Capricorn Coast and Great Keppel Island Drive Itinerary

Multiple Locations

The bustling hub of Rockhampton boasts authentic and easy going country hospitality, as well as cosmopolitan shopping, fine dining and a wide range of entertainment options and nightlife. The Capricorn Coast is exciting, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors to the Coast enjoy golden days and balmy, moonlit evenings with the brilliant sunsets and scents of the tropics as well as the crispness of a temperate climate. The Coast lies across the Tropic of Capricorn, for which it is named, and it sweeps along the Pacific Ocean at Central Queensland just a 30 minute drive from the Beef Capital of Australia.

Journey Details

Duration
2 Hours
Distance
100 Kilometres

Activities

  • Birdwatching
  • Camping
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Hiking/Trekking
  • Sailing
  • Swimming

Other Information

Family Friendly:

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

Full Itinerary

Emu Park to Rockhampton

20 minutes from Emu Park is Koorana Crocodile Farm. The excitement of seeing crocodile feeding is something you won't match anywhere. From February to Easter you may also see baby crocs hatch! This is a working crocodile farm open to visitors between 10.00 a.m. and 3.00 p.m., with tours at 10.30 a.m. and 1.00 p.m.

A perfect spot for lunch - croc burgers are the house specialty! It's a truly fascinating experience. Evening dining and spotlight tours are also available for groups. Another stop on the way back to Rockhampton is Keppel Sands. Keppel Sands is home to many retirees and is a popular location for fishing and crabbing.

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Car
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 2: Suitable for families with young children
Rockhampton to Yeppoon

Travel along the Bruce Highway to the Yeppoon turn-off and as you head to the coast you'll see Mount Jim Crow and Mount Hedlow. These are just two of the many volcanic plugs which dot the landscape, testament to the area's violent geological past.

The journey from Rockhampton is a scenic trip that meanders through a real Australian bush landscape of rolling mountains, eucalypt trees and rich grazing land. Your first port of call on the coast is the tranquil seaside township of Yeppoon and jumping off point for Great Keppel Island. Your journey then continues along the coast, stopping off at the townships of Emu Park, Zilzie and Keppel Stands to explore their beautiful beaches and attractions, before completing the loop and returning to Rockhampton.

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Yeppoon to Rosslyn Bay and Keppel Bay Marina

The gateway to the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon, is a magical beachside community, well known for its delicious seafood. Head just 25 minutes north from Yeppoon to discover the lush forests of Byfield and surrounding nature reserves. Just north of Yeppoon is the Capricorn Resort, set on 22000 acres of nature and offering two world standard golf courses. Also the Byfield National Park and State Forest abound with wonderful scenery rolling sand dunes, beaches, swamps, rainforest-edged creeks and rugged mountains. Close to Yeppoon, Rosslyn Bay is the hub of marine activity on the Capricorn Coast and is the departure point for ferries to Great Keppel Island. Freedom Fast Cats offer ferry transfers to the island. The island is well worth a day trip and there's a variety of accommodation if you wish to stay longer. At Rosslyn Bay you'll also find Keppel Bay Marina, which boasts a seaside cafe and restaurant.

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Rosslyn Bay to Emu Park

Lammermoor, Kinka, Mullambin and Kemp beaches, Cooee Bay and the Causeway Lake, all line the Capricorn Coast offering many pleasures, wonderful accommodation and so much beauty you will never want to leave. Take the coastal walk at Kemp Beach for magnificent views across the sparkling ocean to the Keppel Islands. Continue your journey south along the coastal Scenic Highway, stopping at the townships of Emu Park and Zilzie to explore their beautiful beaches and local attractions. Emu Park is home to the Singing Ship, a soaring white sculpture on the headland, designed as a monument to Captain Cook. Once an exclusive beach resort at the turn of the twentieth century, Emu Park is now appreciated as an idyllic seaside village and hub for local events.

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Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.

Platypus Beach, Mirani

Mirani, Mackay Area
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Pinnacle, Mackay Area
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Located within the cool tranquillity of Eungella National Park, Broken River is touted as one of the best locations in the world to see a rare marsupial in the wild, a platypus. A little over a one hour drive from Mackay, travel through the picturesque Pioneer Valley and climb the mountain range to Eungella township.

Mirani

Mirani, Mackay Area
Mirani is situated 38 kilometres west of Mackay in the Pioneer Valley. It boasts a museum and library, Post Office, Olympic sized swimming pool, caravan park and 18 hole golf course. The 112 year old Mirani Hotel can supply you with a cold beer and some interesting yarns from the locals.

Finch Hatton

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
Finch Hatton is a small township located in the Pioneer Valley, west of Mackay. It is home to the landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations called Finch Hatton Gorge, restaurants, cafes, accommodation and other attractions.

Platypus Viewing at Broken River

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Eungella National Park, approximately a one hour drive west of Mackay, is home to one of the most reliable spots in Australia to spot the elusive platypus - in the wild! From the viewing decks at Broken River, spot this shy creature in it's natural habitat, as well as turtles and other wildlife in this beautiful National Park.

Gargett

Gargett, Mackay Area
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Eungella National Park

Eungella, Mackay Area
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Eungella National Park, sitting high above the surrounding plains, is a mist-shrouded and forest-clad mountain refuge harbouring diverse plants and wildlife. One of Queensland’s most ecologically diverse parks, a visit to Eungella is both an exciting adventure and an escape to tranquillity.

Kuttabul

Kuttabul, Mackay Area
Kuttabul is a character-filled rural town, approximately 33 kilometres north-west of Mackay on the Bruce Highway. The Kuttabul Hotel is the heart of the area, hosting a vast array of entertainment throughout the year, as well as providing warm rural service.
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