Welcome to Capricorn Region

Cowboys meet the beach, as Rockhampton and the Southern Great Barrier Reef collide in a mix of historic towns, national parks and sandy beaches. Release your inner explorer as you fossick for gemstones, explore the Capricorn Caves and experience world-class diving.

No trip would be complete without watching a rodeo in an iconic Australian pub as you dine on famous ‘Rocky’ steak – if you couldn’t tell from the giant cow in the main street, this is Australia’s beef capital.

Where great lives

This slice of Southern Great Barrier Reef is so perfect, you’ll want to keep it all to yourself. Luckily, you pretty much can.

  • Go diving, snorkelling or sailing among the 18 islands of the Keppel Island Group.
  • Live out your Castaway fantasies camping on Great Keppel Island and watch dolphins playing in the winter months.
  • Lay back on one of the 13 beaches between Yeppoon and Emu Park and feast on fresh seafood.

Natural wonders

Not content with having the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef just offshore, a short drive will bring you face-to-face with these natural wonders:

Optional sides

Beef may be the number one thing on the menu here but history, outback life and jewels compete for a close second. 

  • Visit a crocodile farm or stay at a working cattle farm.
  • Explore the heritage-lined streets of Rockhampton or take a trip down gold rush memory lane in Mount Morgan.
  • Try your luck at the Sapphire gemfields.



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From AU$25 - 190
Great Keppel Island Holiday Village is located in a gum tree bush setting less than a minute's walk to two perfect swimming beaches. Accommodation includes twin rooms; double bed canvas tents erected on timber decks, ensuited cabins, and campsites to bring your own tent.. Also available are two self-contained houses suitable for families. All linen is provided as well as snorkelling equipment for use during your stay. A fully equipped communal kitchen and barbecue is available for guest use. The Village atmosphere is low key and quiet, giving you a taste of what island life is meant to be and the perfect base to explore Great Keppel Island - an undiscovered treasure with 17 pristine beaches, unspoilt bushland and pockets of fringing reef. A quiet, relaxing island retreat away from the worries of the world.

Henderson Park Farm Retreat

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$165 - 225
Henderson Park, a fifth generation family run working cattle property, is uniquely positioned just 10 minutes off the East Coast Highway and 30 minutes north of Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Join an educational property tour, simply unwind or take a break from travelling. Go on a bush walk, see wildlife and cattle in their natural environment, go canoeing, swimming, fishing (creek is stocked with Barramundi!) and admire the stunning sunset and evening bird song. There are two styles of fully self contained accommodation available. Luxurious accommodation is provided in an intimate setting at Hedlow Lodge, which boasts 180 degree views over the property and water from the spacious communal deck. Four queen ensuited rooms are available in Hedlow Lodge. Their Pioneer Style Cabins are cosy and timber lined with private verandahs also overlooking beautiful Hedlow Creek. Two cabins are available each with different bedding configuration. Ranked number 1 of 32 places to stay in the Rockhampton region on Trip Advisor, hosts Annika and Ryan are waiting to welcome you to their little piece of paradise!

Discovery Holiday Parks Rockhampton

North Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$35 - 220
Discovery Holiday Parks, Rockhampton is a quality property situated in North Rockhampton and covers an area of 10 acres with beautifully landscaped gardens. They offer a large variety of self-contained cabins and villas to suit every budget and need from individuals, families to larger sporting groups. Discovery Holiday Parks, Rockhampton, is the ideal destination for a romantic getaway, the family holiday or large sporting group and corporate functions. The resort is perfectly located for all shopping needs with Rockhampton's largest shopping centre and Homemakers centre both within walking distance. The property offers to guests two swimming pools, Kangaroo Jumper cushion, half size court tennis and playground. Whether you want to make the most of every minute or simply while away the hours, Discovery Holiday Park, Rockhampton is full of unexpected surprises.
From AU$115 - 220
The luxury bungalow tent island retreat of Svendsens Beach Great Keppel Island offers guests the perfect eco friendly island holiday with a 'glamping' experience. At their reasonable prices anyone can afford a week on the pristine side of Great Keppel Island. Walk the many bushwalks (up to five hour tracks), snorkel on their lovely coral reefs or just relax. They meet you at the island ferry and transport you over to share their small, friendly, ecologically gentle island way of life, where their power comes from wind generators and solar panels. Whales migrate past the island in Winter (July-September) and turtles nest in Summer (November-February). The accommodation is for adults only. Svendsens Beach can accommodate a maximum of 10 adults in the two luxury tent-bungalows, the newly appointed studio and the rental house. The tents and studio form one small cluster, where up to three couples can share, whereas the house is completely separate and self-contained.

Bestbrook Mountain Resort

Maryvale, Southern Downs Area
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From AU$30 - 370
Imagine waking up in the crisp morning air, and after a fun filled day, relaxing as you watch the sun set on another splendid Queensland experience. Whether it is a weekend away with the kids, a meal in the restaurant, time to catch up with friends or a work conference, Bestbrook is the destination for you. Ray and Elise would like to welcome you to Bestbrook, a farm-stay were everyone is encouraged to have fun. They have owned and operated Bestbrook for 10 years, building a strong customer base by making everyone feel like part of their family. Along with their children and their committed staff, they aim to provide you with memories you will remember long after you have returned home. During the weekends and on school holidays listen to Cyril, a long time member of the Bestbrook family, recall snippets from the past. He will show you how to milk a cow and churn the cream into butter which you will enjoy with your damper and billy tea. Bruce and Laura will gain your confidence and teach you the art of horse riding, how to crack a whip, how to throw a boomerang and have it come back.

Coolwaters Holiday Village

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
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From AU$44 - 350
They are located between Yeppoon and Emu Park on the stunning Capricorn Coast. A 40 minute drive from the city of Rockhampton. The Capricorn Coast is part of the Southern Great Barrier Reef and is situated on picturesque Keppel Bay close to Rosslyn Bay Boat Harbour, with Great Keppel Island only 30 minutes away. Coolwaters has the spectacular Kinka Beach at the front, natural bush walks at the back, all set on the banks of the iconic Causeway Lake. Family fun is created at Coolwaters. Children will be entertained for days with the facilities on offer including a massive five slide Water Park, a BMX track and a 90 metre Resort Pool. If it's relaxation you're needing, enjoy the natural beauty offered on their unique 150 acre sea side resort style Holiday Village. Your family hosts Paul and Louise invite you to experience a memorable holiday at Coolwaters Holiday Village. Coolwaters offers a wide selection of accommodation options. They have spacious powered and unpowered caravan and camping sites, with or without slabs and 32 self contained cabins and units. If it's camping, caravanning, self contained cabins, units or camp and conference facilities they have it all at Coolwaters Holiday Village.

Sunlover Lodge Holiday Units and Cabins

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
From AU$90 - 130
Sunlover Lodge Holiday Units and Cabins have got something different, real peace and quiet! Sunlover Lodge is designed for complete relaxation. People seek them out because they are so quiet, set off the main highway, close to the beach in over an acre of lush, tropical award-winning gardens and only a short walk to lovely Kinka Beach. Lounge beside the palm fringed pool or watch the antics of the local birdlife whilst enjoying free use of the barbecue. Stay one night, stay for a week or more you'll love it and you'll love their low costs. Kina Beach is also great for shell collecting, fishing, swimming and walking. The self contained accommodation is sure to please, it's bright, fresh and clean with comfortable furnishings and good quality bedding, large kitchen and lounge rooms, everything you could think of including all linen is supplied and changed weekly. The pool is a good size for laps and a wading pool for the kids to have splash in safely. Parking is mostly shady with plenty of room to park a boat as well. A short drive to Emu Park provides you with everything you could possibly need with lovely restaurants and food outlets.

Takarakka Bush Resort

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
From AU$35 - 230
Escape to Takarakka Bush Resort Carnarvon Gorge. Open all year round and fabulous in every season. Choose from a range of accommodation options to suit your taste and budget, from spacious caravan and camping sites to en-suited cabins, safari Taka tents, or luxury studios. Discover Queensland's premier National Park and top tourist attraction with loads of things to see and do. A haven for both guests and wildlife nestled in a natural wonderland. Explore the depths of the Carnarvon Gorge Queensland, with its ancient sandstone cliffs and rich indigenous history and rock art. Walk the well kept tracks to discover abundant plant and wildlife, and the songs of colourful birds a plenty. Cook up a heart warming meal in the camp kitchens and relax and enjoy the camp fires or book in for a delicious two course roast dinner as a treat after a big day out. There's plenty of things to do while exploring the Carnarvon Gorge. Take a guided walk, scenic flight, sunset and astronomy tour to unlock the secrets of this special place. Book your Carnarvon Gorge holiday adventure today.

Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
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From AU$115 - 180
Rubyvale Motel and Holiday Units provides luxury 4 star accommodation. An oasis for guests wanting the perfect place to stay while discovering the Sapphire Gemfields. Guests are offered much more than a great nights sleep with a relaxed, quiet and tranquil haven set amongst three acres of landscaped bush gardens. A variety of accommodation options include spacious One and Two Bedroom Self contained units, Motel Rooms and Deluxe Spa Rooms. All with superb comfort. Facilities include swimming pool with retreat, undercover barbecue, gem shop and is ideal for holidaying and travelling couples seeking clean and quality accommodation. A telescope Observatory is available on site for star gazing. You will enjoy sitting on the verandas with only the sight and sounds of the local birds and kangaroos in the native gardens. The Units offer a private and relaxed atmosphere. The interiors are extremely comfortable with well appointed furniture and fixtures and perfectly clean. Browse in 'Taylors Fine Sapphires'; this on-site shop offers exquisite Sapphire Jewellery featuring the sapphires and gem cutting of Jane and Michael Taylor. The friendly motel service combined with your resort style accommodation will exceed all your expectations and make your Gemfields visit a memorable one.

Coral Inn Yeppoon

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$89 - 174
Coral Inn Yeppoon is a short-term boutique accommodation and holiday destination. Appealing to guests wanting convenience and something out of the ordinary. Chill out in a relaxing atmosphere with swimming pool, barbecue and fully equipped commercial kitchen and television lounge. All rooms are modern and quiet with their own en-suite, a flat-screen television and fridge. Free WiFi and homemade breakfast a la Carte is available. The property is conveniently situated in the heart of Yeppoon just a two minute drive to Yeppoon Main Beach. Close proximity and within walking distance of Yeppoon Central Shopping Centre (500 metres); Yeppoon Fore-shore, with Restaurants, Café's, Shops and Pubs; Yeppoon Central Business District; Library and Yeppoon Central Hospital. The coastal town of Yeppoon offers beautiful beaches of the Capricorn Coast. The whole coastline is protected by the Southern Great Barrier Reef and the Keppel Bay Island Group located only 13 kilometres offshore. The Capricorn Coast has some of the most picturesque and safe swimming beaches in Australia. They speak fluent German and English.
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