The Capricorn Coast is the area known as the central Queensland coast and encompasses towns such as Gladstone, Rockhampton and Yeppoon as well as many smaller towns and the islands in the Keppel group with the major one being Great Keppel Island. Although a long way inland towns such as Carnarvon Gorge and Emerald are said to be part of the Capricorn Coast. There is something in this area for everyone but the beach goer will think they are in paradise with beaches of white sand and crystal waters with very few people around. There are some great scuba and snorkeling experiences to be had and just camping or sitting on the beach is a great way to relax.
Rockhampton is inland from Yeppoon and is a large cattle area and a major town. You can find plenty of sporting activities here such as swimming, tennis and golf. Rockhampton is home to the University of Central Queensland. Visit the Dreamtime Cultural Centre, the Archer park Steam tram Museum and the Rockhampton Heritage Village.
Go on one of the Capricorn Coast Tours of local caves and enter the limestone cave which have won many environmental and tourism awards. See the tiny bats, Summer Solstice Lights or for the real thrill seekers go wild cave exploring or abseiling. Horse riding trails are a great adventure and there are guided trails for most levels of rider and visit the Fairbairn Dam and Lake Maraboon where there are large Red Claw Crayfish and many species of barramundi. You can enjoy swimming and water skiing here and have a picnic or BBQ.
Gracemere Exhibition Complex at the saleyards 8 km west of Rockhampton is an interesting excursion. Here the world largest stud sale is held as well as Australia’s biggest horse sale. There is plenty of accommodation on the Capricorn Coast to suit all budgets and tastes and there is no end to the restaurants, cafes, pubs and shops to make your experience a lot of fun.