The Capricorn Coast

The Capricorn Coast in the Southern Great Barrier Reef is exciting, diverse and breathtakingly beautiful. Visitors to the Coast enjoy golden days and balmy, moonlit evenings with the brilliant sunsets and scents of the tropics as well as the crispness of a temperate climate. The Coast is under the Tropic of Capricorn, for which it is named, and it sweeps along the Pacific Ocean.

You can still enjoy a beach to yourself at the Capricorn Coast with views of Great and North Keppel Islands and the many smaller islands, which act as stepping-stones to the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef.

Great Keppel Island is a popular island to visitors and is accessible by a 30-minute ferry ride. Ferry services operate daily out of Rosslyn Bay. Sailing and cruising options are available from Keppel Bay Marina.

Yeppoon is the Coast’s major town, which has retained its village style appeal, yet offers a variety of wonderful restaurants, accommodation and shops. The beaches along the Capricorn Coast are touched by the legacy of Captain James Cook. Emu Park, the second largest town on the Capricorn Coast, has honoured Cook’s exploration with a monument, the famous ‘Singing Ship’, a soaring white sculpture with Great Keppel Island as a back drop.

Lammermoor, Kinka, Mullambin and Kemp beaches, Cooee Bay and the Causeway Lake, all line the Capricorn Coast offering many pleasures and so much beauty you will never want to leave.

Must Do’s

  • Take a day trip to majestic Great Keppel island.
  • Visit one of the local arts, craft and food markets and sample some local creations and produce
  • Cuddle a koala at Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Discover the cool world of the Byfield Rainforest and nearby National Park
  • Ignore the old advise “never smile at a crocodile” and enjoy a visit to Koorana Crocodile Farm.
  • Explore the mysterious Capricorn Caves by day – or by candlelight if you dare!
  • Stop for a coffee at one of the local cafés
  • Tickle your funnybone at Footlights Theatre Restaurant
  • Tee off at one of the quality local golf courses
  • Explore the popular Farnborough Beach – a surfing and fishing hot spot!
  • Grab some light tackle and try your luck fishing in one of the local estuaries