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

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

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Carriers Arms Hotel Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$106 - 145
The Carriers Arms Hotel Motel is in the heart of Maryborough and boasts 38 motel units, TAB, Keno, Pokies, Carriers Cellars Liquor Barn, family bistro with kids room, function rooms and live entertainment Friday and Saturday evenings.

McNevins Maryborough Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$130 - 190
McNevins Maryborough Motel is the perfect base for corporate and leisure travellers in the Fraser Coast region. They are located a few minutes walk from Maryborough’s central business district, on the road to popular Hervey Bay and Fraser Island.

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Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$25 - 110
Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of Huntsville Caravan Park, set on the banks of the Mary River in Maryborough. Located just five minutes from the town centre, golf course, bowling greens, RSL Club, and opposite a shopping centre and 500 metres to boat ramp.

Blue Shades Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$120 - 260
Blue Shades Motel offers a variety of rooms to suit your requirements, taste and budget. With easy access from the highway, covered car spaces and solid construction, rooms quiet and convenient. There are 35 rooms in total.

Cara Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$99 - 140
The Cara Motel in Maryborough offers clean, spacious accommodation, reverse cycle air-conditioned suites, all on ground level, in a quiet environment; the ideal corporate and family motel, with free WiFi broadband internet and free12 channel Foxtel for your convenience.

Arkana Motel

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$95 - 195
Located in the Heritage City of Maryborough, the Arkana Motel offers superb accommodation. Conveniently located minutes from the city center, the Arkana Motel is the perfect base to explore the Fraser Coast.

Eco Queenslander Holiday Home

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$140 - 200
Eco Queenslander is a multi-award winning and sustainable family holiday home located in Maryborough, it accommodates up to five guests and is an ideal base for touring the Fraser Coast region. Eco Queenslander is a classic and quaint, craftsman built home which retains many of its original features:

Le Piaf on Treasure Bed and Breakfast

Maryborough, Fraser Coast Area
From AU$85 - 110
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