Capricorn Region | Places to Visit

From the Beef Capital of Australia to an idyllic private island on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, Capricorn is a region of contrasts. Meet laid-back locals in small coastal communities, snorkel and dive on fringing reef, and get away from the crowds on the undiscovered islands of the Keppel Group.

Rockhampton

Dating back to 1853, Rockhampton – the capital of Capricorn – is known for its classic Queensland architecture, grand sandstone pubs and sprawling Botanic Gardens (one of the best in regional Australia). It’s also the nation’s beef capital, with about 2.6 million cattle in the region.

Rockhampton is 40km inland from the Capricorn Coast and sits on the Fitzroy River. Rockhampton Airport is 10 minutes from the centre and has direct flights from Brisbane, Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast.

Islands

Just off the Capricorn Coast are the blissfully uncrowded islands of the Southern Great Barrier Reef. Great Keppel Island is the most developed, with resort and camping accommodation options and 17 idyllic white sand beaches. Or get away from it all on Pumpkin Island, a private retreat with seven cottages offering space for a maximum of 34 guests.

Transfers to the islands depart from Yeppoon, about 40 minutes north-west of Rockhampton. Ferries to Great Keppel depart from the Rosslyn Bay Marina and take about 30 minutes. Boats to Pumpkin Island depart from Keppel Bay Marina and take 45 minutes.




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Hidden Valley Cabins

Hidden Valley, Rockhampton Area
From AU$89 - 229
Hidden Valley Cabins is an award winning eco resort. Located one and half hours north west of Townsville, on the western slope of the Paluma range in Queensland, Australia. Due to the resort's elevation the climate is cooler and less humid than areas close to the coast.

Empire Apartment Hotel

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$185 - 500
Empire Apartment Hotel is Rockhampton's newest and largest Apartment Hotel taking pride of place on the finest riverfront site in Central Queensland. Empire's 120 sophisticated guest rooms offer breathtaking panoramic views straight from the heart of the CBD Riverfront Precinct.

Henderson Park Farm Retreat

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$195 - 275
Henderson Park, a fifth generation family run working cattle property, is uniquely positioned just 10 minutes off the East Coast Highway and 30 minutes north of Rockhampton, Central Queensland. Join an educational property tour, simply unwind or take a break from travelling.

Quest Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$169 - 425
Quest Rockhampton is conveniently situated on the banks of the Fitzroy River along Victoria Parade in the Rockhampton Central Business District within walking distance to dining, shopping, entertainment and sporting precincts.

Echelon Apartments Yeppoon

Yeppoon, Livingstone Area
From AU$176 - 450
A heavenly retreat awaits at Echelon Apartments Yeppoon on the Capricorn Coast, with prime beachfront position and panoramic ocean views. Situated on Anzac Parade, less than 50 metres from beautiful Yeppoon Main Beach, divine views of the Keppel Islands can be enjoyed in absolute privacy from a choice of 40 luxury holiday apartments that come complete with their own outdoor entertaining balcony - extending seamlessly from contemporary open planned living areas - so self-contained, you will never want to leave.

Great Keppel Island Hideaway

Great Keppel Island,
From AU$130 - 330
Great Keppel Island Hideaway welcomes guests to share their barefoot island paradise, an authentic locally owned Island resort situated on the Southern Great Barrier Reef, merely 30 minutes ferry from Yeppoon.

Pumpkin Island

Yeppoon, Livingstone Area
From AU$325 - 2870
One of Australia's hidden gems and best-kept island secrets nestled in the Keppel Group of islands, 14 kilometres off the coast from Yeppoon. A holiday on Pumpkin Island offers a blissful escape from the stresses of modern day life and a chance to partake in pristine nature.

Denison Boutique Hotel

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$120 - 155
The Denison Boutique Hotel is located on the south side of Rockhampton on the corner of Denison and Stanley Street, only a five minute walk to the railway station, beautiful Fitzroy River, East Street Central Business District, restaurants and a popular shopping mall.

Discovery Parks - Rockhampton

North Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$35 - 220
Discovery Parks - Rockhampton is a quality property situated in North Rockhampton and covers an area of 10 acres with beautifully landscaped gardens. They offer a large variety of self-contained cabins and villas to suit every budget and need from individuals, families to larger sporting groups.

Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
From AU$127 - 329
Travelodge Hotel Rockhampton is located in the heart of Rockhampton in the hub of sunny Central Queensland. Overlooking the Fitzroy River, the hotel is only a short drive from the airport and is a great launching point for the famous Great Keppel Island.
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