Author: Tahlia Maynard Date Posted:12 March 2017
About 40min north-east of Australia’s Beef Capital - Rockhampton, Yeppoon will let you recharge your batteries while having a little bit of seaside fun.
Average Winter Temps: 15-25°C
Traditional Land of: Darumbal people
Yepoon is the gateway to the Capricorn Coast and the Southern Great Barrier Reef, when driving North this little known gem is the sleepy idyllic village you’ve been holding out for.
With the requisite awe-inspiring surrounding national parks and endless reefs and beaches you can be as active or as lazy as you like. If you’re a competent off road 4-wheel driver Byfield’s dunes and beaches await you. If you prefer others doing the driving, a chartered sail on the reef or to nearby islands might be more up your ally. Plus, with world class golf tournaments held locally annually (Capricorn Resort Golf Classic and Pines Capricorn Coast Invitational) you’ll be spoilt for choice if a few holes is your idea of the perfect afternoon.
- Capricorn Coast
- Keppel Bay Islands
- Mount Etna Caves
- Mount Archer
Attractions & Activities:
- Day Trips - Keppel Islands & Rockhampton
- Emu Park Seaside Markets
- Shell World
- Footlights Theatre Restaurant
- Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary
- Koorana Crocodile Farm
- The Big Camel
- 4 Wheel Driving
Beachside Caravan Park
Small and intimate older style caravan park right on the beach. With no boom gates, no codes and charming owners who’ll help you back in and get set up, the only thing you need to worry about is beer o’clock. Sites vary in size and are designated according to your needs. There are all the basic facilities, a little old perhaps but well maintained and immaculately clean, and if you can’t be bothered cooking it’s only a ten minute walk into town. The perfect spot to recharge your batteries, drifting off to sleep to the sound of waves rolling onto the shore.
Free Camping / Low Cost Camping:
Red Rock & Water Creek Park - Turnoffs located off Byfield Rd
Located in Byfield State Forest Park. Outstanding coastal scenery, massive sand dunes, rugged pinnacles and remote camping opportunities are highlights of a visit to Byfield National Park and Regional Park. Picturesque recreation areas surrounded by rainforest-edged creeks, rugged mountains, pine plantations and ancient cycads are highlights of a visit to Byfield State Forest.
Approx $5.75/night, per person.
Kershaw Gardens - Rockhampton
Overnight stopover located at Kershaw Gardens in Rockhampton.
As of April 2015 this free camp has been closed due to Tropical Cyclone Marcia, however keep your eyes peeled for a re-opening.
3.8 km south of the Fitzroy River Bridge turn off Bruce Hwy onto Port Curtis Rd and follow for approximately 4km. Narrow section between the road and the lagoon with lots of shady trees. You must be self sufficient and time limits apply.