Capricorn Way

Multiple Locations

Have you ever seen a real dinosaur fossil, experienced an ancient rainforest, mined for your own sapphires or explored one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World?

Do all these things and more with Capricorn Way's Dig the Tropic Drive.

Spanning approximately 1200km along the Capricorn Highway from the Capricorn Coast, inland to the Central Highlands and towards the Outback, Dig the Tropic will see you uncovering the history of Australia - from the Jurassic era to the present day.

Explore ancient limestone caverns at Capricorn Caves, visit Mt Morgan; home to over 300 early Jurassic dinosaur footprints, discover Thundereggs at Mt Hay and fossick for gems on the Sapphire Gemfields. Go on a real Australian road trip and discover a real adventure as you follow the Capricorn Way, the link to Outback Queensland.

The drive is easily accessible whether you are in a car, 4x4, camp trailer and even a caravan. Take your time and experience all there is to offer from the Reef to the Outback.

Journey Details

Duration
30 Hours
Distance
579.67 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping

Other Information

Family Friendly:

Family friendly – please refer to operator's website for services and facilities.

Full Itinerary

Rockhampton to Duaringa

Approximately one hour west of Rockhampton you will discover the Duaringa. Duaringa is the welcoming gateway to the Central Highlands. it is the oldest township in the area dating back to the 1860's. The Old Duaringa hotel has been preserved as reminder of the pioneering lifestyle. Check out Mackenzie Park on the the east side of town, which features the unique Budgeroo or Duaringa stringy bark tree.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Capricorn Way
Duaringa to Blackwater

From Duaringa, keep following the Capricorn Way until you reach Blackwater. Blackwater's heritage and substantial export earnings has earned it the total of 'Coal Capital of Queensland'. Blackwater is the second largest town in the Central Highlands and offers all major services. Blackwater also boasts a fine Japanese garden. These gardens mark the relationship between Blackwater and her sister city Fujisawa, Japan. Well worth a visit.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Capricorn Way
Blackwater to Emerald

Continuing along the Capricorn Way, heading towards the township of Emerald. Named not after the gem, but for the lush green pastures that once surrounded the town. Emerald is the hub of the Central Highlands area. Primary industries include coal, sapphire and gem mining, cotton, wheat, maize, sorghum, sunflowers and a variety of other crops. Emerald is home to the worlds biggest Van Gogh 'Sunflower' painting located in Morton Park. This is must see for every visitor.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Capricorn Way
Emerald to Gemfields

Take a slight detour and try your luck in the towns of Sapphire, Anakie, Willows and Rubyvale gem fields and go looking for sapphires. People from all over the world descend on the Sapphire Gemfields each year to experience fossicking first hand and to try their luck at finding the ultimate gem discovery.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
capricorn Way
Capricorn Way
Gemfields to Alpha

Head to the Outback town of Alpha. Along the drive you will take in the Drummond range. Get the camera ready and make sure you make a stop at the lookout. The views are truly amazing and well worth the stop.

Alpha is known as the 'Town of Murals' and displays a number that have been painted on both private and public buildings depicting the areas history. The region is known as Mitchel country, named after Sir Thomas Mitchell who went through the area in 1846.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Capricorn Way
Alpha to Barcaldine

Before leaving Alpha stock up on your baked goods from their famed bakery. Once back on the Capricorn Way you will be headed to Barcaldine. Barcaldine is situated at the crossroads of the Matilda and Capricorn Ways. It is a town filled with history and colour. Barcaldine is a wonderful place to spend a few days checking out the eclectic mix of modern and historical buildings.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel 4x4, Bus, Car, Caravan, Four Wheel Drive
Route Type One Way
Suggested Stops
Capricorn Way

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Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$289 - 1010
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas is the ideal location to immerse yourself in a laid-back beachside scene. The unique and distinct offering of both the resort and villas mean that there is something to suit everyone.

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$290 - 700
Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort offers a relaxed experience in high style drawing inspiration from local culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre. Unwind in the ease and luxury of one of our 176 studios, suites or villas with private balconies overlooking Laguna Bay, the Noosa River, Noosa Village or the Resort’s pool and its landscaped gardens.

Horizons At Peregian

Peregian Beach, Noosa Area
From AU$170 - 400
Horizons at Peregian is an ideally located holiday complex at the centre of 14 kilometres of pristine pet friendly ocean beach . Surrounded by the Noosa National Park, it's a great property for those visitors who seek a beach side holiday in a quiet location away from the high-rise and busy resort areas.

Noosa International Resort

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$167 - 460
Perched on the hilltop at Noosa Heads, Noosa International Resort offers family-friendly accommodation just minutes from Hastings Street, Noosa's Main Beach and National Park. Set amongst two acres of lush tropical gardens, the resort offers one and two-bedroom apartments which are ideal for families or couples seeking a holiday setting close to the action, but far enough away to relax and unwind.

Twin Quays

Noosaville, Noosa Area
From AU$95 - 315
Twin Quays is located in the heart of Noosaville, just a short stroll to cafés, restaurants, shopping centre and river activities such as sunset cruises, dinner cruises, fishing, boating, swimming, sailing, kayaking.

The Sebel Noosa

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$260 - 660
Located on Hastings Street, just mere moments from Noosa Main Beach, The Sebel Noosa offers room to relax, places to explore and freedom to indulge. The one and two bedroom apartments offer separate living and dining areas, and are fully self-contained.

Mantra French Quarter

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$255 - 605
Located on Hastings Street, Mantra French Quarter is the perfect place to enjoy a seaside escape to Noosa. The resort combines an idyllic location with quality contemporary accommodation and a unique charm.

Coral Beach Noosa Resort

Noosaville, Noosa Area
From AU$140 - 275
Ideally located in Noosaville, adjacent to the Noosa River on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Coral Beach Noosa Resort offers full resort facilities combined with spacious two and three bedroom Townhouse style self-contained accommodation set among landscaped tropical gardens.

Nomads Noosa

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$22 - 30
Nomads Backpackers Noosa is a Hostel and Resort situated in the heart of Noosa opposite shops, restaurants, cinema and only 900 yards to Noosa Main Beach and famous Noosa National Park. Nomads is surrounded by tropical gardens and guest have direct access to the communal kitchen, bar, resort swimming pool and volleyball court.

Noosa Lakes Resort

Tewantin, Noosa Area
From AU$110 - 310
Noosa Lakes Resort offers a combination of 70 studio, one bedroom apartments and two bedroom townhouses. The property is built on seven acres and features Noosa's largest pool complex, three free form style pools including one heated, which are a central attraction of the resort.
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