The Capricorn Region | Things to See and Do

If you enjoy the road a little less travelled, Capricorn offers a myriad of unforgettable experiences and simple pleasures. From sunset walks on the beach and fish and chips to exploring sandstone gorges, sapphire gemfields and the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit Great Keppel Island for a lazy Sunday picnic or join a day cruise and snorkel on the spectacular Southern Great Barrier Reef surrounded by coral, fish and diverse marine life.
  • Sit back and enjoy an ice cold beer and one of Rocky’s famous steaks in one of the city’s grand old pubs and heritage precincts.
  • For a natural encounter of a different kind visit a crocodile farm. Get your photo taken holding a baby croc and tuck into unique dishes like a delicious crocodile pie
  • Love gemstones? Browse the shops at Rubyvale, Sapphire and Anakie or go fossicking for your own at Willows Gemfields.
  • Head inland to Lake Maraboon and throw a line in – this lake is home to some of Australia’s great catches like Murray Cod, Yellowbelly and Barramundi.

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Freedom Fast Cats

Multiple Locations
Freedom Fast Cats takes you through the spectacular Keppel Bay Islands; located at Southern Great Barrier Reef near the Tropic of Capricorn, and boasting some of the most pristine beaches, and unspoilt habitats the reef has to offer.

Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary

Yeppoon, Livingstone Area
From AU$20 - 30
At Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary, you can cuddle a koala, hold a snake and hand feed their very friendly kangaroos and wallabies whilst you experience more than 350 fascinating native animals, across 70 Species.

Capricorn Caves

The Caves, Livingstone Area
From AU$32 - 90
Capricorn Caves is the premier nature based attraction in Central Queensland. Here you can explore spectacular caves set in a limestone ridge and even spot little insectivorous bats in certain seasons.

Keppel Bay Marina

Capricorn Coast, Livingstone Area
Free Entry
Located at the gateway to the Keppel Group of Islands, Keppel Bay Marina is the friendliest and largest marina in Northern Australia. The multi award winning tourist facility is home to over 500 berths, The Waterline Restaurant, Sail Capricornia and a range of charter vessels.

Marlborough Historical Museum

Marlborough, Livingstone Area
From AU$2 - 2
The Marlborough Historical Museum strives to inspire the generations of our community through careful preservation and passionate celebration of their heritage. Exhibits in the Museum include a Chrysoprase display, women's work display, machinery display, horse drawn vehicle display and blacksmith's shed.

Shelving Beach Dive Site

The Keppels,
The Keppel Islands off Yeppoon are a great place for divers to explore, but this area also has some wonderful snorkelling sites, with one of the most popular being Shelving Beach. Located at the south west corner of Great Keppel Island, Shelving Beach can be a little difficult to reach without a boat, but many visitors walk the bush track to explore this secluded spot.

Emerald Centenary of Federation Mosaic Pathway

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
A step by step snapshot of Emerald's history is situated in Morton Park, Emerald. This project was made possible by Centenary of Federation funding. Walk the mosaic pathway which depicts 100 years of Emerald’s history with 21 intricately tiled designs.

Rubyvale Gem Gallery

Rubyvale, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
Australian Tourism Award winning Rubyvale Gem Gallery is a small family business established in 1988, and now situated in their new shop on Main Street in Rubyvale. For over 40 years Peter Brown has been mining and cutting the local sapphires, and setting them in uniquely designed jewellery.

Peak Range Lookout - Capella

Capella, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
The distinctive Peak Range, a succession of gigantic conical and dome topped mountains north of Capella, is a photographer's delight. Discover the grandeur of the Peaks up close on a self drive tour, or while sampling country hospitality.

Kershaw Gardens

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
Rockhampton's Kershaw Gardens were officially opened in September 1988 as part of a project celebrating the Australian Bicentenary. Initial development of the gardens commenced in 1976, on an old landfill reclamation area.
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