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The popular coastal resort of Yeppoon lies on the shores of Keppel Bay. Yeppoon and the beaches to its south – Cooee Bay, Rosslyn Bay, Causeway Lake, Emu Park and Keppel Sands – are known as the Capricorn Coast. Great Keppel Island Resort lies 13 kilometres offshore and is a popular holiday destination offering great swimming, snorkelling and diving.

Visitor Information

Capricorn Coast Visitor Information Centre, Ross Creek Roundabout, Scenic Hwy; (07) 4939 4888

Nearby national parks

  • Cania Gorge National Park

    Cania Gorge, a dramatic landscape of gullies, caves and spectacular 70-metre-high sandstone cliffs, is the centrepiece of this national park...more

  • Isla Gorge National Park

    Isla Gorge National Park, in Queensland’s Central Highlands, lies at the southern end of the Dawson Range and features rugged...more

Nearby towns

  • Rockhampton

    Rockhampton is a prosperous city that straddles the Tropic of Capricorn. It is known as the beef capital of Australia, with some 2.5 million...more

  • Mount Morgan

    Located in the Capricorn region south-west of Rockhampton is the quaint historic mining town of Mount Morgan. Said to be the largest single...more

  • Gladstone

    Gladstone is a modern city on the central coast of Queensland. Matthew Flinders discovered Port Curtis, Gladstone's deep-water harbour, in...more

In Town

The Esplanade: attractive strip of shops, galleries and cafes overlooking parkland and crystal-clear water.

Doll and Antiquity Museum: Hidden Valley Rd.


Great Keppel Island Popular island-holiday destination with over 15 beaches to explore, swim and relax on. There is snorkelling and diving offshore and walks exploring the island's centre, including an interesting Aboriginal culture trail. Various styles of accommodation are offered. Access is by ferry from Keppel Bay Marina at Rosslyn Bay Harbour. 7 km S.

Byfield National Park This coastal park offers uninterrupted views of the ocean from its long beaches. Explore the open woodlands and forest or take in coastal views from the headlands at Five Rock and Stockyard Point. Fishing and boating are popular at Sandy Point at the south of the park. 4WD only; experience in sand driving is essential. (07) 4936 0511; 32 km N.

Boating: bareboat and fishing charters, sea access to Great Keppel Island and nearby underwater observatory, and water taxis to Keppel Bay islands; all from Keppel Bay Marina; 7 km S.

Wetland Tour: Australian nature tour at Rydges Capricorn International Resort; 9 km N.

Cooberrie Park: noted flora and fauna reserve; 15 km N.

Emu Park: small village community with historical museum and interesting 'singing ship' memorial to Captain Cook – the sea breezes cause hidden organ pipes to make sounds. There is a Service of Remembrance to American troops each July, and Octoberfest is held each Oct; 19 km S.

Byfield State Forest: the extremely rare Byfield fern is harvested here. Walks include the 4.3 km Stony Creek circuit track through rainforest and the boardwalk along Waterpark Creek; adjacent to Byfield National Park.

Keppel Sands: this popular spot for fishing and crabbing is home to the excellent emerging Joskeleigh South Sea Island Museum, with the Koorana Crocodile Farm nearby; 38 km SW.

Keppel Bay Islands National Park: this scenic group of islands is popular for walks, snorkelling, reef-walking and swimming; private boat or water taxi from Keppel Bay Marina; (07) 4933 6595.

Capricorn Coast Coffee: Australia's largest coffee plantation; tours available; details from visitor centre.

Scenic flights: over islands and surrounds from Hedlow Airport (between Yeppoon and Rockhampton); details from visitor centre.

Fishing spots near town

Yeppoon 2 km

Yeppoon, about 30 mins drive north-east of Rockhampton, is the main port for visitors wanting to go to the Keppel Islands. In the harbour at Rosslyn Bay I met up with fourth-generation cattle producer Richard Wilson and... Find out more

Waterpark Creek 23 km

Unlike its namesake Corio Bay at Geelong in Victoria, best known for its snapper and King George whiting, Corio Bay in north Queensland produces trevally, barramundi, threadfin salmon and a host of other tropical... Find out more

Fitzroy River 36 km

Great fishing rivers flow through some of our best known cities: the Yarra in Melbourne, the Swan in Perth and the Derwent in Hobart, to name a few. One of the best city rivers I have come across is the Fitzroy, which... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Caving - Rockhampton 37 km

Escape the sunshine for a while with an hourlong, eco-certified tour of Capricorn Caves, 23 kilometres north of Rockhampton. These caves feature intricately sculpted formations and the tour includes an optional... Find out more

Golf courses around town

Capricorn Resort (Championship course) 8 km

The late 1980s and early ’90s were days of a course building boom in Queensland, on the Gold Coast especially. But one developer, the Japan-based Iwasaki Group, chose a relatively isolated location near Yeppoon,... Find out more

Campsites around town

Conical Island camping area (boat-based camping) 16 km

Conical Island has a small camping area with space for 6 campers. There are picnic tables but no other facilities, so you need to be self-sufficient, bringing water and a gas/fuel stove. Coral reefs to the west of the... Find out more

North Keppel Island (Considine Beach) Campground (boat-based camping) 17 km

This site with space for 75 self-sufficient campers is at the southern end of Considine Beach on the western side of North Keppel Island. Bring water, rubbish bags and a gas/fuel stove. Sandflies and mosquitoes are... Find out more

Miall Island camping area (boat-based camping) 17 km

This tiny camping site behind the foredunes only has space for 6 self-sufficient campers and there are no facilities besides picnic tables. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove. Reefs on the south-eastern and northern sides... Find out more

Pelican Island camping area (boat-based camping) 18 km

Camping is restricted to 6 people at any one time on rugged, isolated Pelican Island, and no facilities are provided. It is suitable for self-sufficient campers only. Bring water and a gas/fuel stove.... Find out more

Middle Island (Southeastern Beach) camping area (boat-based camping) 19 km

This campsite, behind the dunes of the smallest of Middle Island’s 3 beaches, offers excellent access to the large reef to the west of the island. Picnic tables are the only facilities on the island, so this site... Find out more

Scouts camping area (bush camping) 22 km

Accessible only by boat or walking at low tide from Corio Bay carpark, this small campground on the northern side of Corio Bay has room for just 20 campers and no facilities. It’s suitable for self-sufficient... Find out more

Humpy Island camping area (boat-based camping) 25 km

The national park’s most popular camping area, Humpy Island has space for up to 60 self-sufficient campers. The campground is on the island’s northern beach; taps throughout the site provide bore water not... Find out more

Divided Island camping area (boat-based camping) 27 km

Self-sufficient campers can pitch a tent at this small campground. The maximum number of people permitted to camp at the site is 6; there are no facilities. The beach on the western side is a recommended spot for... Find out more

Upper Stony camping area 28 km

Adjacent to Stony Creek, this campground is in a great location, close to swimming areas and bushwalking tracks. There are 18 numbered sites and some are suitable for vans and camper trailers. Automated barbecues are in... Find out more

Red Rock camping area 29 km

Camp under the pine trees at this grassy campground 1 km along the turn-off signed on Byfield Rd, just before the Byfield Forestry office. Small generators (65 dBA or quieter) are permitted between 8am and 7pm and open... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Beachside Caravan Park 1 km

This is a popular beachside park with good basic facilities, located on the shores of Keppel Bay. Bookings are required in peak holiday periods.... Find out more

BIG4 Capricorn Palms Holiday Village 8 km

Set back from the coast this is a spacious quality park on a large parcel of land. There are extensive facilities and it is a great place for a holiday. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Island View Caravan Park 11 km

This is a popular, good quality park opposite the beach, just 14 km south of Yeppoon. It is in a great holiday area; bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies over Christmas and Easter.... Find out more

Bell Park Caravan Park 16 km

This is a great council park with large grassy areas on a picturesque coastline. Just walk over the dunes to the beach or stroll to the centre of town. There is a pool and playground beside the caravan park. Bookings are... Find out more

Capricorn Caves Tourist Park 26 km

This good quality park forms part of the Olsens Caves complex. It is just walking distance from the caves, which are worth a visit. The park has a cafe. We enjoyed our visit. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks – Rockhampton 33 km

This is a great park on the north side of Rockhampton, easily accessible from the highway. There is a licensed restaurant, half tennis court, mini golf course, pool and coffee shop. This is a good base in Rockhampton.... Find out more

Riverside Tourist Park 36 km

This is a very popular council park on the banks of the river, a short walk across the bridge from the city centre. It is a place that will suit those looking for a quality, no-frills stay. Bookings are required in peak... Find out more

Southside Holiday Village 39 km

This is a quality park on the southern approaches to Rockhampton, 3.5 km from the city centre. Enjoy the heated swimming pool and the camp kitchen here. This is a good base for a stay in Rockhampton. Bookings are... Find out more

Mount Morgan Motel and Van Park 69 km

A very tidy basic park, ideal for an overnight stay or a few days in Mount Morgan, this spot allows you to explore the historic town from a very suitable base.... Find out more

BIG4 Barney Beach 97 km

This is a quality park with a good range of facilities and spotless amenities. It is in a quiet area away from the centre of town and just 80 metres from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Capricorn Resort Yeppoon

Thirty minutes from the centre of Rockhampton, this resort is set on the edge of a 20-kilometre-long beach. It has 281 accommodation units, ranging from rooms to self-catering suites and apartments, all with private... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Yaamba rest area 38 km

At Yaamba

Just off the highway and next to a roadhouse.

Mount Larcom park area 80 km

At Mt Larcom

Just off the highway in front of a cafe.

Marlborough park area 94 km

At Marlborough

Next to the swimming pool via the main street through town.

What's on around town

Market: showgrounds; Sat mornings.

Fig Tree Markets: 1st Sun each month.

Australia Day Celebrations: Jan.

Yeppoon Show: June.

Ozfest: World Cooeeing Competition; July.

Village Arts Festival: Aug.

Rodeo: Sept.

Yeppoon Tropical Pinefest: Sept/Oct.

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