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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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.

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

Capricorn Coast, 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.

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.

Fairbairn Dam, Lake Maraboon

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
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.

Japanese Gardens, Blackwater

Blackwater, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
The Japanese Gardens in Blackwater are reputed to be the best of its kind in Queensland. The gardens mark the relationship between Blackwater and its sister city, Fujisawa in Japan. Japanese Gardens Blackwater are an ideal spot to stop on your trip along the Capricorn Highway, located between Emerald and Rockhampton.

Carnarvon Gorge, Carnarvon National Park

Rolleston, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
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.

Emerald Historic Railway Station

Emerald, Central Highlands Area
Free Entry
In 1899 Emerald’s first Railway Station was built, but unfortunately burned down within a year. In 1900 a new Railway Station was built of timber, with iron roof and wrought iron trimmings. The heritage-listed railway station boasts an elaborate entry with wrought iron lacework and pillared portico, offering great photo opportunities.

7 Day Outback Giants

Multiple Locations
Leaving from Emerald, pack your bags and hit the road for an Outback Queensland adventure. Highlights of this trip include fossicking for your fortune at the Sapphire Gemfields, watching the Outback Stockman’s Show, a Jet Tour at the Qantas Founders Museum, and meeting giants at the Australian Age of Dinosaurs!

The Tropic of Capricorn Spire

Rockhampton, Rockhampton Area
Free Entry
The Tropic of Capricorn is a line that represents the southernmost position of the sun on its annual journey. Rockhampton lies just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The Tropic of Capricorn Spire Visitor Information Centre is situated at 176 Gladstone Road, Rockhampton.
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