Photo: Carnarvon Gorge National Park
Here there are beautiful rainforests, sapphire gemfields to explore or venture out on a cruise to the Great Barrier Reef and the popular Heron and Great Keppel islands.
The city of Rockhampton is a good place for an extended stay. There are some 13 beautiful beaches between Yeppoon and Emu Park.
Rockhampton Art Gallery and Rockhampton’s Historical Village are well worth a visit for those seeking an artistic and historical perspective.
There are numerous buildings that date back to Rockhampton’s early days as a rivermouth port. Some are simply wonderful examples of colonial architecture in their palm tree setttings.
One of the noteworthy places to visit would be the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens, 38 hectares of lush gardens with palms, ferns and cycads.
At the Rockhampton Heritage Village, each building in the village is a replica of one that once stood in the city, complete with period costumed townsfolk.
West of Rockhampton you can visit sapphire gemfields and explore Emerald, Anakie and Rubyvale. In Rubyvale you can fossick yourself with the family or go underground at the Miners Heritage and Bobby Dazzler walk-in mines.
See the Queensland Rockhampton Surrounds Map
Discover local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and culture with a visit to Rockhampton’s Dreamtime Cultural Centre, 30 acres of natural bushland reserve on ancient tribal sites.
There are Dreamtime and other displays, including dancing, guided tours, boomerang throwing and didgeridoo performances. Did you didgeridoo there?
Combine the adrenalin rush of a lifetime with the beauty of the Australia Great Barrier Reef in a sky/scuba dive adventure package. There are flights and cruises available to the islands and there are also tours to the mines and other cultural attractions.
The largest town on the Capricorn Coast, Yeppoon has developed into a popular destination for tourists with plenty of all the things that visitors like, including great resorth sytle shopping and things to do.
Just 30 minutes drive from Yeppoon and about 1 hour from Rockhampton is the coastal Byfield National Park.
Mackay is set between Brisbane and Cairns, and is a major regional and agricultural centre, particularly for sugar cane. See more about Mackay Queensland
The coast has accommodation of all kinds, including hotels, motels and a number of camping sites and well appointed caravan parks for those on caravan and road tours.
There are well known resorts on the Coast of Capricorn, including Rydges Capricorn International Resort and Yeppoon, as well as Great Keppel Island and Heron Island. The Barrier Reef islands are a great way to enjoy your vacation and you can do it with luxury and style.
You won’t find it any fresher, mouth-watering reef fish, prawns, balmain bugs, scallops and crabs. A fresh selection of seafood are available fresh in most of the towns along the Capricorn coast.
Accompanied with the local produce of fruit, vegetables and beef from this premier sub-tropical beef country make for great cuisine.
For more information - Capricorn Tourism & Development Organisation Tel +61 7 4927 2055.
Off the east coast of Queensland, Orpheus Island National Park north east of Rockhampton on the Australia Great Barrier Reef is located some 110 kilometres north east of Townsville with beautiful bays, sand beaches, colourful reefs and even more colourful fish.
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Photo: Wreck Beach, Great Keppel Island.
Photo Courtesy of Tourism Queensland Ezra Patchett