Set out for an oceanside escape on the breathtaking Capricorn Coast and discover Queensland’s hidden gem, Yeppoon. Spend your holiday soaking up the sunshine, snorkelling the Southern Great Barrier Reef or venturing just a little out of town to enjoy fun-filled local activities and natural attractions, all while staying in comfort at NRMA Yeppoon Holiday Park. With so much to see and do, we have the perfect locals guide to make sure you make the most of your next break.
Experience the best of nature, less than half an hour from Yeppoon, in the Byfield State Forest. Visitors won’t just be treated to an abundance of wildlife and lush flora, but also spectacular mountain views and more than 15,000 hectares of rainforest, creeks and beaches. For 4WDing fans, you also have the option to venture further into the Byfield National Park and Conservation Park on bush and beach tracks.
Image source: yeppooncapricorncoast.com.au
If you need to cool off from the hot Queensland sun, there’s no better than the nearby fresh waters of Stony Creek. Bring your swimmers and take a dip in the clear water, relax on the banks of the Creek or lace up your walking shoes and discover one of the many trails. Circuits range in distance, from the 900m Venusta circuit to the 4.3km Stony Creek circuit.
To discover a local natural wonder head to the Capricorn Caves. Found half an hour inland from Yeppoon, the limestone caves have a lit pathway that allows you to zig-zag through passages, or for those looking for an adrenalin filled adventure you can set out on a wild caving exploration or abseiling tour.
Once you have explored the best of the mainland take a short trip offshore to the world-renowned Great Keppel Island. With its long stretches of white sand and crystal blue waters, you’ll feel a million miles away from the everyday rush. The island is perfect for day-trips, with plenty of water sports on offer, including snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding and jet skiing or spend your time discovering the 15 gorgeous beaches and coral gardens. Access is easy with Keppel Konnections or Freedom Fast Cats providing short ferry rides multiple times a day.
Image source: capricornholidays.com.au
For artistic inspiration, you won’t be able to go past a visit to Nob Creek Pottery. Surrounded by the Byfield Rainforest, the shop provides a range of magnificent hand-crafted art pieces and homewares.
For art with a difference take a visit to The Singing Ship at Emu Park. The sculpture represents the billowing sail, mast and rigging of the Endeavor, while the concealed organ pipes fueled by the sea breezes create a gentle musical tone. The Singing Ship monument is part of the centenary of the ANZAC Memorial Walk which wraps around the coastline.
If leisure activities are more your holiday style the Capricorn Coast is well known for its fantastic fishing. Whether you’re an experienced fisher or just looking to drop a line the options are endless. For the best crabbing head 15 minutes south of Yeppoon to Kinka Beach. Explore the Causeway Lake before tossing in a crab pot, you won’t be disappointed with huge mud crabs a frequent catch. For those looking to catch a fish, head to Statue Bay and Double Head. Offering Jewfish, Tuna, Cod and Mackerel you can either try your luck solo or take advantage of local knowledge and join a fishing charter like Kona Fishing and Cruising Charters.
To experience wildlife of the fluffier kind, make sure to stop by Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary for the opportunity to cuddle a koala, interact with birds, or hand-feed kangaroos. The sanctuary rehabilitates and cares for 150+ sick and injured animals each year and has a wonderful adopt-an-animal program.
Image source: cooberriepark.com.au
Wine and dine
For a bite to eat, this little store not only offers delicious dining options but is filled with personality. Set in the bush, the Byfield General Store and Bush Café serves up generous meals, with the burgers and wraps renowned as the best this side of the tropic.
For the freshest seafood head to the Rosslyn Bay Fisherman’s Co-op at the Keppel Bay Marina. You’ll find daily fresh reef fish, prawns, bugs and mud crabs, all locally sourced. Or for an award-winning sit-down meal dine at The Waterline Restaurant. The restaurant is open daily and offers stunning views, delicious steak and premium seafood dishes.
Fun in park
While there are an endless number of things to do in Yeppoon and its surrounds, NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park also provides fantastic features and facilities for guests to enjoy without leaving the park. The kids will be entertained for hours riding the double loop water slide, reaching new heights on the jumping pillow, challenging each other to table tennis and pool in the recreation room or cruising around the park in a pedal go-kart. But it’s not just facilities for the kids, adults can enjoy a dip at the swimming pool, meet some new friends with an afternoon barbecue or relax and watch a movie under the stars at the outdoor theatre.
NRMA Capricorn Yeppoon Holiday Park
Choose from a range of accommodation options including two and three-bedroom villas, studios, powered and unpowered sites.Check availability