The Capricorn Coast and Southern Great Barrier Reef in central Queensland is a holiday destination that is packed with natural wonders, foodie delights and award-winning tourist attractions. It’s the ideal spot for a family getaway.
A terrific place to start is the seaside town of Yeppoon. And a great place to stay is at Salt Apartments. It offers 50 four and a half star apartments, 2 resort-style pools, a gym and one of Yeppoon’s top restaurants right next to the lobby. And best of all, every apartment has incredible water views!
A popular hangout in town is the Yeppoon Lagoon. It’s accessible to wheelchairs, there’s a shallow play area for kids and there’s room for doing laps. There’s also a café on-site and a playground nearby. And best of all, the views out to Great Keppel Island are amazing!
In the nearby town of Emu Park, visitors can learn about WW1 history thanks to the Centenary of ANZAC Memorial Walk. The walk follows the coastline and is lined with memorials created by local artists. The path ends at the Singing Ship which was built in 1970 to commemorate Captain Cook’s journey through the region.
The Capricorn Coast might be most well known for its natural beauty, but it’s also fast becoming a foodie hub. And locals, with the help of the Australian Government Bushfire Recovery Initiative’, will soon launch the ‘Capricorn Coast Food Trail’.
It’ll feature over 30 growers, and some of the region’s most popular cafes, restaurants and tourist spots including the Koorana Crocodile Farm, the Keppel Sands Ko-Op, the High Valley Dawn Permaculture Farm and Beaches Restaurant.
One of the region’s most popular natural attractions is the Capricorn Caves. It offers awe-inspiring wonders and is accessible to all. Some parts of the cave system are so large that underground weddings and opera performances are often held.
For a totally different view of the region, the Nurim Circuit Elevated Boardwalk at Mount Archer is perfect. It’s 500 metres up and offers spectacular panoramas of the city and the Fitzroy River.
And for another unique perspective of the Fitzroy, why not head out on the water with River Cruises CQ. They offer sunset and night time tours that take in the history of the city and the river’s rich natural history.
Another terrific water-based tour is ‘The Keppel Explorer’. It departs Keppel Bay Marina and offers up a high-speed island-hopping adventure. Guests can visit up to ten islands and 30 secluded beaches.
Visitors to the islands have the option of staying in cozy accommodation on Great Keppel Island and Pumpkin Island. But many of the islands are also open to campers. Imagine it. A tropical island, all to yourself, for just $6.75 a night!