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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Comet

Comet, Central Highlands Area
Comet is located in the Central Highlands, 39 kilometres east of Emerald on the Capricorn Highway. Comet was established in association with the westward development of the railway line from Rockhampton.

Stubby Bend

Tambo, Blackall-Tambo Area
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On the banks of the Barcoo River away from the highway noise, Stubby Bend offers fully self-contained travellers a free site for camping. A variety of birds visit the area throughout the day, you can watch the kangaroos grazing in the afternoons, and quite often at night friendly possums will visit your camp site.

Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
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You’ll need at least a week to fully appreciate the beauty and diversity of this park, set deep in the Central Highlands. Walk, drive, hike and camp in the park's four sections and be captivated by the diverse landscapes and rich wildlife of the Sandstone Wilderness.

Minerva Hills National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Spectacular jagged peaks provide a scenic backdrop to this Central Queensland national park. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years ago, Mount Boorambool and cliff-fringed Mount Zamia dominate the landscape today.

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
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If you love fishing, you're going to love this holiday destination. Lake Maraboon is stocked with eight different kinds of fish including barramundi, making it a popular spot for anglers. You'll also find a healthy population of red claw crayfish in the area.

Virgin Rock

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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Ka Ka Mundi, Carnarvon National Park

Springsure, Central Highlands Area
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The sandstone cliffs of the Great Dividing Range dominate the clear blue skyline to the south as you drive across the open, undulating country towards Ka Ka Mundi. This remote section of Carnarvon National Park features more than 30km of sandstone escarpments and plateaus.

Injune

Injune, Maranoa Area
Set your bearings for adventure! Tucked at the foot of the majestic Carnavon Range, 90 kilometres north of Roma on the Great Inland Way, the thriving township of Injune is the perfect base for adventurous travellers.

Rolleston

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
Rolleston is in the southeast of Queensland's Central Highlands and is the nearest town to the world renowned Carnarvon Gorge and Carnarvon National Park. Rolleston is 70 kilometres east of Springsure and can be reached by travelling along the Great Inland Way.

Anakie

Anakie, Central Highlands Area
Anakie is positioned at the Sapphire Gemfields 'crossroads' along the Capricorn Highway, and hosts Australia's largest sapphire exhibition, the 'Gemfest - Festival of Gems' over four days each August.
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