore islands, sparkling azure sea and clear blue skies and soak up the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

The township has retained its village style appeal with a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation, shops and galleries. A charming esplanade with grassy knoll, palms and covered picnic and play areas form a backdrop to a vista of sea, sand, sky and islands. As well, annual events, including the Pineapple Festival held in September, enliven the town with gala activities, contests and displays. Local markets offer bargains aplenty.

Take a look through the many boutiques and surf stores and be sure to have a bite to eat at one of the beautiful cafes or restaurants in town.

Within walking distance of the town centre are Figtree and Ross Creeks, home to the Black and Little Red flying foxes. At sunset, thousands of these fascinating mammals rise spectacularly as one to head off to their feeding grounds – an awesome sight to see!

Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton Area
Queensland
Australia

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Capricorn Coast National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Capricorn Coast National Park has four separate accessible sections that can be enjoyed in a 30 minute drive between Yeppoon and Emu Park. Mangroves, dry rainforest, tussock grassland and open eucalypt forest provide a wonderful contrast to the blue waters of Keppel Bay. Rocky outcrops along the Capricorn Coast are the result of violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Enjoy a beachside picnic at Bluff Point day-use area and take the 2.3 kilometre walking track for fabulous views over islands and hinterland. Watch sea turtles from the high cliffs of Turtle lookout. Explore Double Head along a sealed 365 metre walking track and visit Fan Rock lookout, a fan-shaped cliff formation with hexagonal basalt columns.

Mount Etna Caves National Park

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Mount Etna Caves National Park contains some of Australia's most cavernous limestone formations. Protected from fire by the limestone karst, dry rainforest thrives amongst sharp pinnacles and shady crevices. The national park is especially important to a number of bat species. Eighty per cent of Australia's breeding population of female bent-wing bats use a single cave in the national park for birthing and rearing their young. During this time ranger guided tours are offered to see the spectacular nightly emergence of over 100,000 bats. Tours operate during the bat breeding season, from December to February (fees apply). Outside of this time the track is open to the public. Picnic at the Cammoo Caves picnic area and go on a self-guided walk.

Outer Rocks Dive Site

Great Keppel Island,
Free Entry
Outer Rocks, in the Keppel Group of Islands on the Great Barrier Reef, has entry at 8m over superb ridges rich in hard and soft coral. The ridge is known as Snake Paradise due to the resident population of olive sea snakes. There are many gutters to explore, ledges, and a good variety of marine life. Green and loggerhead turtles are also regular visitors. Snorkeling and safety stop area over the staghorn and coral patches.

Keppel Bay Islands National Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Keppel Bay Islands National Park protects 13 islands in the Keppel Group and is surrounded by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The islands are the traditional home of the Kanomi-Woppaburra people. Secluded beaches, plunging cliffs and diverse plant communities are just some of the attractions on offer. Sea turtles breed and feed around the islands. On North Keppel Island, discover wildlife and enjoy the views on three walks. Snorkelling and diving are also popular. Go fishing, but adhere to regulations. Learn about Humpy Island's history and explore its circuit walk. Enjoy camping on one of seven islands. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting.

Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Byfield National Park and Byfield Conservation Park extend over 15,000 hectares. Boasting massive parabolic sand dunes (the oldest reaching more than five kilometres inland) and rugged pinnacles, the parks offer remote coastal camping opportunities. The area also supports many rare and endangered plants and animals and is the traditional home of the Darumbal Aboriginal people. These parks will delight birdwatchers. Sandy Point is part of an internationally recognised wetland and is a breeding site for migratory shorebirds. Endangered little terns roost on the coastal sands. Explore coastal features along walking tracks ranging from easy to difficult. Go fishing. Enjoy camping at one of three camping areas. Camping fees apply; book in advance during school holidays. The national park and conservation park can be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles only.

Byfield State Forest

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Byfield State Forest marks the start of the largest undeveloped area on the central Queensland coast. The endemic Byfield fern and Byfield grevillea thrive here. Ancient cycads survive among rugged mountains and beside pine plantations. Water Park Creek is great for birdwatching. Spy azure kingfishers flitting over the water's surface or listen for the distinctive call of the wompoo fruit-dove. Camping is permitted at Upper Stony, Red Rock and Water Park Creek campgrounds. Dogs on leashes are allowed only at Red Rock campground and must be on a leash at all times. Estuarine crocodiles have been seen in Water Park Creek and at Red Rock so only swim at Upper Stony. Horses are permitted in some areas. Camping fees apply.

Byfield

Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton Area
Head just 25 minutes north from Yeppoon to discover the lush forests of Byfield and surrounding nature reserves. The Byfield National Park and State Forest abound with wonderful scenery rolling sand dunes, beaches, swamps, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains. This area is the exclusive home of the rare Byfield Fern (Bohemia Serrata). Byfield is rich with diversity and forms one of the largest unspoiled eco-systems on the east coast of Australia. The region’s major waterway, Waterpark Creek, is also host to ancient and towering remnant rainforest with many resident native birds and animals. The small village of Byfield is a haven for craft and nature lovers. In the neighbouring areas there are numerous picturesque camping areas on offer, with alternative accommodation at Ferns Hideaway Resort, Rainforest Ranch, Waterpark Getaway, and Byfield Getaway just to name a few. These accommodation houses specialize in luxury log cabins and romantic bungalows. The area is also home to a world-class potter’s gallery known as Nob Creek Pottery, and has a number of spectacular swimming holes and rewarding walking trails.

Kinka Beach

Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton Area
With wide open beaches lapped by the calm, gentle waters of Keppel Bay, Kinka Beach, just 15 minutes’ drive south of Yeppoon, is the perfect seaside destination for families looking for an affordable getaway. Kinka Beach holiday-makers enjoy unfiltered views over the water to the world-renowned Great Keppel Island. Its quiet locale and tranquil waters make Kinka Beach an excellent swimming beach for all ages and abilities. Grab a bucket and spade and make the most of the clean sand and idyllic location. The seaside hamlet of Emu Park is just three kilometres down the road offering a range of shops, cafes and facilities to ensure your stay is a comfortable one. At the northern end of Kinka Beach is Causeway Lake, offering great picnic and barbecue facilities and pretty water views. A local kiosk sells bait and tackle along with ice creams and treats for the whole family. Explore the lake by boat, catamaran, kayak, paddle boat or canoe, available for hire at the local boat shop. Take the kids fishing, throw in a crab pot, or at low tide visit the nearby rock pools and delight at the strange and wonderful creatures who call this place home. Several beachside units with pools are available for hire and the area also has a number of good caravan parks and holiday villages offering self-contained units, cabins, and camping facilities.

The Caves

The Caves, Rockhampton Area
The Caves, 25 minutes on the Bruce Highway travelling north of Rockhampton, sounds a rather fascinating place to visit and it is! This is the home of the Capricorn Caves. They are above ground and with wheelchair access, they are popular with all. There is something about an above ground cave, as it can dilute that fear associated with claustrophobia. There are daily guided tours of these caves which were first discovered in 1882. Mid-December to mid-January, during the Summer Solstice, there is an extra special treat, with the sun's rays penetrating deep into the caves. There is a good old character-type pub on hand, along with cabin and camping facilities.

Zilzie

Capricorn Coast, Rockhampton Area
Located just to the south of Emu Park and Yeppoon along the Capricorn Coast, Zilzie is gaining prominence as one of Australia's booming destinations, with significant new tourism and residential developments underway. With beautiful beaches and magnificent views across to the Keppel Islands, Zilzie is just 35 minute scenic drive from Rockhampton.
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