The Capricorn Coast sweeps along the Pacific Ocean in Central Queensland, just half an hour’s drive from Rockhampton. Named after the Tropic of Capricorn under which it lies, the Coast has a wonderful temperate climate that is ideal for holiday activities. The beaches are amongst, if not, the best in the State: they are not crowded and boast the best views of Great Keppel Island and the many smaller islands, which lead out to the Great Barrier Reef. You can access these by sea or air. From Rosslyn Bay, fast catamarans make regular trips across to the islands daily and there are also various types of charter boats for hire.
Looking for something active? Take in the bush walks at Byfield State Forest and then dip in the refreshing waters of Stoney Creek. Before you leave, discover the local artwork and Pottery at Nob Creek Pottery.
Hire a paddle boat, go for a swim, throw a line in to fish, canoe around the beautiful beaches or creeks, hop on a water-ski and/or sit down and relax with a lovely picnic at the Causeway Lake, a clear stretch of water between the sandstone cliffs of Mulambin Beach and the tidal pools of Kinka Beach. At Emu Park, discover the beaches, bush-walking tracks and great fishing spots. See the Singing Ship – a sculpture honouring Captain James Cook’s 1770 exploration of the coastline – and yes, it does sing!